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MLG Spring Arena & Spring Championship Details
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On Wednesday, MLG shared some some details on their next two upcoming events for fighting games. The first event which is the Spring Arena, will take place in their studio in New York City on April 28th and is an expansion on their Winter Arena event for Starcraft 2. At this event, the top 8 placers in Soulcalibur V and Mortal Kombat at MLG Columbus are being flown to New York to compete in a $3400 prize pool for each respective game.

The second upcoming event which is the Spring Championship, takes place on June 8-10th in Anaheim, California and will feature SCV, MK, and KOFXIII. Spectator passes are already available for sale where as competitor passes go on sale May 1st.
Check after the break for further details.
Replays from MLG Winter Championships 2012
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Major League Gaming has uploaded their Soul Calibur V playlist from their Winter Championships 2012, which took place March 24th-25th. Although it's pre-1.02 patch play, you don't want to miss these high level matches in beautiful HD resolution provided by the professionals at MLG.

Soul Calibur V MLG Playlist

In addition to that, Rod "Slasher" Breslau from GameSpot also conducted a post-game interview with Keev after he won the tournament. Also be sure to check out the results thread from the tournament if you haven't done so already to give your shoutouts to the players and staff. MLG Winter Championships SCV Results
MLG Winter Championships Stream Schedule
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Yesterday, MLG posted the broadcast schedule for their live stream which begins today at 5PM Eastern. You can watch the fighting game stream for free up to 480P quality. If you want to watch the stream in HD, you can do so either by purchasing a Gold Membership or by purchasing an HD pass.

While you are watching, make sure you stop in the chatroom to talk about the events as they happen. With two big tournaments this weekend, there should be plenty to talk about.
Full schedule can be found after the break.

Namco Bandai Announces $10K World Wide Finals!

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Some of you may have heard over the grapevine: Namco Bandai will be holding a Worldwide Finals for Soulcalibur V on April 10 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada! Namco Bandai is Working with community Tournament Organizers from around the world to bring forth a legitimate tournament with the best players from around the world to compete for $10,000!

Anyone can attend the tournament as a spectator, but only 8 players will be able to compete. Namco Bandai has yet to announce the invitees, but they will be tournament winners from all around the world including Final Round, NorCal Regionals and MLG Winter Championships. In addition to the $10,000 pot, the event will have both MadCatz and Hori sponsoring additional unannounced prizes at the event itself.
Namco will also be providing a tour bus from Southern California.

MLG Winter Championships SCV Roster

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MLG has recently released their roster of registered entrants for the Soulcalibur V tournament at Winter Championships this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. If you missed the opportunity to purchase a competition pass online, you can still do so at the door on Friday, March 23rd between 10AM - 10PM.

You can also find the list after the break. If you are attending, make sure you also take a moment to check out the competition format, rules, and the event schedule.
Additional MLG Winter Championships Details
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Today, MLG has posted some further details on what to expect in terms of the fighting game events that will take place at the Winter Championships on March 23-25th. Specific to us, in terms of commentary, you can expect BrewtusBibulus on the mic during the broadcast for Soulcalibur V, which you will be able to find by clicking here when it goes live. Also in attendance will be Evil Geniuses' Justin Wong who will be competing in all three fighting game events. Also mentioned were EMP KDZ and eLivePro|Kayane also in attendance for SCV.

A full list of competitors will be provided on March 19th. If you plan on competing, make sure you've purchase your competitor pass. If you plan on watching from home, tune into the stream beginning at 5PM Eastern on Friday, March 23. If you plan on attending, you should ABSOLUTELY pre-register for the event, as seats are limited and are available at a first-come first-save basis.
MLG Announces Soulcalibur V Ruleset
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The full list of rules is here and it's fairly conformed to our standards, so allow me to cut right into the big differences. Contrary to one rumor I heard Devil Jin is banned, thank the gods. It's not listed, but a MLG rep has told me Dampierre will play. There are a few things that are out of the norm such as a draw is a win on both sides, loser chooses stage, extended series and desync penalties! Some of these have me excited and a couple I'm kinda torn on.

The draw is a win for both sides eliminates the epic runback from a draw in the event one player has already won a game... But that being said it's fair as both players did win the game.
Major League Gaming Announces Soulcalibur V!
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I would have posted this sooner, but I was too busy getting my ass beat at Final Round. This weekend, @MrMLGAdam MLG's Adam Apicella announced that Soulcalibur V and King of Fighters XIII would be joining Mortal Kombat 9 in their fighting game lineup for the 2012 season! In addition to that, the first event would be this month and feature $16,700 in prizes for each game!

The first SC5 tournament at MLG will be between March 23-25 at MLG Columbus Winter Championships. The schedule has already been posted and can be found after the break. Entry fees for MLG events are significantly higher than you may be used to, but the awards are much more lucrative. The majority of readers here are unfamiliar with the MLG experience, but don't worry, there is a very straight-forward announcement post explaining schedules, entry fees and gold memberships on the MLG website.
Kayane Receives Award From Guinness World Records
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Kayane has made it into the record books for being the first woman to place top 3 in 42 fighting game tournaments, for which the majority of those placements were for tournaments in Soulcalibur.

She was also invited to London to receive the accomplishment, which can be seen in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition for 2012. Please check her blog for more details. She received the award back in July along with Ryan Hart who received his own award, but had to keep it a secret until now. There will be more pictures from the shooting, including her cosplay as Chun-Li next month.
Critical Edge: Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face?
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If you were watching my Salty Battles #08 stream yesterday, you may have witnessed that sometime during the event I was informed of a new "hot topic" within the fighting game community (FGC). Admittedly, I have done zero research on this topic; but the facts on the issue are not nearly as important as the public perception and what they believe to be true.

My knowledge of the topic in question is directly related to discussions (or should I say, arguments) with the stream monsters on the twitch.tv/8wayrun channel. Readers may say "but thats not true", or "he/she never said that"; but as stated before, its all about perception. This article is my entry into the ongoing and current debate known as "eSports VS FGC"... Don't want to hear what I have to say? Well I have a website, so I have a voice.
Is being different so important?.