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The next installment of Community Event Orlando descends upon Daytona Beach, FL this weekend and promises to deliver some top FGC antics. This year CEO has the pleasure of being the first major tournament that features Street Fighter 6. That marks this weekend as must-see action for SF fans and the first stop on fighting game’s most lucrative circuit.

What Is CEO (Community Event Orlando)?

Founded by Alex Jebaily (of Jebaited fame) in 2010, CEO is the premier fighting game event for the Southeastern United States. It also stands as one of the “big three” FGC brackets along with Combo Breaker and EVO. What sets CEO apart from its contemporaries is its inextricable link with wrestling culture. Not only do the Top 8’s take place in a wrestling ring there’s sometimes entire wrestling matches during the weekend. CEO is also one of the inflection points that’s connected wrestling talent like Kenny Omega to the FGC in an organic way. This makes CEO one of the most exciting events in the FGC for casuals to watch.

What Games Are At CEO?

  • Street Fighter 6
  • Tekken 7
  • Smash Ultimate (Singles & Doubles)
  • Smash Melee (Singles & Doubles)
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Guilty Gear: Strive
  • Dragonball Fighterz
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus
  • King of Fighters XV
  • Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3
  • DNF Duel
  • Melty Blood
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev.2
  • DefJam: Fight For New York
  • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike
  • Capcom vs. SNK 2
  • Breaker’s Revenge

In terms of the matches themselves, the major draw this weekend is the bracket for Street Fighter 6. With the game’s meta finally solidifying itself, there’s going to be a ton of big names that should be pushing for their first points towards a Capcom Cup berth. While there will be a wealth of online qualifiers over the next 10 months, these LAN events are near guarantees for qualification if you can win or place in the top 4. If the early ladders and streams are any indication, some of Street Fighter V’s top talent should still dominate the weekend. But it will be interesting to see if any new talent can emerge in the same way that players like Punk, iDom and MenaRD did for SFV.

Also taking place at CEO is one of the biggest brackets of the year for Smash. It’s been a tumultuous year for the Smash community and major brackets seemed to be dropping in number. But CEO’s entries shows that Smash is still a powerful force on the circuit and remains a top game despite Ultimate being nearly five years old. Ultimate follows Street Fighter 6 as the second most entered game at CEO, beating out Guilty Gear: Strive and Tekken 7. Melee is also incredibly popular, as its 200+ entries give it a larger bracket than games that have been released in the past year like King of Fighters XV (133 entries) and DNF Duel (81 entries).

In addition to those major games, you can also check out a number of side tournaments for some really unique games. Capcom vs SNK 2 is a community favorite that has around 50 entries. Also, there’s a revival of Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, which should bring back some old-school excitement. There are also brackets in MK11, Def Jam: Fight for NY, UNICLR, Granblue Fantasy Versus, and even legacy Street Fighter games (Super Turbo & Third Strike).

How to Watch CEO

Streams are currently underway now and you can check out all of the games on Twitch. Remember not every game will be played on the CEOGaming channel, so be sure to check the listings for your favorite game. As usual, championships for the smaller brackets will get handed out on Saturday. Top 8s for the larger games (besides Tekken 7) like SF6 and Smash will take place on Sunday. Here are all the in-ring finals for Saturday and Sunday.

    • Dragonball Fighterz
    • Tekken 7
    • King of Fighters XV
    • Street Fighter 6
    • Smash Ultimate
    • Guilty Gear Strive