Yesterday afternoon, Lupe Fiasco beat Daigo Umehara in Street Fighter V. The result was unexpected, and some believe, perhaps, staged. There could be other factors the contributed to this outcome. Maybe Daigo was jet-lagged, maybe he's still not that familiar with Street Fighter V or maybe he was being polite. Or maybe, you know, Lupe is good.
Prior to publication, Kotaku reached out to Alex Verrey at MadCatz and asked if the Lupe fight was staged. Verrey replied, "No sir, it was not! Daigo would never allow such a thing."
— MAD CATZ (@MadCatz) February 16, 2016
(Kotaku also reached out to Capcom and Daigo's spokesperson, but haven't heard back yet.)
LUPE BEAT DAIGO AND HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT pic.twitter.com/yJ2H7SQj3R
— Wario64 (@Wario64) February 16, 2016
Daigo sandbag is so good. When Lupe jumps you see him pump the anti air uppercut and then think, "Oh yeah I have to let him jump"
— Stephen Lyon (@Sajam) February 16, 2016
@JWonggg Obviously a staged publicity event, Daigo sandbaggin' harder than the coast guard
— Kevin Kim (@aznxk3vi17) February 16, 2016
So you mean to tell me
Lupe can beat daigo
But justin wong cant
— Running Man (@Mahouko) February 16, 2016
Lupe Fiasco took a game of Street FIghter V against Daigo Umehara. #STAGED
— Jovan St. Lawrence (@LordXenu925) February 16, 2016
The sandbag is so real right now in the Lupe vs Daigo match ? #SFV
— Sherlock Homeboy (@Son_Dula) February 16, 2016
How the heck Daigo lose to Lupe in SF?! Hope that junk was staged.... LOL
— Jeremy (@TheGamer2323) February 16, 2016
@fals1fy It was 100% fake. Daigo made so many clearly intentional combo drops/lack of blocks.
— SUGOI | Raziek (@SUGOI_Raziek) February 16, 2016
@fals1fy fake lol. Lupe shoryud every time on wakeup. Daigo never blocked lol. Its the equivalent of playing in Smash without sheild option.
— UA|Jbandrew (@ULTRA_Jband) February 16, 2016
Others thought it was the real deal.
Some weren't sure what to think.
I can't stop laughin at how Lupe actually beat Daigo lmaooo watching the twitch replay over and over idk if it's legit or rigged
— homiemustardketchup (@raymondalmond) February 16, 2016
Then, there are those who just took it for what it was: an exhibition match between a major recording artist and a top-notch professional gamer.
bunch of ppl are like "CLEARLY THE LUPE/DAIGO THING WAS FAKE" and i'm just like
let yourselves believe in magic and wonder again.
— philko (@pkollar) February 16, 2016
All the people getting all angry saying that Lupe vs Daigo was fake are the same kids you grew up with that told you Santa wasn't real
— Dust (@juiceDust_) February 16, 2016
Some people thought the most important thing is that the fight will help the fighting game community grow even more.
— Tullies (@KendamaSama) February 16, 2016
IMO: Lupe vs Daigo was staged, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that it brought publicity to SFV and the FGC.
— VS | Master Raven (@VSMasterRaven) February 16, 2016
Some real talk:
Lupe Fiasco just beat Daigo in Street Fighter 5.
Brb telling that girl how i feel since we live in a world where anything is possible
— Golden (@GoldenSRL) February 16, 2016
The Daigo v Lupe game is totally rigged. If it's not, then Lupe needs to stop making music and start playing Street Fighter.
— e (@eugenerino) February 16, 2016
Find yourself someone who looks at you the way Lupe Fiasco looks at Daigo pic.twitter.com/3eczzId1zD
— Rick Grayson (@IFCRicky) February 16, 2016
You can watch the fight and judge for yourself below.
Top GIF via Random Gaming [YouTube]