So we have a special interview with ShinBlanka, the organizer of the largest tournament not only in the South East but one of the largest in the world: Final Round. In classic ShinBlanka style, he is speaking his mind on a number of different subjects from the tournament itself, Street Fighter 4 and something he holds dear to his heart, the Street Fighter community.
Personally, Final Round was the first tournament I attended as I became a competitive player and have attended many times since then. I've had highs and lows at Final Round, both going 2-and-out at some, and placing as high as 2nd in others. Every year though with out a doubt it is one of the most exciting tournaments you can attend, with players coming from literally all over the world to compete.
iPlayWinner: How did Final Round begin? Who came up with the name? What was the first couple years like? Give us a history lesson!
ShinBlanka: Final Round is a tournament that started back in the day to get the best players in the ATL to compete to see who was the best in the "A"! As you know EMS crew is the OG capcom player group in the ATL and we wanted to make sure everyone knew who was the best in the city/state. It also was a promotional tool for Scott Popular's radio show when he was in college at Ga State. The 1st FR we had to beg people to come play in a FREE tournament with the prize being a Neo-Geo Pocket.