This weekend, January 11-12, NYC will play host to its first fighting game major event, Defend the North. Gamers from Fighting Game Communities from all over the country, and beyond, will be playing against NYC's formidable roster of proven champions, and possibly some unknowns, at the ballroom of the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel (135-20 39th Ave) in Flushing, Queens.
From the official Facebook page, the double elimination tournament games are as follows (click the Facebook link for individual game rules):
- Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition 2012 (on XBox 360)
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (on XBox 360)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (on XBox 360)
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (on PS3)
- The King of Fighters XIII (on PS3)
- Capcom vs SNK 2 (on PS2)
- Killer Instinct (on XBox One)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (on PS3)
- Persona 4 Arena (on XBox 360 and PS3)
- BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma (on PS3)
- Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R (on PS3)
- Street Fighter X Tekken (on XBox 360)
There will also be a 5v5 team territory battle as the main event. Teams confirmed for the event include:
- Team Professional Instigators Ent. [PIE]
- Team Next Level [NL]
- Team Always Godlike [AG]
- Team Empire Arcadia [EMP]
- Team Replay'd [RPD]
- Team Bifuteki [Bifu]
For those who can't make it, streams will be available throughout both days:
- Team Sp00ky (twitch.tv/teamsp00ky) will be streaming day 1 Street Fighter Arcade Edition pools and the 5v5 Team from 1PM-10PM on Saturday, and day 2 finals of the 5v5 Top 3 and singles Top 8 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Top 16 on Sunday from 11AM-10PM
- Bifuteki (twitch.tv/bifuteki) will be streaming day 1 Tekken Tag pools and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Pools from 1PM-9PM on Saturday, and day 2 finals of Tekken Tag Top 8 from 3PM-6PM on Sunday (with other streams streams to be announced before and after Tekken Tag 2)
- Arturo Sanchez (twitch.tv/nycfurby) will be streaming Injustice and also the Street Fighter Arcade Edition 5v5 Team Tournament from 1PM-10PM on Saturday.
The official Defend the North site also mentions a FGC Dojo that will be happening throughout the day on Sunday. The Dojo will be available for beginners to experts and will cover fighting game basics, recognizing and dealing with setups, taking your game to the tournament level, and introducing other games into your fighting game resumé. An interesting concept to say the least. So far, the games covered will be Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition 2012, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Killer Instinct.
The easiest way to get to the venue is by subway. Take a Main Street-bound 7 Train to the last stop. The hotel is one block over on 39th Avenue with the entrance half a block off Main Street. It is also the largest building in the area, look up and around for the Sheraton Logo. By bus, the Q12, Q13, Q15, Q17, Q19, Q20, Q25, Q27, Q28, Q34, Q44, Q48, Q50, Q58 and Q66 can bring you near the hotel. Simply get off at the closest point to Main Street. Paid parking is also available at the hotel and nearby municipal parking.
Registration at the door takes place from 9AM to 11AM on Saturday and is $40 for the weekend +$10 for each game individually to compete in. Also, registration for ages 13-18 is only $15, women registration is $20. Wired controllers and joysticks only (bring your own). To come as a spectator and play casuals, meaning non-tournament games, is only $20 for the weekend and is available all day at the door.
All NYC fans and members of the Fighting Game Community and fighting games in general are encouraged to come out and support this inaugural event so it can become an annual destination of hype and give the NYC a proper major tournament that the FGC will be talking about throughout the year!