CEOtaku 2017 Wrap Up Report
This past weekend Orlando, Florida got a big dose of ANIME from the fighting game community. CEOtaku is one of 3 events hosted by Alex Jebailey. The main event, CEO (which I covered here), is the biggest event covering all major fighting game releases. CEO Dreamland is an event that focuses on the Smash Bros. series of games. CEOtaku, however, is an event that focuses solely on “Anime Fighting Games”. Some of the games featured at this event were Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Blazblue Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Skullgirls, and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. Smaller games that don’t usually have the opportunity to be showcased at a big event had their chance to shine as well like, Melty Blood, Under Night In Birth, and Arcana Heart.
CEOtaku is one of the few events of its kind, and because of its unique focus it attracts a very unique crowd, some of which wouldn’t even think to enter a fighting game tournament. It is a great venue for fighting game vets, newcomers, and general fans of anime to mingle together. Featuring an artist alley and a cosplay contest, like CEO, this event has more of a convention vibe that makes it more inviting to competitors and spectators alike.
That doesn’t mean this is any less of a tournament however though, far from it! Players from all over the country like Sonic Fox, Keits, and Skisonic made an appearance, as well as players from countries as far as Japan! Top Japanese players like Taka and Garireo made their presence known by winning Guilty Gear and Blazblue respectively. Garireo making an astonishing comeback from loser’s bracket, resetting the bracket, and bringing Grand Finals down to a nail biting finisher!
CEOtaku also marked one of the first major tournaments to feature Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite with many players showing off amazing tech and strategies they have learned since the game’s release a short few weeks ago. Sonic Fox was able to take MvC:I using his experience and talent from similar games like Skullgirls to absolutely dominate Top 8 with his unique team of Jedah and Rocket Raccoon.
Every game had a fantastic Top 8 including amazing performances from players like Hyde in Under Night In Birth and all of Top 4 in King of Fighters 14.
CEOtaku had an impressive turnout, easily surpassing last year’s attendance, ensuring its continued success. The main CEO event will be moving to Daytona in 2018, but as of now, it looks like Orlando will remain the home for the Anime FGC in Florida.
Once again Alex Jebailey outdoes himself hosting an incredible, well organized event, with plenty of fun, hype, and anime to go around!
If you love anime as much as you love fighting games, make sure you find yourself in Orlando next year for the next event. ESPECIALLY if you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z because once Dragon Ball FighterZ makes its way to CEOtaku, it is going to be something to behold!