Ryan ‘Filipino Champ’ Ramirez is making some changes to his sponsors and the games in his roster.
Since Marvel’s player base declined FChamp is moving on to other games.
FChamp says he’s a big MvC fan and he loves the game but, the overall verdict is the public doesn’t like it.
“I wasn’t surprised after seeing the reviews of the poor roster and graphics,” he said
FChamp said he predicted Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite not getting any love due to how it is treated at Capcom Cup. He continues to say Capcom and Marvel couldn’t agree on anything based off history. For example, Marvel vs Capcom 3 was the number one game during 2012 to 2014 according to EVO entry numbers. Marvel seemed to reach the eyes of players that were bored of watching Street Fighter IV. That changed when Street Fighter V premiered. Marvel is also having lots of conflicts with the movies, plus they couldn’t patch the bugs in the game.
“Marvel isn’t an esports game.” Said FChamp, “I’m an esports player. I have to play games that [are] relevant.”
An esports player’s job is to play games for massive crowds, get major hype for amazing gameplay and bring in the sponsors which equals money. FChamp said he’s an esports player for the money, not for fun.
“I don’t want to play a game that’s not supported by the developer or the league.” He recalls a time when everyone would ask, ‘When’s Mahvel?’ because it was the hypest game at EVO and now it’s not even featured on the top stage in 2018’s EVO.
Rising Thunder is F Champ’s Main Game
FChamp is adding Rising Thunder to his roster. In March of 2016 Riot Games acquired the fighting game Rising Thunder in it’s beta alpha phase. It is a free-to-play fighting game started by Radiant Entertainment and finished by Riot Games. Rising Thunder’s gameplay and similar mechanics makes it familiar to League of Legends players as each special effect has a cooldown period. In traditional fighting games, rapidly stringing together attacks will create great damage and as fast as you can push the buttons the better your chances to win.
Since Marvel is falling off, FChamp decides to go back to his roots. His love for Real Time Strategy games is why Rising Thunder catches his eye. He’s doing amazing in the Rising Thunder online tournaments.
“I’m the best at Rising Thunder and I won every [online] tournament.”
FChamp won the last two tournaments in March and February. He’s looking forward to the League of Legends version of Rising Thunder. Although Riot Games hasn’t officially confirmed that they are making a fighting game, FChamp is hopeful they’ll combine his love for real time strategy games and fighting games.
After winning over 500 tournaments in the span of 10 years FChamp is looking for his next game to conquer and he’s hoping it is a fighting game by Riot Games. He delves into letting Marvel go.
F Champ is a free agent
Not only is FChamp looking for a new game but he’s also looking for more opportunities within the world of esports.
He’s been with his former sponsor Splyce for about a year and before them he was crushing the scene with Panda Gaming. In total, FChamp has been sponsored for over 10 years.
“I have a very good relationship with Splyce – never burned a bridge with anyone,” said FChamp.
His contract ended, and he decided he wanted to delve deeper into the esports scene. He’s a competitor and a darn good one, but there must be other things such as sponsorships, commercials, panels and meet and greets. Maximizing himself and extending the platform is his next plan.
“I’ve been a part of charity events, video appearances, online stuff, tv appearances – those aren’t related to competition and I’d love to do more [of it].”
He’s expressed Splyce doesn’t want to focus on fighting games and they both wanted to grow in other areas.
FChamp is a PC player and never owned a console until he started playing and competing in fighting games.
“I’ve always been a PC guy. I’d like to take my talent there,” said FChamp.
Switching from title to title within the Fighting Game genre FChamp expressed that he can play game, all it takes is time.
“The psychology of fight games is similar…” said FChamp. “…but, I just gotta practice”
If Riot Games doesn’t release a fighting game, then he’s still set on looking at adding other games to his roster; maybe it would be Dragon Ball FighterZ.