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.
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.
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.