Though taking place in Dubai, UAE, Geek Weekend 2017 is considered a European regional event for the Capcom Pro Tour. Geek Weekend isn’t exclusively FGC-based, but rather a convention for all things nerdy. However, it was still a solid chance for the CPT to hold a tournament in UAE this year. Thus, because of the nature of the event, Street Fighter V is the only fighting game tournament of note.

Streaming was handled by Falcon Arena on Twitch. As usual, players will be listed in “[sponsor/team name] | [player name] [[characters used]]” format. If you’d like to view the full brackets for the tournament, you can do so on Challonge.

Street Fighter V

Due to being a specialized event featuring one game, top 16 will be listed instead of top 8.

  • 1. NASR | Big Bird [Ken]
  • 2. BX3 | Phenom [M. Bison, Guile, Necalli]
  • 3. HS | AngryBird [Akuma]
  • 4. HS | Horsemask [Akuma]
  • 5. Za’abi [Urien]
  • 5. F-Word [Ibuki]
  • 7. Fruit [Ed]
  • 7. Tyrant [M. Bison]
  • 9. Panda | Jiewa [Akuma]
  • 9. HS | SaBo [Ibuki, Kolin]
  • 9. Effendix [Guile]
  • 9. Mr Baldy [Laura]
  • 13. HS | Icyboi [Vega, Alex]
  • 13. Fischer [Guile, Juri]
  • 13. PK | HS | WhiteAshX
  • 13. No Way

While some European natives were able to make their way into top 16, UAE’s own Big Bird was able to come out on top, beginning a streak of impressive showings after breaking through to top 8 at Esports Festival Hong Kong, which was undeniably one of the most difficult, talent-stacked events of the year. His first place finish here at Geek Weekend grants him 160 CPT points, bumping up within top 20 on the leaderboards, presumably securing his qualification status for Capcom Cup in December. The runner-up, Phenom, however, is still solidly in 14th in the CPT standings, making his qualification even more guaranteed.

As it stands, Big Bird and Phenom are the only two people in Geek Weekend’s top 8 that are currently in the top 50 on the CPT leaderboards. Jiewa, who came in 9th at the event, is currently 44th in the standings, but might be able to slip into qualification range if he manages to place well in the remaining Asian, European, and global premiere events.

Matthew Fetrow

I've been playing video games since 4 years of age, and finally began to deeply invest myself into the world of fighting games in 2015 after many off-and-on encounters with games inside the genre. I have a preference for 3D fighters, but also enjoy Street Fighter, King of Fighters, and some airdashers. I'm also a big fan of RPGs and shmups.