Street Fighter 6 at Capcom Pro Tour 2023 will have the biggest prize pool in fighting game history
During the Capcom Cup IX finals last Sunday (Monday, local time), Capcom dropped details on the next season of the Capcom Pro Tour. Here, the Osaka-based company revealed that Street Fighter 6 at the 2023 Capcom Pro Tour would have what may be the biggest prize pool in competitive fighting game history with $2 million at stake.
Specifically, $1 million will be going to the winner of next year’s Capcom Cup—the first for Street Fighter 6. In addition, the latter will take the exclusive main spot on the Capcom Pro Tour, with Street Fighter V being sunsetted from it.
The Capcom Pro Tour’s prize pool not only makes it the first to break seven figures, but it also puts it alongside some of the biggest esports events around.
To make sure that more players have a shot at the Capcom Pro Tour prize pool, next season will not only feature both offline and online Premier events, but it will also see the return of Regional World Warrior events. The latter were added to last year’s Capcom Pro Tour to allow players to qualify for a regional final where they could win a slot at Capcom Cup.
The 2023 season of the Capcom Pro Tour will kick off sometime in the summer, most likely after the launch of Street Fighter 6. Meanwhile, Capcom Cup X is expected to take place sometime in February 2024, based on when this year’s event took place.
As for Capcom Cup IX, this year’s event was won by the Dominican Republic’s Saul Leonardo “MenaRD” Mena II. MenaRD’s makes him the only two-time Capcom Cup winner, having previously won it in 2017.
“The only shout out I would like to give is to the fighting game community,” MenaRD said following his victory at the event. “All of y’all are my family. When I won the first [Capcom Cup] I didn’t really know anybody. I was all about the [Dominican Republic] but now it’s all about y’all now. It’s all about the FGC. Thank you so much.”
Of course, while he’s won the event twice, he’ll most likely be looking for a third win, what with the expanded prize pool that the tour will have next season.
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