EVO 2015 Winner Triumphs Despite Broken Stick

Momochi is your 2015 Street Fighter IV champ at EVO, and he took out the title in some of the weirdest circumstances ever seen at the tournament.


Taking on crowd-favourite Gamerbee (who had been on a hell of a run during the day) in the Grand Final, everything was going fine until Momochi’s stick broke. Like, of all the times in a fighting game stick’s lifetime to break, it had to be in the middle of the freakin’ Grand Final at EVO? Amazing.

The malfunction took place in the middle of a round, and perhaps even more amazing than the breakdown itself was Gamerbee’s sportsmanship about the whole thing (go to 1:49 in the video below).

Sadly, that sportsmanship wasn’t to be rewarded; despite the setback, and pause in proceedings that had to have wreaked havoc with both combatant’s state of mind, Momochi returned with a replacement stick to take out the GF and emerge as this year’s champion.

Funnily enough, one of the prizes the finalists took home from the tournament was a gold stick. Handy for Momochi!


You can watch it below:

And if you’re interested, here are EVO’s rules on stick failure:

Reporting Equipment Failure: Video game hardware has a tendency to break down during tournaments. Buttons or joysticks will occasionally break down in the middle of a match, leaving the player on the broken side at a significant disadvantage. The following rules will be used in the event of a breakdown:

  • In the event of an equipment failure, they player has the option to stop the Game in progress to obtain an replacement.
  • If a Game is stopped in progress, the reporting player must forfeit the current round.
  • New equipment must be immediately available. If replacement equipment cannot be obtained in a timely manner, the player must continue to play on their current equipment or forfeit the Match.
  • Once replacement equipment is obtained, the player is given the rest of the round to configure their buttons and test the new equipment. If the player gains an undue advantage by doing so (e.g. charging an abundance of super meter), they must forfeit the Game.
  • A player may opt to switch out equipment between Games at no penalty. When this occurs, the player will be given ample time to configure his buttons before the next Game begins.



The USFIV losers bracket final was amazing, and the grand final was amazing until the end. I think there’s a fair chance that Gamerbee only lost because the break to deal with Momochi’s technical issue totally screwed any rhythm or momentum he had.

You could argue that it equally screwed up both players and that’s true to a degree, but I mean fer chrissakes Gamerbee already had to win a best-of-five— which came down to the wire —to reset the bracket in the first place! ...and that was after the utterly grueling losers bracket final that also went to the fifth round of the fifth game. I think if they’d replayed that round instead of forfeiting, it would’ve turned out differently. I think Gamerbee would’ve taken both rounds.

Instead what we saw was Momochi get his groove back faster than Gamerbee and wreck his shit, which was a totally unsatisfying and almost distasteful climax to have to witness... :(

Aside: Why in all of fuckery did it take any time to find a backup controller? There were probably more sticks in that room than there are in stock at many retailers this week...and that’s just the ones people brought. There were multiple companies there selling their wares... It shouldn’t have taken forever to get him a replacement stick.