We’ve all seen fighting game tournaments take place in hotel ballrooms, giant esports arenas, and even an Olympic stadium or two, but what about a true World Heritage Site? built thousands of years ago?
The 2021 Red Bull Gladiators pulled off something special this weekend by hosting their Guilty Gear Strive tournament in a Roman Empire-era theater, and the show is definitely something to see.
While the energy drink company is generally known for its big-budget gaming event productions, it’s something else.
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Some of Strive’s top players across Europe were escorted onto the Stone Stage by men dressed as gladiators to compete in a Guilty Gear where the ancient Romans would go watch their own plays.
Mystic, BarryBones, Alioune, Oplon | Skyll, MGF | KenDeep, RL | Uriel, Dan (dy) and WIZ | GenisGod managed to climb into the top 8 to compete with a backdrop of statues and columns built as early as 15 BCE, which must have been a surreal feeling to participate.
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The action itself was also excellent with Dan (dy) working with Goldlewis, Alioune showing what his Millia is capable of, and KenDeep against GenisGod boiling down to a wild match nine in a first-to-five set.
Red Bull lit up the Roman Theater in Mérida with its iconic red and blue lights as the crowds sang for their favorite fighting warriors, which certainly adds to the atmosphere.
This cool event is one that the contestants will probably never forget and in a way, wrestles games into world history.
We recommend that you check out the full special event on Red Bull Spain’s Twitch archive. We’ve also included the final results below, which obviously contain spoilers if you plan to watch on your own and want to be surprised.
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1. OP | Skyll (Sol)
2. MGF | KenDeep (I-No)
3. RL | Uriel (Nagoriyuki)
3. Mystic (Axl)
5. BarryBones (Axl)
5. Dan (dy) (Goldlewis)
5. Alioune (Millia)
5. WIZ | GenisGod (Ramlethal)
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