So you’ve decided that you want to become an active member or even an organizer of your local FGC? You want to be up to date on the latest news and have the best tools to achieve your goals but you aren’t sure where to look. Well luckily for you, ABC has a few sites that might help you out.
Challonge is a site for managing tournament brackets. It’s great for setting up tournaments of both large scale and small. A lot of tournaments that do live streams of the events will use Challonge and have an automated feature that sends the bracket to people who request to see the bracket in the stream chat. It’s handy for viewers who are just tuning in and want to see how things are proceeding . It’s also useful for tournament participants anxious to know who their next match up is against. All they have to do is open the bracket up on their mobile device and they can get updates as quickly as the organizers can put them out.
This site is a pretty big deal for the FGC. If you follow fighting games, then you probably watch the yearly EVOlution international tournament which takes place in Las Vegas. These are the guys to keep up with if you want the inside scoop on that. More than just EVO, you can keep up on other news from the world of Fighting E-Sports on Shoryuken. Along with forums to facilitate conversation and guides to help out newer players, Shoruken is a GREAT stop for your regular net browsing.
While not a website, per se, Maximilian Dood’s YouTube page is a GREAT place for casual to intermediate player’s to keep up on fighting games and find some interesting content. While some pro level players might find Max’s style of content to be patronizing or below their level, for people just getting into games or who aren’t interested in hitting that level of Pro, Max provides hours of engaging thought pieces, previews and tips for anyone who drops by his channel. Definitely worth checking out if you want to grow your knowledge or just be entertained.
While not a site that will be of interest to all fighting game fans, Smashboards is still worth pointing out because of the Super Smash Bros. franchise’s meteoric rise to prominence within the FGC. Smashboards is great because you can see the rankings of Smash Players from all over the world with statistics like how much money they’ve earned from playing Smash. Along with community news, you’l never be out of the loop.
Other notable FGC websites like Smashboards but for other games are 8 Way Run (Soul Calibur community), Tekken Zaibatsu (Tekken community), Shonen Games (Anime Game Community which includes anime fighting games).
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