The Theory That The Lupe Vs. Daigo Fight Was Staged

The Theory That the Lupe vs. Daigo Fight Was Staged

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."

(Kotaku also reached out to Capcom and Daigo's spokesperson, but haven't heard back yet.)

Hrm...

Others thought it was the real deal.

The Theory That the Lupe vs. Daigo Fight Was Staged

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Some weren't sure what to think.

The Theory That the Lupe vs. Daigo Fight Was Staged

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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.

The Theory That the Lupe vs. Daigo Fight Was Staged

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The Theory That the Lupe vs. Daigo Fight Was Staged

[Via EventHubs]

The Theory That the Lupe vs. Daigo Fight Was Staged

[Via EventHubs]

Some people thought the most important thing is that the fight will help the fighting game community grow even more.

Some real talk:

And finally:

You can watch the fight and judge for yourself below.

Top GIF via Random Gaming [YouTube]


Comments

    Seriously... could madcatz not have posted a better pic then that one? lol

    Is Daigo so much of a god in FGC circles that the idea that he can't be beat spawns stupid theories like this?

      Yes.
      His space control is unreal. The only way I could see this being real is if Daigo hasn't played SFV before.

    If it was staged then surely Daigo would have won. He's still the poster boy for Street Fighter tournaments, so giving him the first, official victory would have made more sense.

      unless the idea was to create social commentary. In which case a shock upset will get spoken about a lot more than an expected win.

    Does Lupe actually have a rep in the gaming circles or was this just a big media thing with a celeb vs a gaming celeb type thing?

    After watching the match I'm convinced it was either staged or Daigo threw the match on purpose. Didn't expect it to be so painfully obvious though...

    Another article full of twitter comments (and three small paragraphs)

    For those who know, can someone explain what "sandbagging" is? I would have thought at the bare minimum Kotaku could explain that to us... considering all the twitter comments you managed to post in one 'article'

    Lol anyone who has watched more than a few daigo fights could see he was playing half assed. POSSIBLY a combination of jetlag/unfamiliarity with SF5/the fact it wasnt a tournament could explain it....but theres a reason the beast is basically considered the michael jordan of fighting games.

    The Theory That pretty much all matches of every sport with colossal amounts of money involved are rigged in some way.

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