In the classic cult hit, Battle Royale, students are trapped on a remote island and forced to fight each other until the last sailor suit is standing. The sequel was a bit disappointing and left me hungry for more sensible hack and slash action. Finally, this weekend from March 29-30 on a special administrative region of Jeju Island off the coast of South Korea, the long wait for a proper “BR:II Requiem” will end. Revel in keyboard warrior glory as the world’s finest fighters descend for a gory melee of epic proportions. The re-militarized zone will feature perennial stalwarts such as Mad Catz Tokido and Mago, EG Justin Wong, RZR Fuudo and Gackt, BE| Nemo, Bala, Frieda, Kazunoko, among others.
The King of Fighters prize pot is an astronomic figure, more than the hyper-inflated price Facebook paid for WhatsApp. Super Street Fighter 4 AE will feature a China versus Japan 5v5 exhibition while UMVC3 will highlight a clash of the giants between Jwonggg and Nemo.
Those curious about why the tournament location is in such a far-flung area must know that Jeju Island is completely visa free, allowing Chinese FGC all-stars such as QNBA Dakou and Xiaohai to join the fray. You can be sure the streamchat at twitch.tv/cafeid will be full of strange hieroglyphic characters from the Orient cheering their favorite player on.