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EVO hosts first women's invitational tournament for Super Street Fighter IV

New to the Evolution Championship Series this year was the first-ever women’s invitational tournament for Super Street Fighter IV, which invited players to compete amongst themselves in a separate division.

“There’s a lot of machismo going on sometimes,” says Capcom’s Seth Killian. “Fighting games are aggressive and some women haven’t liked the aggressive games. There are some women who enjoy that kind of competitive thing. We just noticed that there were more and more women players. Locally there were good players developing and the tournament is about pushing in a new direction.”

“The people I played against were friendly,” said Patricia Eagle, a 28-year old gamer from New Jersey. “I think everybody is trying to have fun.”

While no woman has ever cracked the finals of a Street Fighter tournament at EVO, 36 women faced off at the inaugural women’s invitational. The best among them heading into the tournament was Kayane Obuie-Laure of France.

“I think sometimes women don’t go into tournaments because they are shy. I saw a lot of women and I was surprised,” Obuie-Laurie said.

It was lively during pool play, when a sizeable crowd gathered in the corner of the ballroom for the qualifying rounds. There was a lot of chirping going on amongst the players, but it was a friendly atmosphere.

Eight moved on to the women’s final held on Sunday with the large finals-crowd on hand to see Obuie-Laurie take the championship over Abedusoba Adesji.

“I was so happy to win it, I’ve never played in front of so many people” Obuie-Laurie said after her final match.  “I hope more women practice more and come out to the next tournament.”


Above: Kayane won at the women’s finals with her Chun-Li. Here she is with fellow champion Daigo “The Beast” Umehara


Above: A crowd gathers to watch the qualifying rounds at the Super Street Fighter IV women’s invitational at EVO


Above: aAa Kayane (Chun-Li) vs. Burnyourbra (Rose/Ken) at the EVO women’s finals

July 13, 2010 

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9 comments

  • DannyZuko - July 14, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    Does anyone else find it odd that Daigo is wearing a fur lined winter coat. In Las Vegas. In the middle of July?
  • ChuckBartowski - July 14, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    No. The womens finals were boring and they are NOT as good or experienced as the men are except Kayane who has one of the best Chuns I've ever seen. They dropped so many combos and made many beginner mistakes and would have lost easily to anyone in Top 8.
  • RebornKusabi - July 14, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    Daigo ain't a bad looking dude himself so I bet he hit that lol God, why? I've reduced myself to YouTube-level chauvinism... to be fair though, it doesn't help that there was a separate "Women's" tournament. Females CAN be competitive so... Segregation is fun! reCAPTCHA: abysmal its (hehe, Yoda's in control of the spam-blocker bot thing now)
  • Ampatent - July 13, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    What was unfortunate about the Women's tournament was what appeared to be a bit of nervousness. The top 4 was pretty boring until the Loser's and Grand Finals. It looked like all the women were rather nervous about being up on stage. Hopefully next year they can keep it going and maybe this can become a much more competitive tournament.
  • Ultimadrago - July 13, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    A gaming female that doesn't look like she got ran over the face with a truck of "The World's Ugliest Tracks." Decent.
  • Felixthecat - July 13, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Kayane is actually a really good player. She's better at Soul Calibur than SF though, seeing as she's one of the best SC players in the world.
  • MitsuharuSan - July 13, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    She.is.beautiful.
  • nuno004 - July 13, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    I have to move to france because, all we have ,where i live, is ugly gamer chicks reCAPTCHA: $70 tomatas maybe I'll make pricey salsa
  • JADENkOTOR - July 13, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    They bang for sure... crazy Street Fighter sex.

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