Winterfox is signing Miky “Samurai” Chea to its fighting game roster.
The Central California native is one of the strongest Ryu players in North America and has experienced a great deal of success in Street Fighter V and on the Capcom Pro Tour in 2016.
“We are very grateful to have the opportunity to work with Miky for the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour,” Winterfox COO Ryan Armendariz told Yahoo Esports. “Having gotten to know him this past year, Miky has shown us how driven he is to achieve his goals and how he is an exceptional human being. From excelling in academia to being one of the hardest working players we’ve met, Miky has made us very excited to see how far he can go as part of the Winterfox family.”
Like many players, Samurai got off to a slow start at the beginning of the year, placing 33rd and 25th at Final Round and NorCal Regionals, respectively. Since then, he won the first CPT NA Online Ranking Event, which earned him a qualifying spot for the Red Bull Battle Grounds/CPT NA Regional Finals. Samurai lost to Team Liquid’s Du “NuckleDu” Dang at The Fall Classic and most recently finished ninth at Red Bull Battle Grounds.
“Now that I have signed with a team to become a professional Street Fighter V player, I must continue to set an example for younger players, professional gamers, and the fighting game community collectively,” Samurai told Yahoo Esports. “With hard work, dedication, working full-time and going to school full-time, I was able achieve my goal of becoming a pro. I am now proud to say that I am a professional gamer, maintaining a 3.96 GPA, and will be a summa cum laude graduate from Fresno Pacific University this coming December. So please look forward to my performance at Capcom Cup 2016 and in Capcom’s 2017 Pro Tour.”
Samurai closed out the CPT with 202 points on the NA Regional Leaderboard, which was good enough for him to qualify for his first Capcom Cup.
He joins Winterfox’s only other Street Fighter V player, Gustavo “801 Strider” Romero, who made a name for himself as one of the best Street Fighter IVAbel players in the world.
“Miky is one of the first players that we, the Utah crew, encountered in our travels, and I have to say that we’ve been fans ever since,” 801 Strider said. “His playstyle is very reminiscent of high level Japanese play, squeaky clean, in a game that has been notorious for a prevailing grimy style. Miky’s dedication is top tier and he is very deserving of this. I’m very happy to have him on the team. I can’t wait to see what he brings for Capcom Cup and SFV Season 2!”
Michael Martin covers Street Fighter V and the Capcom Pro Tour. Follow him on Twitter @Bizarro_Mike.