If you’re planning on taking a trip to Tokyo to play Street Fighter V in the Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event Japan Cup, you definitely want to register now, but you might want to hold off on booking the trip.
On Monday, BEast of the East opened registration for Japan Cup, which will take place at Tokyo Game Show. The good news is the tournament — which used to be sponsored by Mad Catz — isn’t as exclusive as it was in years past. Japan Cup will feature a 256-player bracket, but there’s a catch: a crazy number of registrants has wreaked havoc on the event, forcing the organizers to hold a lottery to fill the 256 slots.
Japan Cup’s organizers told Yahoo Esports there would be no preferential treatment for any players.
Within an hour after opening registration, Japan Cup reportedly had well over 100 players signed up. By Tuesday afternoon, the 256-player cap had been reached. Just a few hours later, Capcom announced registration would end and the lottery will occur on Thursday, August 25 at 12:00 pm JST (8:00 pm PT), which is sooner than expected due to high demand.
— Capcom Fighters (@CapcomFighters) August 22, 2016
Due to overwhelming response, we will end registration & begin lottery selection at 8/25 Thu 12:00 noon JST (+9 GMT) https://t.co/JnoDR1D3yO
— Capcom Fighters (@CapcomFighters) August 24, 2016
Last year, the exclusivity of the tournament led to players like Evo 2011 runner-up Abdullatif “Latif” Alhmili being unable to register in time and missing out on the tournament, despite making the trip to Japan.
This year, quite a few U.S. players have expressed interest in attending Japan Cup at Tokyo Game Show, including Evo 2016 hero Joe “LI Joe” Ciaramelli, Patrick “DaFeetLee” Lee, and Leah “Gllty” Hayes.
I’m going to japan!
Leaving September 9th.
Will be attending TGS and training with the best!
— Joe (@thisislijoe) August 8, 2016
Headcount of Americans planning for TGS?
— Patrick Lee (@DaFeetLee) August 8, 2016
Most Street Fighter players don’t get the chance to travel to Japan to play and it can be an invaluable experience as they try to level up their game against some of the best players in the world.
Michael Martin went to Japan for TGS last year and would do almost anything to go back. Follow him on Twitter @Bizarro_Mike.