UFGT9 Community Panels – May 25th

Its that time of the year again when we all anxiously attempt to figure out what we’ll do on Saturday, May 25th after going 0 and 2 in our favorite fighting games. In our now annual attempt to fill those worrisome hours with lively entertainment, UFGT  once again comes to you complete with a variety of community panels! This year we are condensing our offerings a bit to bring you an even more concentrated selection of FGC content ripe for discussion and witty banter. From panels featuring well traveled tournament veterans to relative new-comers our UFGT9 line-up features some of the most interesting characters in the FGC.

So please join us for UFGT9’s exciting panel’s line-up. Each person who attends a panel will get a panel raffle ticket for free, and will be eligible to win awesome prizes.  Panels will be filmed and uploaded to Youtube in the weeks following UFGT9. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you on May 25th!

UFGT9:Guts – Community Panels

Tech Talk Live (10am)


From buttons to circuit boards, joysticks to plexiglass, and wires to wood cases, the world of arcade stick production is one ripe with creativity and expression. No one knows this better than the weekend warrior modders of the FGC. Join us as we find out what led these tech enthusiasts developing into a staple of national tournaments and internet forums alike, and how they have taken their road-tested services from corner tables to mail order operations. Additionally, hear the behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations of Phreakmods’ recent success with Kickstarter, and how a daydreamed removable joystick became a fully realized product.

Panel features a brief lecture and open Q&A with the hosts.

Testers Among Us (12noon)


For many years now Perfect Legend and Tom Brady have come to symbolize both what it means to excel at a game, and what it means to champion a community removed from the decades developed interest shown to Capcom properties. With accolades and successes, both within their games and within the fighting game business as a whole, both these players compete to live up to the weighty expectation and underestimated skill-sets simultaneously put upon them. Most recently Perfect Legend & Tom Brady took part in the Injustice: Gods Among Us player tests and strategy guide development, using their long developed gaming knowledge to help give back to the studio whose games have brought them respect. Join us for an in-depth look at the type of resolve necessary to become a champion, and the views of two men helping to balance modern fighting games.

Panel features a brief lecture and open Q&A with the hosts.

Home Grown Business: Players to Providers  (2pm)


The FGC has been around for decades, with many a player growing up enamored with the community. Sometimes, as the tourneys tick by, a few players begin to seek for ways to give back to the scene thats birthed them, becoming purveyors of content, products, and promotions designed to progress the tournament scene into something bigger, something better. Join Level-Up’s Alex Valle, Mad Catz’s Mark “Markman” Julio, Kineda’s Terry “Kineda” Ng, Team Spooky’s Victor “Spooky” Fontanez, and Focus Fire’s Rick Thiher as they discuss how their services, products, and businesses evolved from a love of the FGC, and where they hope to take them. Discuss the trials and tribulations of businesses built on love, and find out what goes into keeping the FGC moving forward.

Panel features a brief history of the hosts followed by an open Q&A.

The E-Sports Connection: Hadoukens in the spotlight (4pm)


Come join a discussion about the progress of E-sports in the global gaming community and its often difficult relationship with the FGC. How does the current FGC relate to the global spectator phenomenon of League of Legends? Are we a community growing to that level or have we reached the apex of spectator interest? Hear from both content providers and consumers alike as we attempt to analyze the FGC’s place in the ever evolving world of competitive gaming. Featuring insightful hosting from TwitchTV’s Ben “Fishstix” Goldhaber, UltraChenTV’s David “UltraDavid” Graham, and the Midwest’s Brandon “TuboWare” Brockman.

Panel features a brief lecture and open Q&A with the hosts.

An Evening with the Best: Mike Ross (6pm)


How does one become a spokesperson for an entire community, enjoy the iconically ironic nickname of “the best,” all without winning any of our scene’s grandest prizes? The answer, as showcased by Mike “Mike Ross” Ross is simple, always strive to be the best player you can be, and never forget to hope for more. Find out how Mike Ross went from a simple gamer who didn’t own a console, to one-half of Cross Counter’s progressive Excellent Adventures programming, to most recently the proud FGC spokesman of IPL’s defunct fighting game division, all in the span of 5 short years. From plinks to guitar riffs to stream shows, find out what its like to be “the Best.”

Panel features a lecture and an open Q&A.

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