Here is further proof that the Fighting Game genre is reaching a whole new level, with Daigo Umehara being officially sponsored by MadCatz. MadCatz published a press release with details of the signing today, and word has it that Daigo is just the first of many players to be sponsored by MadCatz.
Here is the press release via IndustryGamers:
San Diego, April 27. 2010
Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or “the Company”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider today announced a sponsorship and promotional alliance with Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, an internationally renowned professional gamer specializing in the fighting game genre.
An avid player from the age of 11, Daigo is one of the gaming worlds’ most esteemed players, participating in tournaments for over 15 years and winning prestigious titles across no less than 10 different fighting games.
A celebrity amongst gaming enthusiasts, Daigo regularly participates in various exhibition bouts, writes his own regular gaming column and continues to participate in tournaments worldwide, including the famous Evolution series of tournaments which he has won several times. In addition, Daigo is the reigning Street Fighter® IV champion.