2018 has been a great year for Tekken 7
especially when it comes to tournaments to which a dramatic increase in entrants has been observed. This is evidenced by EVO 2018
wherein entrants for legacy titles have shown a decline in numbers except for Bandai Namco's epic fighting game. The same can be said with the second season of Tekken World Tour, which compared to the first season has shown an increase in viewership (comparison below).
(Click on the image to view the comparison)
Despite the success of the event, it seems that some of the game's most prominent players will not be attending the 2019 season of the tour. Players like JDCR, Saint, Qudans, Book, and Kkokkoma through their social media accounts shared their thoughts pertaining to their participation in the upcoming tour.
Qudans: " I do not know whether I will play next year or not."
Book: " Next year I will break (stop playing) Tekken for while."
Kkokkoma: " I’m not sure whether or not I will keep playing the game. "
JDCR & SAINT: "We're not sure if we can return to TWT next year."
Despite the non-disclosure of their reasons, members of the Tekken community in Reddit speculates that this could be due to the dramatic decrease in the event's total prize pool which was slashed in half compared to the first season which makes a lot of sense. Moving forward, it would be better if the organizers can find a way to somehow increase the tour's prize pool. Check out the latest trailer for the game below and stay tuned for more gaming news and updates.-
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Source: Reddit, TekkenChannel Comparison Screenshots courtesy of ESC