Shadaloo II is an upcoming community driven fighting game event. The event is organized by Uppsala's fighting game organization UPPercut and it will be held at Ungdomens Hus the 24-26 of August. There will be tournaments in Super Street Fighter IV: AE (v.2012), Tekken 6 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and the event will be live streamed by Fighting For Sweden.
Following is an interview with one of the main organizers, Rasmus "RC" Clausen.
Why are you organizing Shadaloo II?
Why not? :)
There's not a single tournament or gathering in Sweden completely dedicated to fighting games except for Showdown/Destination Gear but they're aimed towards the Guilty Gear scene and not so much the SF [Street Fighter] and Tekken-players. So I guess you could say that we are filling a void that needs to be filled.
What are your expectations for Shadaloo II?
I hope to see the top swedish players from each tournament
game. I think that if people know that the top players will show up they can expect high-level matches, hype, and a chance to prove themselves in the tournament. We already have most of them confirmed so that's cool.
But my main expectation is just to see people enjoying themselves, having fun and getting hype.
Do you feel any pressure from the community when organizing one of very few community driven fighting game events? Are people's expectations high?
No, not really. Im confident that we can make a great event happen. Especially since we have done it once before and we know how to make the tournaments run smoothly. I guess the only concern is that I think some of the new generation of players are used to big sponsored events such as DreamHack with big prize money and stuff. I guess that there might be a risk that some of these players dont have as much experience with smaller community driven events and/or gatherings to fully appreciate the value with going to one.
Although I do belive that most people are just excited that something happens that isn't DreamHack . I actually haven't heard any complaints or requests with the event so far, only encouraging comments and positive feedback so I'm positive that Shadaloo II is going to be a success.
What is the difference between community driven events and larger events like DreamHack?
Honestly ive never been to dreamhack except for when they had a
really small tournament in MVC2 [Marvel vs Capcom 2] so i wouldn't know. Although I know that when people hear "DreamHack" the first thing that comes to their mind isnt SFIV or any other fighting game. Its kinda like "Okay, here's the real games and over there is Street Fighter". And you can't really blame them since it's a LAN dedicated to computer games.
And of course its the obvious difference with DH and bigger events being sponsored by companies which controls what games are to be played as tournaments. You won't see Third Strike anytime soon for example.
Are community driven tournaments important för the fighing scene?
Yes. Right now the only fighting game event that people looks forward to is DreamHack, and they only have SFIV (and SFxT but no one cares about that). I know that the DH-crew are dedicated towards the SFIV-scene and stuff but I just think that the FGC needs more arenas where our games are more focused to create a continuity with tournaments which will generate a platform where players can prove their skills, improve their game and at the same time have something to look forward to except for a good connection on Xbox Live.
Thank you RC for the interview!