Orena Fight Nights bring Street Fighter V to Emperor’s Palace

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Fighting game competitions, which are starting to grow exponentially overseas, are landing on our shores with the newly announced Orena Fight Nights. The OFN will be a bi-monthly tournament taking place at the Orena Gaming Studio at Emperor’s Palace. The inaugural tournament will be taking place at Rush next month, and all fighters are welcome. If you’re an aspiring fighter, and think you can step up to the challenge, the pay close attention below.

The game is Street Fighter V, and if you’re an avid reader of Critical Hit you’ll know how much we love this game. The OFN will see the countries best fighters battling it out for a R20,000 prize pool. The tournament will run from the 9th of July on a bi-monthly weekend schedule, the preliminary split will take place at Rush on the 21-23 of July where the competition will continue until the 27th of October where the top fighters will head to the 500 seater arena at Emperor’s Palace. Information for spectator tickets will be made available soon, but for competitors entry will cost you R35 per weekend, or R175 for a season.

Below is a break down of the prize pool:

  • 1st place: R10 000
  • 2nd place: R5 000
  • 3rd & 4th place: R2500
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More information on the OFN is available on the official fight night website.

According to the website, there will be a number of fan activities for spectators including the Red Bull Fan Zone, and let’s not forget you’ll be at Emperor’s Palace which has a number of great attractions (including a casino). There will also be the Orena store which will have team merchandise, hardware and other goodies for spectators.

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The growing influence of fighting games is something unique to South Africa as it’s an easy, and exciting, esport to both watch and understand. It’s a game which visually seems straightforward, but is actually extremely mechanically complex for players. The skill required is really high, and there’s nothing better than seeing a great fighter pull off those crazy combos. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one, and we hope the OFN is something which continues and aids the quiet fighting scene in South Africa.

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Last Updated: June 14, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Saw the trailer for this at Nu Metro, as well as Orena Online advert.

    Just wish this was for Tekken 7 rather.

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