Based on the title you know what this is going to be about. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to read the article here. Anyway lets get into it.
ESPN Esports posted an article on December 12th titled, “Daigo Is On A Mission To Save Street Fighter”. The article focuses mainly on Daigo’s achievement as a Street Fighter player, his current position as a Twitch Ambassador, his stream, and his goal to grow the Street Fighter community. It was an interesting write up of Daigo’s contributions to the Street Fighter community, but not many of the Street Fighter community saw it that way and the reason why actually makes sense.
— ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) December 13, 2016
The above tweet is what accompanied the article. This tweet doesn’t really accompany the article. If anything, it seems to allude to an opinion piece about why Daigo is the best person to revive the Street Fighter scene. As a result, this tweet actually created context the article itself doesn’t imply. Mr. Street Fighter, Alex Valle, was the first to tweet a response to the article.
— Alex Valle (@TheAlexValle) December 13, 2016
For those unaware, Alex Valle is the CEO and Co-Founder of Level Up a company with a strong emphasis on gaming but mainly fighting games. Level Up has streamed tournaments such as Texas Showdown, SoCal Regionals, Red Bull Battlegrounds to name a few and hosts the weekly “Wednesday Night Fights” on their twitch channel. This is where things kinda get hairy.
You see, there are others like Valle who have gone above and beyond for the Street Fighter scene. Momochi has his Shinobism school, CrossCounter TV has professional lessons for Street Fighter players of all levels can take to improve their game, and not to mention people like the man who started CEO Alex Jebailey, or two of the founders of EVO itself Joey Cuellar and Seth Killian. There are still people I have forgotten, but the fact of the matter is there are several people who are trying to grow the street fighter community.
The tweet accompanied by the Daigo article came off as praising Daigo while little to no recognition was given to other members of the Street Fighter community who gave time, money, and effort to events. Even if the tweet didn’t intend to come off that way, it was apparent by some of the reactions that they took it that way.
Long story short, context isn’t implied on twitter. I am appreciative of ESPN Esports doing an article on Daigo and celebrating his efforts to grow the street fighter community. In the future however, I hope they consider the context of their tweets before attaching an article to it. That was all that stood in the way of a happily received article.