THE inaugural Philippine Red Bull Kumite Qualifier was successfully held last weekend with veteran player Don Gimperoso emerging as the winner and will represent the Philippines in the global Last Chance Qualifier at the Red Bull Kumite Finals in Paris, France, in November.
Up against other top Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players in the land, PBE Don, as Mr. Gimperoso is popular known, stood triumphant at the Chaos Nightclub in City of Dreams, Manila, to earn the all-expenses-paid trip to the French capital as Philippines’ representative.
“I’m very happy since I won the tournament. It was a close match. My opponent made last-minute adjustments and I had a hard time closing out the game,” said Don, who defeated James Prado (PBE James) in an emotionally charged finals.
Don has competed in numerous tournaments overseas and regarded as one of the most dominant forces in the local gaming scene.
Red Bull Kumite is a showdown between the best Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players in the world.
The contest has reached gamers all over the world, with qualifications now open across new territories. Each game takes place inside a cage until only one player is left standing.
This year marked the first time that the Philippines hosted a regional qualifier, which gathered players from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Competing at the global Last Chance Qualifier, Don will be among 256 players colliding for the last two remaining spots in the World Finals.
In the World Finals, a total of 16 players, two from the Last Chance Qualifier and 14 of the best Street Fighter V players invited by Red Bull, will square off in a series of head-to-head battles on Nov. 11 to determine the 2018 Red Bull Kumite Champion.
Don said he is not too pressured despite the tough battle ahead and instead basking in the excitement of facing the top players in the world.
“There’s very little pressure for me. I’m excited, and I expect the best players from around the world. My strategy is to watch their matches online and familiarize myself with their move set,” said Don. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo