Street Fighter veteran Alex Valle remembers when fighting game players would crowd around arcade cabinets to face off. After the demise of arcades, Valle believed that future generations of fighting game players still needed a way to learn from one another in person. What began in 2009 as a series of meetups hosted in Valle’s apartment has since grown into a weekly training night at the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California.
Compete’s video team headed to “Wednesday Night Fights” to talk to Alex Valle and Jimmy “ShinJN” Nguyen, a longtime tournament organizer who helped the event grow. The video also profiles the players who attend and participate, such as Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, fellow Street Fighter veteran and CEO of Cross Counter TV, as well as SoCal-based Street Fighter competitors Elcid “BushinStyle” Rashid and Frankie “Stupendous” Lee, Jr.
According to Gootecks, “Wednesday Night Fights” is the most well-attended local fighting games event in SoCal, but there are other local fighting game scenes and training events all over the world. For more, read this story about Yuko and Yusuke Momochi’s Street Fighter training school in Japan.
This is the newest episode in our new season of Compete videos. Last week’s premiere video focused on the physical therapists and doctors who keep esports pros healthy.
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