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Inside the UK’s Largest Fighter Tournament – Part One

Thursday, 13 October 2011 13:25 GMT By Alex Donaldson

In this in-depth two-parter on Super VS Battle 2011, Alex Donaldson talks to its founding father about what makes Britain’s biggest fighting game tournament tick.

Super VS Battle 2011

Held on Friday August 12-Sunday August 14, at the Harrow Leisure Centre, Middlesex.

This year’s tournament featured Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2, plus several more “friendly” and exhibition titles supplied by attendees.

The UK’s largest competitive fighter event with a cash prize pool drawn largely from participant and door fees.

All tournament battles captured; catch all the action on NeoEmpire’s YouTube Channel.

Part two available here.

It’s August 2011 and screams are erupting from a leisure centre in North West London. Hundreds of voices are cheering, whooping and hollering – and it’s nothing to do with the London Riots. Instead it’s all over Marvel vs. Capcom 3, where a major comeback has just taken place during the Pools phase of Super VS Battle 2011, the largest fighting game tournament in the UK.

“I’m not doing this like an interview – does that matter?” Richard ‘Shin Dragon’ Denton, one of the key organizers of SvB asks me as we sit down halfway through the tournament to discuss its birth. Compared to interviewing people like Bioware boss Greg Zeschuk or SEGA’s Yakuza boss-man Tashihiro Nagoshi, Denton is just an incredibly normal bloke.

He’s part of the core team of four responsible for Super VS Battle alongside his twin brother Marc, aka ‘Sho Dragon’, 33, Inti Lagos Brown, 29 and tournament mastermind and owner of NeoEmpire.com Simeon ‘Bullet Proof’ Lansicout, 34.

“Simeon doesn’t like to be in the limelight so much, so basically he’s the backbone,” Denton explains. “We run around and make sure things look good on event days, we manage the people – because we have a lot of volunteers for events too. Simeon puts it together, and then he trusts us to make it look pretty.

“Inti does all the groups and brackets and stuff. We just stick him in a corner and he does all that, he knows all 54 Street Fighter groups off the top of his head, he knows everything. He does an amazing job, and with him doing that we’re free to focus on the production and event-day running while Simeon handles the planning side.”

With competitor attendance and the presence of major special guests and sponsors put in jeopardy by the London Riots and fear of violence spilling over into the event, you’d expect Super Vs Battle to have a quiet year, but over 500 people show up – something Richard’s glad of, given all the planning.

“Simeon goes in there and sets stuff up. He talks to people, sponsors, companies, whatever, for about three months – and then we go in. That’s when we do the graphics, marketing, Facebook, Twitter, all that – we spend a good half a year on it. I’ll be jumping onto social networks once a day, creating hype, hinting at stuff. It’s a lifestyle – it’s all the time, non-stop.

“We do most of the front facing and Simeon does a lot of the back work,” I’m told. “I think it works quite well, because he’ll talk to a lot of the businesses and does a lot of the negotiation and then he turns to us and says ‘right, you have this to work with’ and we’ll do what we’ve gotta do to get this thing moving.”

Community Spirit
The Denton brothers have been at this tournament business for some time now, and when asked exactly how long it’s been, Richard struggles to remember. “I lose count now. Jesus,” he says, before doing a bit of mental arithmetic to jog his memory.

“Neo Empire was started in 2005. The multi-day big events like this one or Battle of Destiny, which was the first event in the western world to have Street Fighter IV cabinets outside of Japan – that was 2008. It’s really hard to count – there’s different sorts of events. We do small monthlies around London and we actually do weeklies as well called WFO; that isn’t technically ours actually, but we stream it and support it.”

While at its most base level Super VS Battle is a bunch of fightsticks, players, consoles and TVs crammed into a leisure centre’s indoor sports hall, there’s a sense of community spirit that outstrips anything I’ve seen at other events. When sticks break down, others are on hand with a screwdriver to get inside and rewire them, and players crowd around consoles to watch and support each other during both tournaments and friendly matches.

The amount of equipment doesn’t look like much spread out across the sprawling room, but you quickly realize there’s an awful lot of gear for an event put on by a four-man squad. That’s due to careful planning and the help of others, Richard tells us.

“There are 25 volunteers this year. It changes year-on-year, and this year we’ve been affected by the riots and stuff, people being unable to come. Around 12 of us have been here since the beginning, too.”

“All it boils down to is that we’ve taken a massive financial risk. It’s a gamble. Again, it’s all self-generated. We take a lot of the profit and plough it back in.”

Equipment doesn’t come as easily as volunteers, though. Getting their hands on the TVs, consoles and games required to run an event like this even on a yearly basis has involved major investment from the core crew.

“All it boils down to is that we’ve taken a massive financial risk,” it’s explained. “It’s a gamble. Again, it’s all self-generated. A lot of money has gone into the screens and stuff. We actually own all of the screens out in that room; they’re not borrowed. That means we’re set now for another three or four years, because they’re lag-free 19 inch monitors.

“We actually looked at that carefully, and we found out that the average monitor size is 22 inch if they’re going to be lag-free. These are lag-free and 19 inch. It would’ve been nice to get bigger, but obviously we had to consider the price. We take a lot of the profit and plough it back in. Every year we’ve got to buy equipment, replace cables, all that stuff.”

For an event of this size I was surprised at how much the Neo Empire crew have to provide themselves, especially in comparison to the larger-scale American Tournaments. EVO 2011 saw Capcom give free copies of Super Street Fighter IV for PC to every single entrant. “We do get given games, but not on such a scale that we can run the entire tournament that way,” Denton tells us.

“Plus there’s DLC – we don’t get that either. Imagine 30 Mortal Kombats with 4 new characters in – we’re not that privileged to get the DLC free. So that, too, we have to invest. And then there’s the time, as we have to sit there and update 30 machines for that game and make sure they’re in the right places for the tournament matches on the day.”

Going Nationwide
While the American tournaments are much larger, Neo Empire and Super Vs Battle represent the biggest and the best the UK has to offer, though Denton believes the UK fighting game scene needs to see wider expansion country-wide if an event like SvB is to become anything like the behemoth that is the Evolution Championship Series, which takes place in Las Vegas every July.

“I find that the HMV GamerBase in Manchester is better than ours – I’ve never been, but I’ve been told – bigger, better, more equipment. I’ve been told by some of their staff who are members of our forums, but what are they doing? Nothing. I don’t want to talk badly of them, but they’ve got all this equipment and they’re doing nothing with it,” Denton says.

“Bigger, better, more equipment – but what are they doing? Nothing. I don’t want to talk badly of them, but they’ve got all this equipment, but they’re doing nothing with it.”

GamerBase is a selection of gamer-oriented LAN centres located inside a select few HMV stores across the country, and is a key supporter of Neo Empire’s efforts with both Super Vs Battle and its more regular weekly tournaments. As well as the London ones that support Neo Empire, GamerBase has outlets in Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, who, despite having major fighting game players as regulars, do not put on events.

“We’ve put our money down so we can show what London is doing and do something for the community. I don’t like that right now this stuff is happening mostly in London only. I want to see other groups, other areas of the country step up to the plate and show off what they can do. There’s us, there’s ECL; but it’s limited.”

“I feel like I want to take a trip up to some of the other places like GamerBase Manchester and say, ‘What are you guys doing? There’s talented players there you could show off. You already hold some basic events. You don’t even need to live-stream; you can just record them and upload them to YouTube later.’

“We are one of the only groups that does this stuff, but that isn’t our fault – we want to see more do it.”

With that said, Denton’s quick to admit and understand why some people might struggle to get involved in spite of their love for the scene.

“Like I say, it’s a risk. I’ve lost money hand over foot in this,” he admits with a shrug.

“We’ve sacrificed a lot to do this. I’m always around people’s houses saying, ‘That monitor’s been sitting there for six months, what are you doing with it? Nothing? Can I have it?’ That works, because then we get another 4:3. A lot of the fighting games are being ported up now, but think about Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Until Capcom announced the port, we were playing it on the PS2. People don’t want to play that game stretched out to widescreen, so we find old 4:3s to keep it as it was.”

The eclectic, magpie-like nature of the equipment collected for the venue is endearing. Compared to other heavily officially-sponsored events the room is packed with TVs and consoles of all shapes and sizes, from Dreamcasts running Street Fighter III and Power Stone to a large crowd of people congregated around a Wii hooked up to a huge tube TV alternating between Super Smash Bros Brawl and Melee.

“We have to build from where we are now. It’s very hardcore. Let’s not beat around the bush here, right: 90 percent of people in a tournament go home out of pocket, but they still come back year after year.”

Denton sees it as a way to save money and be green, too. “When people – friends, members of the community get rid of stuff we try to take what we can. We’ve picked stuff up off GumTree and found these amazing screens at great value and give them a new home. It’s recycling, in a way.”

It’s a necessary process without the large-scale sponsorship of the major American tournaments, and with the UK scene in its infancy, Denton sees it as a way to survive and grow. He admits, though, SvB is slightly more hardcore-focused as a result of its smaller scale.

“Evo is incredible and they’ve got all that sponsorship, millions of views on their live stream – those things obviously let them do things that we can’t even dream of right now. We have to build from where we are now.

“It’s very hardcore. Let’s not beat around the bush here, right: 90 percent of people in a tournament go home out of pocket, but they still come back year after year, because they’re into it. It’s interesting to see people who will go out in the first round return, because they’re trying to get into it. Getting more people interested and visiting even if they’re not playing is something we’re interested in and want to do.

“That is the direction we’re going in: we want to grow the scene.”

The Professional Touch
While players are free to bring consoles and games to hook up to the screens, the main event at Super Vs Battle comes in the tournament games. This year Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2 take centre stage. Split across the three days with an exacting schedule, you’re greeted upon entrance to the venue with a professional program which lays out exactly when stuff should be going down.

“We’re both graphic designers,” Denton explains of himself and his brother. “We work in the entertainment and club industry – we’re basically music entertainment designers; internal signage for events, and things like that. My brother currently works for a marketing company that owns four bars. I’m actually working at a printers, so I get my boss to run off all the big banners for us.

“One thing we’re really proud of at Neo Empire is that we polish everything up so nicely – we’ll get the standing banners, the large banners, the program, and we’ll do it ourselves. In fact, I wouldn’t trust anyone else. We do it ourselves. I want to make it look brilliant on paper. Hopefully as we grow we’ll get the support to make the events look better.”

If there was any year for mega-growth for Super VS Battle, this felt like it might be the one. Then something unthinkable happened.

If there was any year for mega-growth for Super VS Battle, this felt like it might be the one. Professional-grade fliers and banners are printed, volunteers are drafted in and Capcom’s Street Fighter boss-man Yoshinori Ono is set to attend the event alongside Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada. Fight stick manufacturers Hori and Mad Catz were both keen to attend and show off their latest wares, while tournament players were packing their cases ready to fly in from Europe and even further afield to compete.

Capcom had decided not to show Street Fighter X Tekken at the event, but Rising Star Games and Zen United had planned to bring early builds of King of Fighters XIII and Arcana Heart 3 for fans to try out. All the numbers indicated that Super VS Battle 2011 would smash all their records and help to boost the UK fighting game scene to new heights.

And then, less than week before the event was due to begin, something unthinkable happened.

London was on fire.

“I remember watching on Sunday, and I wasn’t really grasping what was going on,” Denton tells me. “Then Monday, it moved. It was in Ealing, which was getting closer, and towns nearby got evacuated. Even Harrow was shut down for a while, people couldn’t get into the town. I thought, ‘Jesus. We’re in real trouble.’”

Next: Riot Act – How SVB survived the riots

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4 Comments

  1. Electric Leo

    Infinite props to the twins for being the enduring public face of Neo Empire and taking all the shit that comes with being the public face of anything.

    And also Simeon and Inti, obviously, though I’m sure they don’t get as much shit.

    I just wish the twins were good at fighting games. I mean, it must be heartbreaking to be so integral to the scene but do so badly in tournaments.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Alex Donaldson

    @Leo Oooo burn. I never saw them play Super, actually – just KOFXIII. One of the twins, I can’t remember which, has a badass stick with light-up buttons.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Electric Leo

    I’m just teasing in the hope that they’d bite :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. richarddentonuk

    Mr E Leo this is such an old joke please get a new one ;-)

    lol

    #4 4 years ago

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  • Free Helldivers update coming soon

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  • Borderlands creator farewells Gearbox

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  • Sony Pictures has been working to secure the Smash Bros. rights – report

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  • Life is Strange Episode 3 coming next month

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  • This homebrew app turns your 3DS into a remote desktop – shown running World of Warcraft

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  • Release dates for three Hyperdimension Neptunia games announced

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  • Mass Effect 4 survey contains info on crafting, exploration, a Horde Mode more – RUMOR

    Remember when a Dragon Age: Inquisition survey popped up and outed possible content for the title? It’s happened again and this time it’s for the next Mass Effect game. Note: take the information contained herein with a grain of salt. Surveys, if this one is legit, are usually sent out to test ideas and aren’t […]

  • GTA 5 PC: modders poking around the files find Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT textures

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  • Sony leaks: Uncharted movie similar to National Treasure but more “intense” and not as “silly”

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” says DICE

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  • New Steam policy restricts accounts to protect users from phishing scams and spam

    Valve has implemented a new policy on Steam which limits user accounts which have spent less than $5 through the store. The new policy is to protect users from phishing scams and spam. If the users hasn’t spent anything on the store, they at least have to have $5 sitting in their Steam Wallet. This […]

  • Latest Flash Sale on the US PlayStation Store discounts action games and movies

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  • A new expansion for Postal 2 called Paradise Lost was released today

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  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

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  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

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  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

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  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

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  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

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  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

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  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

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  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

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  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

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