These days it seems that every fighting game that is released gets its shot in tournaments. Unfortunately, unlike Nintendo’s Smash Bros. series, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale has not seen any tournament love at either local regional fighting game tournaments or majors. As one shining example, the North-Eastern Championship (NEC XIII) was this last weekend, and featured one of the largest arrays of fighting games ever held at a gaming tournament from classic Mortal Kombat games to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, but Battle Royale was nowhere to be seen.
In stark contrast however, last month Major League Gaming featured the full game in a pre-release tournament that was open to anyone that attended the event. Unfortunately, It seems that this may have been driven by Sony’s sponsorship and funding of the prize money for the tournament. Because of this, Battle Royale has seen setbacks in establishing an offline scene that is imperative to seeing any game in tournament.
Therefore, until an offline community is established and the game is really explored it is unlikely that Battle Royale will see competition. It seems neither the competitors nor the tournament organizers have been pushing for its inclusion anywhere and until people start coming out en masse this will not change regardless of the backing Sony provides.
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