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Information[ edit ] Daigo has competed at the highest level in multiple 2D fighting games, and cemented himself as one of the greatest fighting game players of all time. Throughout his career, he had legendary performances in the biggest tournaments in the world, accumulating 6 EVO championships. His career and the iconic moments he took part in are cherished around the world, and today Daigo also has several books, a manga series and a statuette in his honor.
Biography[ edit ] Daigo began going to an arcade game center and playing fighting games as an elementary school student around 10 years of age. Street Fighter II often had a very long line with older players, so he began learning Fatal Fury first. After some time and due to the limited time he could stay at the game center, Daigo started challenging other players in Street Fighter II Dash Champion Edition for an opportunity to play even though he felt shy and had to ask for permission.
This was when he discovered that he preferred competing with other players. Around the time when he was a year-old middle school student, Daigo shifted his main game to Vampire Hunter because he thought he was more skilled in that game than Street Fighter II. He developed a reputation in Vampire Hunter by setting a win streak record in a single outing before he was forced to leave due to Akihabara Sega now Club Sega game center closing for the day.
The match was best of three games, with five-round games. Daigo came from behind to win Both events aired as a minute TV report in Japan. In , Daigo appeared in a U. These events were filmed for the documentary Bang the Machine.
Daigo has participated regularly in a number of tournaments, appearing in at least one each year since his start in , with a brief hiatus in Evolution [ edit ] Despite having never matched off against him before, Umehara was known for having a supposed rivalry with the American Justin Wong due to their differences in gaming philosophies. Umehara did so successfully and went on to counter a final kick of Chun-Li in mid-air before launching a combo move himself and winning the match.
This time, his focus was on the newly released Street Fighter IV. As a reward, he was granted a free trip to Evolution in Las Vegas. Umehara began writing a column in Arcadia called Umehara Column: Michi, starting with the August issue. Thanks to his win at the GameStop tournament, Umehara entered the Evolution Street Fighter IV competition as a seeded player in the semi-finals on July 18, which was the second day of the event. In the third and final day, Umehara defeated Justin Wong and placed him in the Losers Bracket, then advanced to the grand finals only to meet Wong again.
The two fought until the last game possible, but Umehara ultimately won the competition. The show also featured an exhibition match between Umehara and Mago. He placed second in singles and first in 2-on His team was eliminated, in the quarter finals. Umehara held exhibition matches in which he played various characters including Hakan, Guy, and Dee Jay against a dozen challengers.
The event closed with a 3-out-of-5 match between Umehara and Justin Wong, ending in a double-K. It was also revealed at the event that Umehara had accepted a sponsorship deal with Mad Catz and would play under their name in future tournaments. They also held offline matches and a brief talking segment. He won the tournament, losing just one game. As the grand prize, he earned a paid flight to Evolution in Las Vegas where he would start off as a seeded player.
After getting 2nd place in Nagoya Street Battle 15 July 4 , Umehara joined Evolution on July 9—11 and faced a tougher challenge than before with over 1, players from around the world participating in the Super Street Fighter IV tournament. Nevertheless, Umehara secured a win without ever dropping into the Losers bracket. The live stream of the event set a new record with an approximate 48, viewers at its peak across its two channels Stickam 18, and Ustream 30, He also attended an exhibition event in Kuwait on November At the event, Umehara and Killian held a talk, in which Umehara discussed his life in and out of the Street Fighter scene.
On Aug. The rule was the first to win 10 matches will be declared the winner. Daigo won the match with a incredible result against the world champion Xian. A couple of Months later, in a similar match, Daigo beat Infiltration Both matches had many views on YouTube and are considered examples of flawless Street fighter play. On November 24, , Daigo held a panel at the DODA career fair where he spoke about his experiences as a professional gamer.
The event, organized by former Mad Catz executive Mark Julio, was live streamed to over 75, viewers. The book continued to be sold exclusively at fighting game events across the globe throughout the remainder of Umehara received official recognition for the records via a ceremony held at Tokyo Game Show.
On November 30, , Umehara announced that he had entered a new sponsorship deal with gaming headset maker HyperX. In the lecture, Daigo discussed the ups and downs of carving out a niche as a professional gamer. He spoke to a sold-out audience. Together, the three athletes donned the moniker "Cygames Beast," sporting T-shirts with a matching new logo.
He placed 4th overall. After a no-loss sweep in Round 1, he was bumped into the Losers bracket by Haitani during Round 2, and ultimately eliminated during the Semi-Finals by longtime rival Justin Wong. On July 14th, Daigo launched the "Beast" apparel brand in conjunction with apparel makers Nsurgo.
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Early career[ edit ] Daigo began going to an arcade game center and playing fighting games as an elementary school student around 10 years of age. This was when he discovered that he preferred competing with other players. Daigo came from behind to win These events were filmed for the documentary Bang the Machine. His disappointing results he finished respectively last and 33rd made him give up on Ryu. Main article: Evo Moment 37 Despite having never matched off against him before, Umehara was known for having a supposed rivalry with the American Justin Wong due to their differences in gaming philosophies.