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SpaghettiRip says EU TO’s desire representation on Tekken Twitch and YouTube channels

SpaghettiRip makes an appeal to Bandai Namco on behalf of EU tournament organizers.

Yesterday after watching the ESL UK Tekken 7 Championship Qualifier in Dublin, Ireland, I thought to myself “the UK is in a much better place.” I was glad to see that my UK brethren across the pond were receiving compounded exposure and access to Tekken 7.

When a multi-city Tekken Tour was announced for America, many in the UK began to feel like the red-headed stepchild. They weren’t happy about it. They already felt like they were never a priority, but this was the deal breaker for many of them. Many of them did not remain quiet about it either.

America knows the feeling. For ages we have expressed how we did not like how Asian countries have a two to three year window with new versions of Tekken before the rest of the world gets to touch it. In essence, this is one of the main reasons the Tekken Tour even came to be. So imagine how the UK felt when they saw their American friends enjoying the game and their own region looked like a ghost town?

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Now let’s fast forward some.

Europe has had some major expos here and there where Tekken 7 was present (EGX and others), but those were far an few. And the game was present at tournaments such as Headstomper, LionZ Den 4, and maybe one or two others, but when you take into account how big Europe is you begin to see how that doesn’t really satisfy the hunger of the true Tekken fan. The market still wasn’t saturated enough with the game.

A lot has changed since then though. Bandai Namco heard the concerns of the people and have made a lot of progress. We hear of UK Tekken tournaments all the time now, and one of the first events was the Nordic Tekken Tour. There have been some others, and now even a major ESL UK Tekken 7 Championship Series, a premiere event with one of the largest esports organizations in the world.

But as much as I thought things were pretty much on equal footing, pro UK Tekken player and tournament organizer Hassan ‘SpaghettiRip’ Farooq released a video today that brings to light a very noteworthy point – exposing the UK to the world. The UK/European teams at Bandai Namco have done an amazing job in exposing Tekken 7 to their region, but now the region itself would like to be exposed to the rest of the world. Essentially, just like their American counterparts.

SpaghettiRip asks two important questions really. Why are UK events not streamed on the main Tekken Twitch channel? And, why are their tournament matches not published on the Bandai Namco Official Fight Channel on YouTube? 

Those are two respectable questions, and worthy of a response. If I had to take an educated guess, I think the answer is simply that the Tekken Twitch and YouTube Fight Channel are maintained by the Bandai Namco American office and its partners. I don’t believe they are meant to be exclusively American, but they are just like that by reason of who runs them (and they primarily cover American events). As well, I’m almost sure that if the Bandai Namco UK/EU team held some conversations with the US team that this would easily be resolved.

One thing SpaghettiRip may not have considered is that the Tekken Twitter and Facebook accounts post about all Tekken events around the world. Through those accounts they point people to the appropriate Twitch channels to watch tournaments. So that’s something to consider.

All it takes is a conversation. And many times, the conversation may have needed to take place in private first. But perhaps Spag already tried reaching out. I don’t know. But, I don’t think there is anything personal about it on either end. SpaghettiRip just feels like it wasn’t on Bandai Namco’s radar, so he wanted to bring it to their attention. He’s just passionate about his region. Can’t fault him for that.

I hope he gets an answer. This is a small fix.

I still think the UK is in a much better place.

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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