Echo Fox has officially announced Texas Showdown winner Julio Fuentes as its first Street Fighter V player.
The team has since formalized it.
“Julio Fuentes is the perfect athlete to bring on as our first Street Fighter player,” Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall told Yahoo Esports. “He will not stop until he is the best player on Earth, and Echo Fox is committed as an organization to do whatever it takes to help Julio achieve his goals. This is an exciting day for all of us at Echo Fox as we officially enter the fighting games community.”
Fuentes has garnered a lot of attention since Street Fighter V launched. The NorCal native put himself in the spotlight by coming in second place at Winter Brawl X back in February. Since then, he won three Churning the Butters, a San Francisco weekly tournament, and placed 13th and fifth at CPT Premier Events Final Round and NorCal Regionals, respectively.
Texas Showdown was his biggest breakthrough, however, as he finally won his first major Street Fighter V tournament. He also raised some eyebrows for taking a phone call in the middle of his grand finals set against Evil Geniuses’ Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez.
“I’m ridiculously excited to be a part of the Echo Fox family! Now I have the opportunity to express my play to a much wider audience across the globe. I’m motivated more than ever to improve myself in every way imaginable. I’ve been waiting forever for Street Fighter to get this big,” Fuentes told Yahoo Esports.
Fuentes continues to travel around North America in his attempt to qualify for Capcom Cup 2016. He will next be competing at this weekend’s CPT Ranking Event Northwest Majors in Des Moines, WA.
Michael Martin will be at Northwest Majors and will keep an eye out for any phone calls to Julio during matches. Follow him on Twitter @Bizarro_Mike.