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Aug082017

« Esports proposal video shows a possible future for competitive MvCI »

On Aug. 8, a video accidentally uploaded to YouTube by Capcom U.S.A.'s Senior Director of Licensing and Esports John Diamonon showed one potential future for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournaments.

The plan calls for the 2017 MvCI Capcom Cup to be contested by 16 players, 14 of which earn their spot in the event exclusively through online qualifiers. The remaining two players will be decided by a last-chance qualifier and a special invite, respectively.

Going forward into 2018, the video breaks down the specifics of the Capcom Pro Tour for MvCI, with an estimnated $600,000 prize pool; confirmations of continued collaboration with ESL, Tuner Sports and Red Bull; details of event support from Capcom and costs of sponsorship; video distribution rights and more.

MARVEL VS CAPCOM: INFINITE PROPOSAL SCREENSHOTS

Specifically of note is how Capcom would handle event support going forward, with the company providing $7,000 direct to tournament organizers for costs along with consoles, monitors, headsets and games. According to the current Ranking Event agreement for the Capcom Pro Tour, Capcom only provides copies of the game. The company has not made public any agreements relating to Premier Events.

Interestingly enough, while Diamonon has made it clear that the proposal's "information included was not final," Evo's Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar was quick to distance his organization from the video, claiming "this leaked video does not represent Evo’s views and we were not consulted beforehand about the video. Footage was used without our consent."

Since its release online, the video has been uploaded several times on different websites, but most instances have since been removed. As it stands this is merely an interesting look at what Capcom could have planned for the future, but clearly nothing is set in stone at this time.

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