Fans of fighting games were greeted with a pleasant surprise for one of the hottest upcoming #Fighting Game titles to date.The head of fighting game tournament Community Effort Orlando, Alex Jebailey has announced that the much anticipated Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will be available to play at his tournament in June. The announcement was made on stream at Combo Breaker, another tournament being held this weekend. ESPN’s Jacob Wolf also confirmed the news of the game being playable at #Ceo 2017 and also went on to confirm that the game will be playable at this year’s E3 as well.

Capcom has Much to Prove

Capcom is in a peculiar spot these days.

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After Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite’s initial announcement at Playstation Experience 2016, news about the game was sparse. It wasn’t until April that fans of the series got their first glimpse of the game’s story and gameplay. With the game’s release set for September, the two events, will be the public’s first time getting their hands on the game. The timing sets up a make or break situation for the game’s developer, Capcom who will have to impress one of their most coveted demographics: Competitive players.

So far, the thoughts among fans have been mixed. Some fans have been critical of the idea of simplifying the gameplay, the change to 2v2 and the overall art direction of the game, while others are willing to give the game the benefit of the doubt. Another fighting game in Capcom’s roster, Street Fighter V also has fans weary about the direction of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.

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The best thing Capcom can do now is to get the game in the hands of fans early, take in early feedback and make polishes to the game.

CEO is the Perfect Testing Ground For MvC:I

CEO is one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the country and will have some of the top players of the MvC:I’s predecessor, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, in attendance. Esports was a big draw for the popularity of SFV and if Capcom is following the same strategy, MvC:I will have to impress at CEO. It will also give the game hands on testing with some of the brightest minds in fighting games, a valuable asset for any game looking to have a healthy launch in the age of consistent beta testing.

CEO will be held on June 16-18 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort and will feature a multitude of fighting games along with hosting several circuits for games like SFV, Injustice 2 and UMvC3. Catch the action from the event on Twitch.