I apologise for the lack of posts recently. There has been so much going on that I haven’t found the time to report on events that have happened, and yes, there have been some events that have been happening recently.
Puyo Puyo Tetris PC:
Following the PC launch of Puyo Puyo Tetris on February 27th, a PuyoGB member led the way in creating a topic on Steam for everyone to post any bugs and issues they were having. This was picked-up by Sega Europe themselves who have thanked everyone for their feedback and bug reports that they have released two game patches within the space of four weeks. Sega Europe continue to urge players for their feedback on any bugs they might have missed, and are forever grateful for the support you’ve shown.
#PuyoGBOpen kick-starts online competition:
The first major online tournament for Puyo Puyo Tetris took place on March 2nd with the PuyoGB Open Invitational. The tournament was setup to be primarily a Swap Rules tournament with a players agreement to switch to a straight Puyo or Tetris battle should they wish. Players from across four continents attended the tournament which, despite some technical hiccoughs, was largely a success! Legendary Australian player Yoshi100_Aus won the tournament, with Arcade Puyo Veteran Puyomaha taking second, and French Tetris Grand Master Doremy finishing third!
The expansion of PuyoGB:
Our PuyoGB Discord has grown considerably since the last update, which is now home to over 100 members, including some like-minded fans from overseas. Due to this, the admins of the Discord have appointed three Moderators to help improve and facilitate the welcoming environment created by all of our members. We are now aiming to hold a raffle for when we reach 100 British Players, so if you’re from the UK and want to take part in the raffle, please join our Discord channel!
On top of this, the newfound expansion for PuyoGB is beginning to open up more areas for us to target for our tours. Our Promoters and fellow players are looking to help spread the game and its reach at gaming centres and events to further cement and solidify Puyo Puyo as an eSport in the UK. If you want to help out with this, please contact us on Twitter, or email BlueHairKei@puyogb.co.uk, and don’t forget to join our Discord too!
Future PuyoGB Tournaments:
As PuyoGB continues to grow and develop, there will be more opportunities for people to take part in both online and offline tournaments.
For online tournaments, PuyoGB is starting to move towards running various types of tournaments that match closely with the offline metagame standard. On Saturday March 31st, we are going to host our first Power Ranking tournament that should lay the foundation for player seeds across the board. This will be a Puyo Only tournament that will use the PC version of Puyo Puyo Tetris, and we welcome all UK players of all skills to take part, as this will help us lay the foundation for a three-tier system dedicated to Beginners, Intermediates and Pro Players alike. Click here for details.
Also, following the success of the #PuyoGBOpen, we are going to be holding various tournaments on a weekly or fortnightly basis, again hoping to utilise not just the PC version of Puyo Puyo Tetris, but also the Switch and PS4 versions, and Puyo Puyo Chronicle on the 3DS. For Puyo Puyo Tetris, we are pleased to announce that we are adopting the Mixed Doubles VS format for Team Tournaments. We began a small tournament to see if it would garner any interest or success and are happy to announce that it went down very well. Our maiden tournament might have only seen six teams compete across Double Elimination on March 17th, but will undoubtedly grow as players look to build further. It also provides an excellent platform for more tournaments to crop-up!
For offline tournaments, we are still trying to get in contact with various events organisers to inquire about prices for stalls and equipment. Following-on from the Kotaku UK article, and after receiving the backing of Sega Europe, Kei is continuing to push forward communications with events to help establish and co-ordinate tournaments that will offer prizes. We’re still keen on attending MCM Manchester for a tournament, but have recently been given a lead which may prove to be a great stepping stone for laying the foundations further!
The success of the tournaments at PC Gamer Weekender, Battles in Glasgow and GEEK in Margate proved to be a good launching pad, and we are pleased to announce that Sega Europe donated a Puyo Puyo Tetris PC Steam Key as a prize to those that won the tournaments. As the winners of BiG and GEEK already pre-ordered the game, the runners-up of both tournaments won the keys.
Thank you to everyone who took part in these tournaments, and to our hosts who allowed us to take part throughout. We garnered interest from these events, with some attendees joining our community, and I know that through collaboration with other gaming clubs and societies, together, we can continue to grow the PuyoGB community and take that one step closer to making Puyo Puyo an eSport in the UK!
Sega Japan hosts its inaugural Puyo Puyo Cup Tournament:
Finally, we are happy to confirm and report that Sega Japan, after registering with the Japan eSports Union (JESU), have announced a Puyo Puyo tournament for the professional Japanese eSports players to participate in.
The tournament will take place during #SegaFes on April 14-15 at Akihabara, Tokyo. Participants are required to register by March 23rd, with the tournament check-in scheduled from 11:00 JST on April 14th. From 12:00-17:00 JST, all the preliminary rounds will be concluded, with the top players from those rounds taking part in the Finals on April 15th. The tournament will be played using Puyo Only on Puyo Puyo Tetris for PS4, and Sega have allowed participants to bring their own controllers.
The winner of the tournament will walk away with 1,000,000 yen (Approx. £6500). Second place wins 500,000 yen (£3250), third and fourth win 100,000 yen (£675), and fifth wins 50,000 yen (£338.50). All details here (Japanese website).
I must admit, the urge to fly to Japan, register, and take out some players for a chance to win that money is strong, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s attracted by this tournament to do the same, but these are exactly the kind of tournaments we are looking to run! I know we’re still a long way away from something even remotely close to that, but as long as we keep working together and pushing collaboration forward, a tournament like the above could well happen outside of Japan!
Wouldn’t that be exciting?