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Red Bull Kumite New York: Everything You Need To Know

by Elvis Mack

Every year, the Red Bull Kumite brings out some of the highest levels of fighting game action of the year. From France to South Africa, the level of talent in each event makes it a can’t miss event for many. And this year, Red Bull Kumite New York is no exception. With the introduction of new ways to enter the octagon and the traditional single elimination format, the winner of this Red Bull Kumite will have even more prestige behind it.

Red Bull Kumite New York Schedule

The Play-In Qualifier & The Last Chance Qualifier

The Play-In Qualifier Bracket for Red Bull Kumite New York

Something new they added this year for the Red Bull Kumite is the Play-In Qualifier. In this special tournament, qualifiers from 8 online tournaments (4 in the US, 1 in Japan, 1 in France, 1 in Italy, and 1 in Canada) play in this special double elimination tournament. The winner of this special tourney will qualify to step into the octagon at Red Bull Kumite New York.

This gives players who wouldn’t be invited a chance to showcase their skill and a chance to qualify for the kumite itself. This aspect of the Red Bull Kumite is one I hope to see return in future installments.

We also can’t talk about the Red Bull Kumite without mentioning the last chance qualifier. Some of the best players in the US are looking to take the first place victory and secure their spot in the finals. Various names were discovered from the Red Bull Kumite LCQ, and we are sure to see a new name acknowledged on Saturday.

The Main Event

Finally, it’s time for the main event. 16 players enter the octagon for the hardest tournament bracket of the season. Single elimination and a first to 5 ruleset separates victory from defeat. Meaning that your favorites can lose in the first round and never seen again. This format is brutal, but makes for some of the most insane environments in gaming. You only got one chance to play your best, so you need to do the best you can. And if you win, the gold hand will be revealed to you.


The fighters prepare and the fans eagerly await. The Red Bull Kumite New York is poised as a huge event in the FGC calendar for Street Fighter 6. With the stage set for epic showdowns, this weekend will undoubtedly be a testament to the skill, passion, and heart that define the fighting game community.

Catch all the action Red Bull Gaming’s Twitch and YouTube channels and let a competition begin.

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