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Last night played host to one of the greatest gaming exhibitions of all time. Music sensation, Lupe Fiasco went up against Daigo ‘The Beast’ Umehara in an epic bout to ring in the launch of Capcom’s much anticipated STREET FIGHTER V. How did it go? Read the report below.

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I saw that the news is out there. I wanted to thank everyone I’ve worked with at Mad Catz over the last 8 years.

As you probably have heard. Mad Catz has been restructuring and the company work force has been affected by layoffs. I was laid off last week as a result of this. I have nothing but deep love and admiration for Mad Catz. MCZ is a company that believed in me and a community that I love. Even though everyone knew I was planning on leaving, they decided to take care of me and let me go, which I am very grateful for. Thank you Mad Catz.

We grew that brand to be something amazing. I’ll always cherish the memories, knowledge, friendships and connections we’ve shared. I wish Mad Catz nothing but the best in the future.

I’ll still be around gaming. I’ll still be involved with the fighting game community. What’s next? You’ll find out soon. Thanks everyone for the love and support over the past few years.

Much LOVE and RESPECT,

Mark ‘MarkMan’ Julio

madcatzThe good people at GameStart Asia announced new stages and characters for their newly released iOS / Android compatible retro action title, GameStart 2015 – The Game! The latest update features Mad Catz themed stages and new playable character ‘MARKMAN’ — a hero who uses his love for FightSticks and sneakers to battle the forces of evil, lol. 🙂 

You can find more information on the title at this link. Check out the video trailer below as well!

POKKENI had the honor of hosting the ‘Pokkén Tournament’ Invitational from the Pokémon World Championships last month. Along with xD1x on commentary, we were able to showcase the title officially with some of the gaming community! The Pokémon Company International just uploaded some of the footage to YouTube for your viewing pleasure! Click below to check out all the action!

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The upcoming Street Fighter V ‘Chun-Li’ Arcade FightStick TE2 from Mad Catz was stealthily teased at the recent Capcom/Street Fighter panels at Comic-Con 2015. This is a preview product for our imminent SFV range of products. It’s also the second in the ‘retro’ throwback series of arcade sticks that we’ve been releasing at Mad Catz. The first was the ‘RIVALS’ TE2, which was a retro throwback to the 2009 Comic-Con TE. More coming soon!

markmanThis is probably going to be my last EVO with Mad Catz. No, nothing is wrong with me or MCZ (in fact, I think the company is in the best position it’s been in a long time). I just want to shift my life focus. After I complete the Street Fighter V range of products and help launch them to market, I will be taking a seat back from gaming and focusing on other passions. More importantly, my daughter is going to be starting high school later this year and I’m going to focus on being a better father — a full time one for her. I won’t be leaving the FGC, so you’ll still see me around. That being said. Let’s make this EVO (and next year) an amazing one.

Much Love,

Mark “MarkMan” Julio

P.S. – I’m a die hard Mad Catz fan and supporter. I will do my best work ever until my time comes. *salute*

JOSIEI forgot to post about this when it was first announced as I’ve been very busy with work… If you know me, you’ll know I’m very passionate about video games. I’m especially fond of fighting games. The TEKKEN series is one of my favorite franchises of all time and the fighting game that introduced me to competitive gaming.

Introducing TEKKEN 7’s newest fighter… Josie Rizal. The first character of Philippine descent in the TEKKEN series. Her name is a tribute to one of the heroes of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. I was very happy to help work on this and name this character with the TEKKEN Project Team. =D Thanks Harada-san & team for involving me!

If you’re interested in trying out TEKKEN 7, I’ll be bringing the game to upcoming events with Mad Catz. This weekend we’ll be in Houston for Texas Showdown 2015 and later this month we’ll be at Combo Breaker 2015 in Chicago during memorial day weekend! Get ready for the next battle!