The FGC joins the fight against racism
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The FGC is no stranger to controversy, just like any other dysfunctional family, but it's got heart and always bands together when it counts the most. This time it set its sights on racism and the May 25 murder of African-American, George Floyd.
Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard not to notice the public outrage that spread across the globe after the Minnesota man was murdered by former police officer, Derek Chauvin while being arrested. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but the tragedy has sparked debates and protests.
The citizens of countries all over the world, governments, and even game developers like CD Projekt Red, Sony, and Capcom have shown their support for the cause, "Black Lives Matter." The developers mentioned all had events coming soon, but have since postponed them to keep from distracting the world from what they consider to be more important, the fight against racism.
So also did tournament organizer and Street Fighter subreddit administrator Joe Munday rally the troops. Munday hosted a Street Fighter tournament to raise money for Black Lives Matter charities. Pitching in $200 of his own money, he never imagined that the event would go on to raise over $17,000.
All competitors picked a Black Lives Matter charity of their choice, and upon victory, the raised funds would be passed on to it. However, the Matcherino page created for the event quickly amassed thousands of dollars, a lot more than the organizer expected.
The champion, Kevin "DualKevin" Barrios, had nominated the Minnesota based Black Visions Collective3. However, considering how much was raised, it was later decided that the money be split between multiple charities instead. Contributions are currently still open and growing, showing that the community still has more to give.
One hundred and seven players competed in the double-elimination tournament, which was supposed to be The r/SF Weekly Online Local's latest event. Contributors also included popular members of the FGC like pro player Justin "JWong" Wong and content creator HighFight.
This rallying of the troops is just one more example of how far the FGC is willing to go for the things its members find important. It's refreshing to know that they'll always have each other's backs and will always strive to make the world a better place.
Today Capcom pulled the plug on all of its gaming activities for a while, including the Capcom Pro Tour which has been postponed till an unannounced date. Sony's big reveal for the PlayStation 5's lineup of games was postponed till further notice but would have taken place tomorrow. CD Projekt Red moved its Cyberpunk 2077 event, Night City Wire, from June 11 to 25, and IGN delayed its Summer of Gaming event from June 5 to 8. It also set up a donation drive to support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and it's sister company, Humble Bundle, has created a $1 million fund to help publish games by black developers. Other game developers and companies have also shown their support.
You can watch DualKevin rise to the top over on the RedditFighting Twitch channel here.