With the upcoming release of the free Street Fighter IV Championship Mode update on April 24, players will be able to grab their arcade sticks and Hadouken their way through fighters online, competing for the online equivalent of prize money, "grade points," and, of course, to be "the best. "
Now those very same gamers will be able to put their honed fighting skills to the test in the official European tournament, which is set to run until May 17 and should hopefully see fighting of epic proportions.
Unlike the US Tournament, the European one will not initially take place face-to-face between competitors, but rather players will face off online via Xbox Live. Capcom will track the gamertag of any registered competitors playing on Live as they compete for grade points, and the top 30 grade-point-scoring players from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain will compete face-to-face in a national final.
Those lucky enough to bust their way to the top of the nationals will be flown all expenses paid to a secret location for the final in June, where the European Champion will be crowned and will ride away on a brand-new Yamaha Aerox R scooter. PS3 users will be unable to compete, because Capcom will be tracking gamertags only on Live.
Interested parties can sign up for the tournament on the Capcom Web site now.