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In a sudden move that caught much of the fighting game community off-guard, vVv Gaming has cut their fighting game team, leaving RTD, REO, CD Jr, and Romance without a team. The announcement was made on their official site earlier today. vVv RobZGod (VP of Operations) stated that:
“We sponsored our fighters throughout the road the evo, but their representation of the organization diminished as time went on. From forgetting shirts at multiple events to ignoring texts about interviews and opportunities it got to the point where we were put in this position. I agree that they are fun to watch and cheer for at events, but when it comes down to the numbers and value they just aren’t a good fit for the direction that we are moving towards. ”
Keep in mind, this comes a day after vVv posted a glowing statement of their players, congratulating them on their recent successes by saying that, “The road to EVO was a long one, ending with our vVv Fighters accumulating numerous top 4 finishes, major tournament victories, and garnering the respect of all in attendance at the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year. For those who had their doubts, our fighters are the real deal, and it would be a mistake to not look out for them in the future. We’d like to thank everyone that tuned in to support the vVv fighters this past weekend, and a huge congratulations to our fighters for once again showing that they came to compete, and played to win.”
Why vVv’s attitude went from “…our fighters are the real deal,” to their value not being “…a good fit,” is curious. CD Jr took 2nd place at EVO and CEO for MK9, RTD took 1st at CEO for Soul Calibur V, REO got 1st at the CEO MK9 tournament, and Romance got 2nd for KoFXIII at CEO.
Sounds like a pretty successful team to me. But maybe remembering your shirts and answering texts is more important.