Another hype year of competition with Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and Season 3 of the Capcom Pro Tour! You’ve been training for this moment and we’re happy to share the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 details and schedule with you today!
As a quick overview – Street Fighter V players will compete for a prize pool worth over $600,000 this year. We’ve made some changes to further streamline the Capcom Cup qualification process, while maintaining the prestige of winning Premier Events.
How to Qualify for Capcom Cup 2018
Capcom Cup will once again feature 32 of the best Street Fighter players from around the world. These players will secure their places at Capcom Cup by competing in Capcom Pro Tour events throughout the year.
Please note that after carefully reviewing last year’s qualification process, we’ve made some changes to the rules this year to further streamline the process of qualifying for Capcom Cup and to make the competition more accessible. Below are the ways players can qualify for Capcom Cup 2018 and we’ll have more details to share on the finals at Capcom Cup 2018 later this year.
The Capcom Cup 2017 Champion Returns to Defend the Title
As the reigning Capcom Cup champion, Mena RD earns the only automatic qualifying spot in Capcom Cup 2018 to defend his title. The Capcom Cup champion will need to compete throughout the year for seeding at Capcom Cup and to win their share of cash prizing distributed amongst Premier Events and Regional Finals.
Win the Capcom Cup 2018 Last Chance Qualifier
For the first time ever, we held a Last Chance Qualifier at Capcom Cup 2017. Over 150 players from around the globe competed for a shot at the very last spot in Capcom Cup, far exceeding our expectations for the event.
The Last Chance Qualifier will return for Capcom Cup 2018 and will be open to anyone who wants to compete and is not already qualified for the finals, regardless of which region he or she is from. The winner of this tournament will be the last player to qualify for Capcom Cup 2018.
Qualify through the Capcom Pro Tour Global Leaderboard
Players who compete in Capcom Pro Tour 2018 Ranking and Global Premier Events will gain points towards their Global Leaderboard standing. At the end of the year, we’ll be taking the top players from the Global Leaderboard and Regional Finalists to fill out the remaining spots in Capcom Cup 2018. Players and fans can see who is in the running for Capcom Cup at any time by going to the CPT leaderboards on this site.
As far as the points system, we’ve adjusted the CPT point values this year to better streamline and balance the point distribution after evaluating last year’s results. Similar to last year, the overall goal is to have more logical weighting around events, the amount of points rewarded, and the number of players that receive points. As such, for 2018, more significance will be placed on winning Global Premier Events. We’ve also reduced the amount of players who are eligible for Capcom Pro Tour points.
Capcom Pro Tour Event Season
We’ve covered how to qualify for Capcom Cup so let’s talk about what’s new with the structure of the Capcom Pro Tour. While the structure remains mostly the same, there are some key differences to the points distribution and Regional Finals for the 2018 season.
Premier Events Structure
This year will feature Evolution, 14 Premier Events, and four Regional Finals. Winners of Premier Events will be awarded with a substantial amount of CPT points on the Global Leaderboard to help them secure a spot in Capcom Cup.
This was done to ensure players earn a significant advantage for winning Premier Events and increase their chances to qualify for Capcom Cup at the end of the year.
Ranking Events Structure
Ranking Events tournaments will again take place in four different regions – North America (NA), Europe (EU), Latin America (LATAM), and Asia. Players in each region will compete in online and offline tournaments all over the world to gain points towards Regional Leaderboard standing. Once the Ranking Event season concludes, the top players on the Regional Leaderboard will compete for a spot in Capcom Cup at the Regional Finals.
The amount of awarded CPT points for Ranking Events and the amount of players the points will be distributed to have been slightly reduced for 2018.
Regional Finals Structure
Regional Finals will see a bit of a change from last year. Previously, in an effort to ensure players competing in their own respective regions would qualify for Capcom Cup, an existing rule prevented players from competing in a Regional Finals outside of their own region.
This year, the Regional Finals will include an open tournament, allowing a player from any region to compete for Global Leaderboard points, prizing, and Regional Leaderboard points (only for players in that region.) The Regional Finals Top 8 is restricted to only the top players from the respective region.
Top 8 Finals participants and seeding will be decided based on Regional Leaderboard points after the Regional Open Premier tournament and will take place the following day. The winner of the Regional Finals Top 8 will automatically qualify for Capcom Cup.
If the winner is already qualified, the automatic qualifier goes to a player on the Global Leaderboard from that respective region based on the final placements at the end of the regular season.
Online Events Update
Online Ranking events return for CPT 2018. There will be a total of four Online Ranking Events per region and they will follow the same point structure as Ranking Events.
Below is a list of events currently confirmed for the 2018 Season of the Capcom Pro Tour. We’ll be updating the schedule with the remaining dates for Ranking Events, Regional Finals, and Online Ranking Events in the coming months.
Please see each event’s website or social media accounts for venue locations, dates, and additional information.
EVOLUTION 2018 – Las Vegas, NV, August 3-5
GLOBAL PREMIER EVENTS
FINAL ROUND 20 – Atlanta, GA, March 16-18
NORCAL REGIONALS 2018 – Sacramento, CA, March 30 – April 1
STUNFEST 2018 – Rennes, France, May 18-20
COMBO BREAKER 2018 – Chicago, IL, May 25-27
TW FIGHTER MAJOR – Taipei, Taiwan, June 16-17
COMMUNITY EFFORT ORLANDO 2018 – Daytona Beach, FL, June 29 – July 1
VSFIGHTING 2018 – Birmingham, UK, July 20-22
ESPORTS FESTIVAL HONG KONG – Hong Kong, August 25-26
CHINA PREMIER EVENT – China, September 1-2
DREAMHACK MONTREAL – Montreal, Canada, September 7-9
SOCAL REGIONALS 2018 – Los Angeles, CA September
JAPAN PREMIER at TOKYO GAME SHOW – Tokyo, Japan, September
EGX – EU REGIONAL FINAL – Birmingham, UK, September 20-23
SEAM 2018 – ASIA REGIONAL FINAL – Singapore, October 13-14
CANADA CUP 2018 – Toronto, Canada, October 26-28
RED BULL NA REGIONAL FINAL – November
LATAM REGIONAL FINAL – Brazil, November 2-4
CAPCOM CUP 2018 – TBD
NA RANKING EVENTS
TEXAS SHOWDOWN – Houston, TX, May 4-6
TORYUKEN – Toronto, Canada, May 19-20
DREAMHACK AUSTIN – Austin, TX, June 1-3
NORTH WEST MAJORS – Des Moines, WA, June 22-24
DEFEND THE NORTH – White Plains, NY, July 20-22
SUMMER JAM – Philadelphia, PA, August 31 – September 2
EAST COAST THROWDOWN – New Jersey, October 20-21
ASIA RANKING EVENTS
THAIGER UPPERCUT – Bangkok, Thailand, March 24-25
FIGHTER’S SPIRIT – Seoul, Korea, April 14-15
SAIGON CUP – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, April 21-22
BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE – Melbourne, Australia, May 16-18
ABUGET CUP – Jakarta, Indonesia, July 7-8
FV CUP 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 14-15
EU RANKING EVENTS
BRUSSELS CHALLENGE – Brussels, Belgium, April 7-8
SONIC BOOM – Madrid, Spain, July 7-8
HEADSTOMPER – Denmark, July 28-29
FIGHT CLUB NRW – Cologne, Germany, August 11-12
CELTIC THROWDOWN – Dublin, Ireland, August 25-26
ULTIMATE FIGHTING ARENA – Lyon, France, August 31 – September 2
STREET GRAND BATTLE – France, September 7-9
LATAM RANKING EVENTS
GAME OVER – Dominican Republic, April 28-29
THE FIGHT – Columbia, June 8-10
FIGHT IN RIO – Rio, Brazil, July 21-22
FURIA TICA 2018 – Costa Rica, August 11
LIMA SALTY – Peru, August 26-27
FIRST ATTACK – Puerto Rico, September 1-2
TRETA – Curitiba, Brazil, September
NEVER GIVE UP – Chile, September 22-23
FIGHTING FEST – Dominican Republic, September 29-30
THUNDERSTRUCK – Mexico, October 6-7
BUENOS AIRES TRUE SALT – Argentina, October 13-14
JAM FESTIVAL 2018 – Brazil, October 19-21