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Thursday, January 19, 2012

TOPANGA League prizes detailed

The detail of TOPANGA League's prize money was revealed last night on TOPANGA TV.

  • 1st place - 555,555 yen
  • 2nd place - 100,000 yen
  • 3rd place - 50,000 yen
  • 4th place - 25,000 yen
  • 5th place - 20,000 yen
  • 6th place - 15,000 yen
  • 7th place - 10,000 yen
  • 8th place - 5,000 yen
  • 9th place - 1,000 yen
  • 10th place - 500 yen
  • 11th place - 100 yen
  • 12th place - 5 yen

The winner will be awarded 555,555 yen, this makes TOPANGA League the highest-paid fighting game tournament in Japan. Before this, the record holder was GODSGARDEN Online #2 with 500,000 yen prize money for the winner.

In Japan, collecting entry fees from players for the prize pot is illegal, as it will be treated as unauthorized gamble. Prize money must come from sponsors, not directly from the tournament organizer. Otherwise, the organizer must give away prize money without getting entry fees. And when big companies don't lend their hands, this's the deadlock which is half of the reasons why the scene grows very slowly.

There's no doubt that TOPANGA League's prize pot will come from the pay-per-view streaming. This's the move that could change Japan's fighting game scene as we know completely. The league has players that viewers want to see, and not only one match. Viewers' money goes to their favorite players' pocket. All players are guaranteed to be paid and/or be on stream for weeks on Japan's No.1 streaming site.

Nyanshi, TOPANGA organizer, mentioned that if the first TOPANGA League becomes a success, we could see "B League" (2nd tier league) in the second season.

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