Singapore and Southeast Asia’s biggest fighting game tournament of the year, Southeast Asia Major 2014 (SEAM 2014), concluded yesterday, and Singapore failed to take any of the first spots for all five games.
Japan dominated in Ultra Street Fighter IV (USFIV), with Yusuke Momochi (using Ken) defeating Ryoto “Kazunoko” Inoue (using Yun) in the grand finals.
Keita “Fuudo” Ai (using Fei Long) took third spot, while Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi (using Akuma) finished fourth to round out Japan’s clean sweep of the top four spots in USFIV.
Singapore’s EVO 2013 champion, Kun-Xian “Xian” Ho (using Gen), and last year’s Taiwanese SEAM 2013 champion for Street Fighter, Bruce “Gamerbee” Hsiang (using Adon), could both only manage a joint seventh place finish for USFIV.
Singapore’s best chance in securing a championship came from BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (BBCP), with everyone expecting Nicholas “SEO” Choo to take the top spot with his deadly Kokonoe.
However, SEO met his match in Robert “Blickwinkel” Andrada (representing Philippines) in the grand finals, who also used Kokonoe. Blickwinkel was able to outsmart SEO with some clever neutral play, and managed to reset the bracket by winning 3-2, before taking the second decisive set at 3-1.
King of Fighters XIII:
First place: Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi (Japan)
Second place: Kun-Xian “Xian” Ho (Singapore)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2:
First place: BooK (Thailand)
Second place: AK (Philippines)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3:
First place: Nagata “EITA” Hiroyuki (Japan)
Joint second place: IPT Garrett (Philippines) and Ryoto “Kazunoko” Inoue (Japan)
You can view the entire brackets for SEAM 2014 here: http://toughcookietv.challonge.com
Screencap of SEO vs Blickwinkel taken from this Facebook post.
Update (23 June, 5:45pm): The author had previously left out the results for the King of Fighters XIII tournament, and erroneously reported that there were only four fighting games at SEAM 2014. The mistake has been corrected.