Rise Nation signs Street Fighter V pro Marn

Martin ‘Marn’ Phan (Stephanie Lindgren)
Martin ‘Marn’ Phan (Stephanie Lindgren)

Rise Nation has announced the signing of long-time fighting game veteran Martin “Marn” Phan.

This marks Rise Nation’s first entry into competitive fighting games. The organization also fields Call of Duty and Overwatch teams.

I am thrilled to be able to join Rise Nation as a Street Fighter V player. I’ve received many team and sponsor offers in the past year, though none felt like a good fit for me until Rise Nation came along,” Marn told Yahoo Esports in an emailed statement. “I have been reluctant to join a team as I have always done everything myself, but with all that’s going on in my life and the extreme growth in the SFV scene, there has never been a better time to get the support a strong organization can provide.”

Marn made a splash in Street Fighter V at NorCal Regionals 2016, when his R.Mika  escaped the “death pool” (a pool in the bracket full of players who registered late for the event) by beating Kenryo “Mago” Hayashi and Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley. He trolled players in-game and out as he placed fourth, losing to Justin Wong.

Despite his excellent R. Mika play, he has since made the switch to Ibuki. He finished in 49th place at Final Round 2017.

“This one was a no brainer; as a fan of Street Fighter and fighting games in general, I’ve always wanted to be a part of the community,” Rise Nation co-owner Kahreem Horsley told Yahoo Esports. “When the chance came along to work with him, both Rodger [Saffold] and myself jumped on the opportunity. We are very happy to have some have someone with his caliber of talent and connection with the fans to represent our organization.”

Marn is expected to compete at the $250,000 ELeague Street Fighter V Invitational. He will have to fight his way out of Group A, which we ranked as the second toughest at ELeague, featuring players like Victor “Punk” Woodley, Bryant “Smug” Huggins, Yusuke Momochi, and Evo 2016 champion Lee “Infiltration” Seon-woo.

ELeague play begins March 27 and will be broadcast on TBS.

Michael Martin covers SFV and the FGC. Follow him on Twitter @Bizarro_Mike.

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