CEO 2021 is a major fighting game tournament featuring 10 different fighting game titles and the best players from all over the world. The three-day event in Orlando, Florida kicks off on Friday and will run through Sunday. The tournament series is legendary in the Fighting Game Community for its use of a wrestling ring for the top 8 finals for each game. This will be the first CEO event in two years, as the 2020 event fell through due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are all the details of where to watch and what to expect.
CEO 2021 will have streams and events for 10 different fighting games. Four of those 10 games will run across all three days due to the number of entries they have: Guilty Gear Strive, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate contestants will start their events early Friday morning. Dragon Ball FighterZ and Mortal Kombat 11 competitions will also start on Friday, but will wrap up by the end of the day Saturday.
Granblue Fantasy Versus, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Skullgirls and Blazblue Cross Tag Battle will start their events on Saturday. Those tournaments will wrap up on Sunday.
Where to watch
Each of the 10 games will have a dedicated stream assigned to them. However, some games will not have their games streamed at all times. The games that will have streams throughout the entirety of the event include Guilty Gear Strive, which will be broadcast on the CEOgaming twitch channel for half of the event and on the DataFGC channel for the other half.
Street Fighter V will have its pools and top 96 portion streamed on the PolarityGG channel before heading to DataFGC for top 24 and then the CEOgaming channel for top 8. The Tekken 7 broadcast will split between DataFGC, CEOGaming and PolarityGG. Smash will be broadcast in its entirety on the VGBootCamp channel.
For a more in-depth look, check out their official schedule.
Although a lot of players have dropped out of the Smash event, there are still many notable players attending. Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan, William “Glutonny” Belaid, Eric “ESAM” Lew, Alexis “Goblin” Stennett and more will still be playing in the event. Notable names playing in other events include Panda Global’s Victor “Punk” Woodley, Eduardo “HookGangGod” Deno, Justin Wong and more. Check out the Smash.gg page for more information.
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