[Jul 14, 2012] SBO UMVC3 Southwest Qualifiers @ Arcade UFO (Austin, TX)

We will proudly be hosting the official *Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 *Southwest US Region Qualifiers for
Super Battle Opera 2012, the 10th Annual Arcadia Cup tournament and the most prestigious fighting game event in the world.


We will be providing TWO spots for UMVC3 at SBO, which will be determined by two separate double-elimination tournaments!

Live Stream

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 (Tournament 1)
Sunday, July 15th, 2012 (Tournament 2)

Registration Begins: 1:00PM each day
Registration Ends: 2:00PM each day
Tournament Begins: 2:00PM each day

Arcade UFO
3101 Speedway
Austin, TX 78705
Closest Airport: AUS (Austin Bergstrom Int’l Airport)
13 miles from airport, 20 minutes by car, 30+ minutes in traffic.
53 minutes by bus.
Public transportation is available (Capital Metro Buses), but slow. We recommend a car rental.

Closest Hotels
(1.0 mile away, 20 minutes by foot):
Rodeway Inn / University:
Rate: ~$70/night. Check site for exact rates. Book early.

(1.0 mile away, 20 minutes by foot):
Days Inn / University:
Rate: ~$75/night. Check site for exact rates. Book early.

[SIZE=13px]Downtown Hotels[/SIZE]
(~3 miles away, walking distance from famous “6th Street” bar/party district):
La Quinta Capitol:
Rate: ~$120/night

Just Google “downtown Austin hotels” for more choices, there are more options but most of them are more expensive!


All registration will be on-site before the event begins. There is no online registration or pre-registering for this event.
A U.S. Passport is required to travel to Japan. It is recommended that you apply for a Passport NOW if you are attending this event. Expediting a Passport request costs MORE MONEY, so you will save by doing it now!
For More Information:
How to get a U.S. Passport in a Hurry
U.S. Passport Processing Times

To participate in the SBO Qualifier event, you must be a U.S. Citizens. Non-U.S. Citizens are not permitted to enter. You will need a U.S. Passport to travel to Japan if you win the SBO Qualifier. If you make it to Grand Finals and do not yet have a Passport, we will discuss your options for acquiring one in time for SBO. Otherwise, your spot may go to the 2nd place finisher.

SBO Finals is on August 4th and 5th, 2012, so you MUST be available this week to travel to Japan if you win!

Registration Fee
$30 per player - Entry guarantees your spot for BOTH tournaments
Prize: SBO Spot + 50% cost of a round-trip ticket to Japan from a major U.S. Airport of your choosing.

You MUST furnish the other 50% of travel funds yourself.
No pot split; entry fees will help sponsor the winning player’s plane tickets.

General Rules:

  • The winning player of each tournament will gain entry into the final bracket of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 at Super Battle Opera 2012, and will have both winners’ plane tickets will be 50% sponsored by Arcade UFO. You must take a round trip flight from the U.S., departing from and arriving back to one major U.S. airport of your choice. The flight will be to and from Narita Airport (Tokyo).
  • Only the winning players will be granted this privilege, and the winning players must be available for the week of SBO to travel to the event and represent the USA.
  • SBO is taking place this year on August 4th & 5th, 2012, in Narita, Chiba-ken (very close to the airport, 45 minutes away from Tokyo by train). Remember to take the time difference and travel time into consideration.
  • If you cause physical damage to any machine at Arcade UFO in any way for any reason (beating on machine/control panels) or are extremely rude or unreasonable beyond control, you will be ejected from the tournament and venue with no refund.
  • In the case of a joystick or button malfunction, you must report the malfunction DURING THE ROUND MATCH. Once a round is over, it’s done.
  • If a joystick or button malfunction is reported, it will be tested thoroughly. If there is determined to be an issue, the machine will be repaired promptly and the match will be replayed. If there are determined to be no issues, you will be awarded a loss for the match. All rulings will be final.
  • We will assist the winning players in locating housing in Japan (at their expense, if necessary), and I will accompany you on your trip as an interpreter.

Saturday, July 14th

12:00PM: Arcade Opens
1:00PM: Registration for UMVC3 SBO Qualifier Tournament 1

Start - 2:00PM sharp
[SIZE=15px][FONT=Helvetica][SIZE=13px][FONT=Verdana]Format: Double Elimination bracket, best 2/3 matches (NO 3/5, not even in Grand Finals, as we believe SBO will not follow this format)[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE]
In Grand Finals, the losing player must defeat the undefeated player twice.

Sunday, July 14th

12:00PM: Arcade Opens
1:00PM: Registration for UMVC3 SBO Qualifier Tournament 2

Start - 2:00PM sharp
Format: Double Elimination bracket, best 2/3 matches (NO 3/5, not even in Grand Finals, as we believe SBO will not follow this format)
In Grand Finals, the losing player must defeat the undefeated player twice.

We will use challonge.com to generate an unbiased, random tournament bracket. The bracket will be generated completely randomly; no “do-overs”, no seeding, no floating brackets, no shadiness.

  • Arcade version on head-to-head Delta HD Cabinets (16:9 aspect ratio, no lag).

  • Built-in Joysticks are Sanwa JLF-TP-8Y, buttons are Sanwa OSBF-30.

  • You may optionally hook up your own PS3 pad or PS3 Joystick.

  • We’re not sure if character/team switching will be allowed yet. We are awaiting a ruling from SBO.

  • Further details may be added later.

See you guys at Arcade UFO! Come hungry! Post up if you have any questions at all.

Let the games begin. Our turn to invade their territory. Looking forward to getting through the pay per view system for the actual Japanese SBO stream… Unless they feel generous with a free stream.

Bump who all is going this weekend?


Me! And a few certain other Houstonites. :3