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Battle Royale II at Next Level Arcade November 14, 2015

The Secret Society, Dream Cancel, and various members from the KOF community have once again teamed up to create another High Stakes KOF XIII tournament being hosted at the infamous Next Level Arcade, a frequently visited venue of many great players of all games. Arturo “nycfurby” Sanchez of Team Spooky is confirmed to be streaming the event at twitch.tv/nycfurby as well as Team Kick-Punch-Block at twitch.tv/kpblive. In addition, this event is a Dream Cancel Cup Premier Qualifying event for all games in the Finals taking place on January 2016. If you live in the tristate area and or have been looking for a KOF 98, KOF 98UM:FE, and or KOF 2K2UM tournament, then you most definitely do not want to miss out on this event. Check out the thread here and the facebook event page here for more details. If you wanna know what you may have missed out on last year, check out the match below as it capsulizes the hype levels of what is to come. WARNING, video has colorful language (NSFW) so be cautious where watching it.

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SNK Playmore possibly shutting down Pachinko Slot division

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According to a report by Pachinko industry site Pachislot Village, SNK Playmore will be shutting down their Pachislot business.  They reported that SNK Playmore currently has no new Pachislot machines on file for approval in the new couple months.

Separately, a report on Yugi-Nippon reported that the SNK Playmore will close their Tokyo office at the end of this month.  The Tokyo office handles most of the of SNK Playmore’s Pachislot business.  The Tokyo staff will be given the option to transfer to the games division at the Osaka main office.

The Pachislot business has been in decline in recent years.  Four other companies have left the Pachinko industry due to various reasons.  One of the main reasons to the decline is the possibility of gambling legalization in Japan.  Pachinko makers are set to face immense competition against foreign multinationals and face addition gambling taxes should the gambling legalization bill were to pass next year.

SNK Playmore’s decision to shut down their Pachislot division is a sharp turn from the remarks that president Koichi Sotyama made earlier this summer “… The Pachislot market is currently suffering from a massive decline of users in their 20’s, and it is important that we develop new machines targeted towards the younger range audience. We are a Pachislot maker as well as a Videogame maker. We will do our best to make Pachislot fans out of videogame fans.”

Sources:

Pachinko Village, Yugi Nippon via Kof Koucha, Professor, Gatoray

The Fall Classic 2015 Top 8

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Coming from just about the middle of the East Coast in Raleigh, NC, the third installment of The Fall Classic tournament series is happening from Sept. 11-13, 2015. The Top 8 of the KOFXIII tournament will be streamed Sept. 13 12PM EST (9AM PST) by Bifuteki. You can follow the streams and event schedule here. Brackets for those wanting to know who was in attendance and keep in mind that not everything is updated immediately by TOs so some waiting will have to happen. There were 62 entrants according to the Challonge and 60 players pre-registered.

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SNK Playmore and Square Enix settle their “High Score Girl” manga legal dispute amicably

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Last year SNK Playmore took legal against Square Enix, filing a criminal complaint due to the fact that SE’s publishing branch did not consult them about using content from their games in the “High Score Girl” manga (which heavily covered arcade games from the 90s), and some time after Square Enix took legal against against SNKP in retaliation. As a result, the manga in question also ceased to be published.

Today both companies announced that they have reached an agreement on the issue, in which Ledo Millenium, SNKP’s new major stockholder, has played a part:

As a result, the legal processes initiated by both companies will cease, and the “High Score Girl” manga will resume publication.

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SNK Playmore acquired by Chinese Company

SNK_logoA while ago, we reported that SNK Playmore was possibly in talks to be acquired by a Chinese company called Leyou Technologies.  The news originated from a stock filing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  Though the exact name of the target company was not identified in the document, the details highly suggest that it was SNK Playmore.  Since then, things have been relatively quiet and just when one would think that the deal has gone south, more news have surfaced recently and it seems like the deal have taken a different turn.

In a surprising twist, two different companies – Oriental Securities and Shunrong Sanqi have established a joint venture called Zheyuan to invest in Ledo Millenium, a subsidiary of Leyou Technologies.  Through Ledo Millenium, the newly formed joint venture will pay 63.5 million USD to acquire 81.25% of SNK Playmore’s shares directly from former SNK CEO Eikichi Kawasaki and wife Natsuyo Kawasaki.  The shares will give them majority control of SNK Playmore.  The acquisition puts SNK Playmore a valuation at 78 million USD.  The transaction was finalized on 8/6/2015 in Osaka, Japan.

Dongfang Xinghui (subsidiary of Oriental Securities) will be the majority shareholder of the joint venture with 80% of the shares.  The CEO of Dongfang Xingui, Zheng Jianhui commented that the main reason for their acquisition of SNK Playmore is their vast number of game IPs and the all the tie-ins the SNK characters are involved in.  In particular, he mentioned that going forward they aim to follow the “Marvel formula,” where the Marvel Universe has branched off into different spaces including comics, games, television, and movies to form a complete and synergistic IP portfolio.  He is also looking forward to collaborations with other Chinese companies to develop games, anime, manga, televisions, and movies in order to fully develop SNK’s intellectual property.

Shunrong Sanqi, the minority owner of the joint venture is a Chinese online gaming giant. The company has recently acquired stakes in various media companies.  Their cofounder and director, Wu Xushun, has recently joined the ranks of online game billionaires.

Source:

Official announcement from Shunrong Sanqi

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Exploring KoF XIII dialogues: Mai and the Shiranui legacy

Even if you play KoF mostly for the competitive side of things and don’t really care about the game’s story, you must have at least spent some time in XIII’s Arcade mode to unlock Billy and Saiki. In the process, you may have read or skipped all the pre-match exchanges between every pair of characters that meets in the game’s Arcade mode.

Some of those conversations reference story elements from previous games, and not just from the KoF series, so new players might not be familiar with some of the referenced names and events. Since the stories and characters SNK has developed over the years are among the strongest aspects of their body of work, it’s worth trying to clarify some of them.

She doesn’t have a major role in KoF XIII’s primary story, but as a famous character she was heavily requested during XII’s release. Mai was therefore given considerable focus in XIII’s promotional materials, so she seems like an interesting character to start with.

In her match with Takuma, he mentions someone called Hanzo:

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Rumor: SNK Playmore acquired by Chinese Company

SNK_logo**  This story is developing.  We will be updating this article as more information comes to light**

There is a rumor that SNK Playmore has been acquired by a Chinese company circulating around.  The rumor is based on a recent disclosure of interest document submitted to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by Leyou Technologies Holdings.

As a rule, publicly listed companies are required to submit a document whenever they acquire a controlling stake in another company.

In the disclosure of interest document they submitted to the HKSE, Leyou Technologies Holdings mentioned a possible investment in a renowned Japanese video game developer, that if materialized will result in the company indirectly acquiring a controlling interest in the target company.

Although the name of the target company was not listed in the document, the target company was described as “a historically distinguished video game hardware and software company with headquarters in Osaka, Japan. The Target Company primarily operates as a third party video game developer and publisher on all major platforms including arcade, PS2, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii and PC. Classic franchise games published or owned by the Target Company include, but is not limited to, the genre of fighting games, run and gun games, and a rail shooter arcade game. The Target Company is most notable for creating a video game platform in the form of home game console in the 1990s. Their most popular and successful console was a portable handheld machine with coloured graphics launched
in 1999. Its successful track record in producing hit games and the fact that it had  previously cooperated with Capcom to make hit fighting games, leaves no doubt that the Target Company is one of the most celebrated video game developers in Japanese history.”

Given the description, there is a strong possibility that the target company is in fact SNK Playmore.

It should be noted that the acquisition has not been materialized yet. It is still subject to due diligence and execution of definitive agreements between the parties. The term sheet between the two companies are not legally binding, but Leyou has already paid a $2 million USD non-refundable deposit for entering the agreement.

More about Leyou Technologies

Leyou Technologies Holdings is a Chinese holding companies primarily specialized in chicken farming. Recently, they have been trying to diversify their business. They recently acquired a controlling stake in Digital Extremes, the developer of Warframe and co-developer of the Unreal series.

Here is the official description of Leyou Technologies Holding:

Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, manufactures and trades in chicken meat products, animal feeds, and chicken breeds in the People’s Republic of China. It operates through Chicken Meat, Chicken Breeds, and Animal Feeds segments. The company is involved in the slaughtering, production, and sale of chicken meat products, including chicken wings, chicken breast, chicken legs, etc. under the Sumpo brand name to individual and corporate distributors, as well as direct customers, which include fast food chains, restaurants, etc. It also engages in hatching broiler eggs; breeding parent stock day-old chicks; breeding and selling poultry commodity broilers, chicken breeds, and aquatic products; selling packaged food products; and providing breeding techniques consultancy services. The company was formerly known as Sumpo Food Holdings Limited and changed its name to Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited in January 2015. Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Longyan, the People’s Republic of China.

 

Fan artist spotlight: Victor Lozada

While KoF has inspired a lot of competitive play over the years, its fighting mechanics aren’t the only thing that has appealed to fans all over the world. During its 20 years it also developed a number of appealing characters and stories.

While the game mechanics have inspired some great players to delived exciting performances in competitive events, the other aspects of KoF and other SNK series have also inspired a number or artists in their chosen craft.

Today we try to start giving some of these artists some focus, and we’re starting by interviewing Victor Lozada, an artist from Mexico.

Vanessa by Victor Lozada

DC: How did you get started with illustration?

VL:  Well, I started with digital illustration like three years ago, I did a couple of drawings before these three years but I was not serious about learning and was not committed at all with practice so I don’t consider my previous drawings as experience ’cause I did one or two a year, and you can see this on my DeviantArt page, where I opened an account without even posting anything for like 4 years.

The interest for getting better came all of a sudden, I was doing graphic design for video games, it was more… adapting and resizing assets than really creating from scratch. And then I got some spare time every once in a while at work and started practicing cause I wanted to, one day, make a video game cover, I wanted to be in the creative team, not only in the production line. Once I started admitting I knew nothing, I started learning with a fresh point of view, and here I am, still learning and hopefully getting better.

DC: Is it more of a hobby, or do you have some paid work experience or specific aspirations?

VL: Currently it is more a hobby since I haven’t gotten paid yet for any of my illustrations, and I don’t want to spend a lot of time promoting myself without being really good. I rather spend that time practicing and improving my portfolio. But I do want to work doing this. I still am in the graphic design production line.

Yes, I have worked in the game industry for five years now, though I haven’t made it to the creative field yet. I still work adapting assets that are already made. Recently, a friend and I made a little, very simple, game for Android in our spare time just for fun. It was more of a test and we learned a lot in the whole process. We made some mistakes, we rushed to publish it before it was totally ready and it was not successful at all, but we learned a lot and we are planning to do something a bit more complex and more polished visually. Here´s the link to it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Lemurian.KipusFlight&hl=en

Blue Mary by Victor Lozada

DC: I noticed your gallery covers many different subjects, like nature, comics, movies, TV and games – what was it about KoF and Samurai Shodown that got your attention to draw their characters?

VL: I have always liked SNK characters since my childhood, me and my brother used to hit the arcades so often in order to play those games, he was way better at playing. I, on the other hand liked to spend more time looking at the art of those games in general, good times.

DC: What are your favorite games in the KoF and SS series, and why?

VL: My favorite characters from KoF were Terry Bogard, Iori Yagami, K´, Joe Higashi and Ryo Sakazaki, I always chose those. From Samurai Shodown I liked Genjuro a lot, like his bad ass personality and so skilled with his sword. I also liked Haohmaru and Ukyo a lot as they were very well thought, very well designed characters.

Genjuro by Victor Lozada

DC: You’ve done some pretty good illustrations of Vanessa, Mary and Genjuro – any other favorite SNK character you’d like to illustrate some day?

VL: Thank you, yes. I want to do a lot more SNK fan art, I don’t get tired of those characters, I don’t think I ever will and I have been asked to do Mai Shiranui a lot so maybe I will do that one next, hopefully soon. I’ll let you know. :)

You can find more of Victor’s work at http://victter-le-fou.deviantart.com/

Kyo and Iori show up in new Korean fighting game “The King of Cyphers”

CBK8pf0VAAEjuO9.png large It has been a pretty busy year for KOF characters.  They have been crossing over to many different games from different genres.  Now to add to the list, Kyo and Iori are going to be guests in the upcoming Korean fighting game “The King of Cyphers.”

The game is actually a new mode of the popular Korean MOBA game “Cyphers”.  The new fighting game mode is expected to be released on April 2.  It is serviced by Nexon Korea in collaboration with SNK Playmore.  You can check out the trailer below:

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