After watching the Evo finals, I realized something. There was almost 24000 people watching the online stream, and I believe a further 4000 actually there in person, Street fighter is more than a game, I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s a sport, but it has its similarities.
I think Gootecks said something like this on the I Got Next documentary. A sport is a game by definition, but it’s more than just a game. A single team or player can have millions of fans and followers from around the world, people pour their emotions into it etc etc
So that brings me to Street Fighter; although it might not be the most popular video game in the world, you wouldn’t see 24000 call of duty players tune in to an online stream of the world finals. Why? because Call of Duty is just a game. Street Fighter is more than that, I see it as a tool to compete, in the same way a sport, like football or tennis is a tool to compete, just on a smaller level. I think it is because in Street Fighter, or any other fighting game, it is competitiveness at its highest level. It all comes down to you vs your opponent, your skills vs their skills, your mind games vs their mind games and the players understand this, so the players become the fans, unlike sports where the majority of the fans have never played professionally, or even semi-professionally.
That’s all I have to say, I wish i could talk more, but long essays aren’t my strong point lol