With the year’s Capcom Cup wrapped up, after a savage performance from first place winner Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue, there were many details shared with those watching the event concerning both Street Fighter V and the future of the Capcom Pro Tour.

Yoshinori Ono, Street Fighter executive producer, made sure to confirm that this Capcom Cup was the last premier event to feature Ultra Street Fighter IV, as Capcom Pro Tour 2016 will be played on the PlayStation 4 exclusive Street Fighter V. He also confirmed that the Pro Tour will start on March 18th during Final Round, which is a fighting game tournament held in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be giving the pros one extra month to familiarize themselves with Street Fighter V before taking their skills back to the competitive circuit.

What was probably the most interesting part of the announcement, though, was when Yoshinori mentioned the half million dollar prize pool. Unlike pro scenes like League of Legends and Dota 2, fighting games are still relatively low on recognition and, as a result, typically don’t feature very large prize pools. In fact, according to Matt Dahlgren, Kazunoko was the first Street Fighter competitor to take home a six figure check from a single event when he won last night’s event. While this is a massive prize pool, especially by fighting game standards, Yoshinori specifically referred to it as a “Baseline prize pool.” This means that not only will the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour feature a huge prize pool already, but there’s a chance for it to grow even larger, either through the help of sponsors or fan-funding.

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