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Winner Takes the Crown…and an Arcade Cabinet! King of Fighters XII Tournament

Shane Bettenhausen's Avatar Posted by on Jun 05, 2009 // Developer Relations // SCEA

Eight dynamite Sony PS3 kiosks? Check. Three exclusive King of Fighters XII arcade cabinets directly imported from Japan? Check. Over one hundred of the most dedicated King of Fighters XII players waiting to battle it out for the crown? Check. The first-ever King of Fighters XII Tournament that took place at Element in Hollywood this past Saturday, May 30th, drew in hundreds of excited fans, stoked for the chance to show their skills and win exclusive prizes— including limited-edition KOF XII collectibles designed by the I am 8-bit art collective and exclusive KOF XII posters autographed by the game’s lead artist.

King of Fighters XII Tournament King of Fighters XII Tournament

Some fans arrived as early as 8am and drove as far as from Oregon to participate. Everyone was rewarded with the chance to win raffles, enjoy some free grub, and be highly entertained. With the talented DJ Anoop spinning tunes, blockbuster-worthy just-got-beaten-up makeovers from Anti-ER, and models getting crazy with pillow fights, the thrilling 7-hour tournament was building up to the final sweat-inducing moment of truth for our KOFXII players. Right before we got to the zenith of the tournament, we had a special guest appearance by Monique Ganderton from the upcoming King of Fighters movie, followed by an exclusive premiere of the King of Fighters movie trailer. Finally, it was time for the intense showdown between two of the top KOFXII players. After four rounds of gasp-worthy combos and eye-popping roundhouse kicks, Reynald Tacsuan emerged as the ultimate King of Fighters XII champion. In addition to being crowned, Tacsuan also won the $10,000 grand prize: the KOFXII arcade cabinet, directly imported from Japan. Other fans and spectators were able to take home tons of KOFXII goodies too like signed posters, limited edition KOFXII Japanese mugs, and KOFXII T-shirts.

King of Fighters XII Tournament

The tournament was an incredible success and all the die-hard fans in Los Angeles were able to bask in endless KOFXII glory. Photos and video from the event are available on the official KOFXII Facebook and Twitter pages.

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+ macling on June 5th, 2009 at 8:06 am said:

I want an arcade cabinet, those are awesome


+ MistaTricksta on June 5th, 2009 at 8:06 am said:



+ macling on June 5th, 2009 at 8:07 am said:

haha that sucks mistatricksta, in fact it makes your name ironic


+ Jon_Mclane on June 5th, 2009 at 8:17 am said:

that guy looks like the one who presented mod nation racers


+ osufan21 on June 5th, 2009 at 8:20 am said:

In – Game Chat!!! Scea? really no firmware updates at E3?


+ GGCAN on June 5th, 2009 at 8:28 am said:

Wow…very nice and didn’t realize how expensive these were.


+ poisonedsodapop on June 5th, 2009 at 8:29 am said:

Why do you guys obsess over in-game chat? Cross-game Voice chat I’d assume? It’s called a phone.


+ Dark_Vincent on June 5th, 2009 at 8:30 am said:

Any news on extra characters besides Mature and Lis, Shane? I mean, the press release clearly states “over 22 characters” but I only see 22!! Don’t leave us hanging


+ XxDeathDoctorxX on June 5th, 2009 at 8:34 am said:

why no firmware for e3? and also can u atleast tell us if in game voice chat is bein dev


+ TailsTheCat on June 5th, 2009 at 8:40 am said:

I want that elite theme/wallpaper.


+ millerdude75 on June 5th, 2009 at 8:41 am said:

@5 I agree. Sony shows off a few cool looking games with no release dates set in stone. No firmware announcements…. No word of when Home will come out of its ‘beta’ stage…. They will be showing off that new motion controller at next years E3 and still not have a release date…. What’s the deal Sony?


+ evildude683 on June 5th, 2009 at 8:50 am said:

cool, congrats to the winner…
you mean “second”


+ Neil on June 5th, 2009 at 9:04 am said:



+ Xoombie503 on June 5th, 2009 at 9:14 am said:

arcade cabinet damn…so lucky guy


+ Jeigh on June 5th, 2009 at 9:21 am said:

Free stuff is always fun. :)

I could never win such a thing. When it comes to fighting games, my controller receives a harsher beating than my opponents, so I eventually wised up to the fact that I really shouldn’t play them. Similar story with racing games. Hell, Sly 1 had just two racing mini-games and it ticked me off to no end. Didn’t even finish Jak 3. Huh, I’ve really gotten off topic here.

Coolio with the tournament and I love how colorful the game is. Don’t get a great deal of that these days.


+ LN_MEXWARRIOR on June 5th, 2009 at 11:10 am said:

Great just wish I could have attended… =[


+ Erniejpan on June 5th, 2009 at 2:16 pm said:

Yeah KoF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


+ NukeGoBoom on June 6th, 2009 at 10:02 am said:

In my internets once again.So happy.


+ AyaneMatrix on June 14th, 2009 at 1:34 am said:

Wha?! There’s going to be a KOF movie?! When did that get announced?

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