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Ozzy the Liono says there won’t be another LionZ Den, UK’s largest Tekken Tournament

This morning Ozzy the Liono, tournament organizer of LionZ Den (one of the UK’s biggest Tekken tournaments), took to Twitter and got a few things off of his chest. He expressed that he feels like the European Tekken community is not shown the same amount of support from Bandai Namco as Asian countries. He seemed to be pretty taken aback by that, and even stated that “there won’t be another” LionZ Den event. Before we go into our thoughts on the matter, here are his Tweets.

That’s unfortunate. So far there have only been two LionZ Den’s and they looked pretty successful. Very well known players such as JDCR, Help Me and Kor have even been in attendance. To hear that there won’t be another has to be terrible news to the European Tekken community.

Here are our thoughts.

We don’t believe Bandai Namco is to be blamed here. They have been serving arcades around the world with Tekken for 20+ years. They have vested relationships with these arcade companies, and that has been their bread and butter for a long time. When you have operated under a certain business model for so long, you can can’t just abandon it at the drop of a dime. Believe it or not, it can take years, because a lot of contracts and agreements are in place that more than likely span a couple of years.

As well, should Bandai Namco abandon Asian arcades markets because the rest of the world is gone primarily to consoles? If we only think of ourselves, the answer is yes. But if we try to see it from their standpoint, it’s a delicate situation. You can best believe that the money involved must be great with arcades, because if it wasn’t we’re sure Bandai Namco would’ve instituted a console-first approach with Tekken a long time ago.

Bandai Namco understands that the world of gaming has changed. We’re sure they aren’t the only company still caught trying to switch over to the new way of doing things. They’re trying to “right some wrongs” though (if you want to call it that), and they’ve done it by announcing the North American Tekken Tour. No, this isn’t Europe, but it isn’t Asia either. But there are plans to do something for the European scene at a future date. There are no details at this time.

Here’s the deal. Tekken is our game. If we love it, then we should come together as a community and rally behind it. Sure, it can be tough at times when you see other games supported by the developer and what not, but in no way should the developer be obligated to do that. And at the same time, we shouldn’t sit back and wait on the developer to throw cash and resources at us. Yes, it takes money to do these things, and that’s where we have to become creative and real businessmen and women. Not everything will be handed to us, and especially only when still in infancy stages. There are tournaments that have been running for nearly 20 years (Final Round), and LionZ Den has only been held twice. Who should Bandai Namco get behind first, if anyone? You get the picture.

Patience. Faithfulness. Diligence. Passion. That’s what is needed here.

Hopefully Ozzy will reconsider his stance. If not, then this will be a prime opportunity for someone else to rise to the occasion, because great things are coming to the Tekken community with Tekken 7. Now is definitely not the time to jump ship.

Aziz Peregrino-Brimah aka Zee the CEO | Founder / Editor-in-chief of TekkenGamer | Gaming has been a passion of Zee's since the early days of Atari and ColecoVision. His first experience with Tekken was in the early 90's, and it was Tekken 3 that sealed the deal. True story... As a teenager Zee once received his Winn-Dixie paycheck and spent it all at the arcade the same day. Needless to say, his mother wasn't pleased.


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