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This is Steve Arhancet. I am the co-CEO for Team Liquid and I've got some exciting news. At this moment, while we are cutting the ribbon on our new Alienware Training Facility in Los Angeles, Team Liquid is entering the global world of esports through the Fighting Game Community in Japan.

To kick things off, we are announcing a 2-year contract with Nemo, a veteran of the Fighting Game Community. He is a player that has currently been playing for Alienware and he will now be waving the Team Liquid banner. We couldn't be more excited to have such a well-recognized, championship-winning player associated with the Team Liquid brand.

In addition, we are also signing John Takeuchi -- a young, hungry fighting game player that shows a lot of promise. We are really excited about having him playing under the Team Liquid roster. John and Nemo will be our first step into Japanese esports. We will be providing Nemo and John the access and the ability to go and compete in as many international events as possible, provided with the resources through Alienware and Team Liquid.

We'll see you soon and #LETSGOLIQUID.

ジョンを会う Meet John
ネモを会う Meet Nemo
Watch the Show Match
on March 11th
showmatch location

Meet and Greet in Japan

To introduce our new players, we will be having a community event on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM JST (+9 UTC) or 9:00 PM PST (-8 UTC). The community event will be held at the Alienware Akihabara store, and will be open to all fans of esports, FGC, Nemo and John Takeuchi, and of course, Team Liquid.

We will be holding a showmatch between Nemo and John Takeuchi, and fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win Team Liquid swag and merch. Our two new players will be there to interact, sign autographs, and have fun with the fans.

The whole event will be streamed live on site via our partners at TwitchTV Japan on the channel alienware_jp

The Alienware Akiba Store is located at Akihabara Nomura building 2F
14-7 Sotokanda 1 chome, Chiyoda-ward
Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan

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Ryota Takeuchi
高大 旋風


Main: RashidAge: 19高大 旋風 - The Magnificent Whirlwind

With every iteration of Street Fighter, some of the old guard fall off and new blood steps into the spotlight. One of the most fascinating things about games with such long histories is watching the ebb and flow of talent. Street Fighter V is no different, and Ryota ‘John Takeuchi’ Takeuchi is the latest young star to break out into the scene.

In truth, Takeuchi had no intentions of becoming a star or to play professionally. The young architecture student started playing just like you or me — because his friends played. In just 2 years time, he has accomplished things beyond his wildest dreams on the way to becoming an international sensation.

Takeuchi had a shockingly fast start to his career. At only 18 years old he started finding success online and at various local events. Within 4 months of Street Fighter V’s release, he was already beginning to put up impressive results at competitive tournaments full of well-known professionals. This made the community take notice and he became a fan favorite not just for his fast paced, exciting playstyle but for his out of game personality. Takeuchi breaks the mold: he has fun pop-offs, poses like his main character Rashid, dances on stage, poses for the cameras, the works. These antics led to his first big break.

Fast forward to September 2016, and Takeuchi won a reddit community vote to get a crowd funded trip to the Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event ‘First Attack’ held in Puerto Rico. This was the first time Takeuchi had ever traveled or competed internationally. You could say the event went well. Jet lag? He didn’t care. New environment? Whatever. Takeuchi steamrolled the event, winning in spectacular fashion, all the while exhibiting that lovable personality he’d become known for in the first place.

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Naoki Nemoto


Main: UrienAge: 33修羅の社長 - The Boss of Chaos

Few players in the history of Street Fighter strike fear in their opponents the way Naoki ‘Nemo’ Nemoto can. If Nemo is in your path, it’s nearly impossible to prepare. You can study the match-up — Rolento in SF4, Urien in SFV — but you cannot prepare for Nemo. He is chaos. He is a maelstrom that leaves you bewildered by what you see. He uses this moment of hesitation to strike fast and decisively, and few are lucky enough to weather the storm and best him.

You can tell by Nemo’s playstyle that he has a history in the ultra competitive Japanese arcade scene. Most arcade cabs are 1 game and win or pay up, and this environment breeds a certain style of ‘win at all costs’ gameplay. ‘1 game gimmicks’ ensure you don’t drain your wallet the moment you sit down, and novice players never get past this point in their playing careers. They struggle in the tournament scene where the strong fundamental players find ways to exploit these risks in longer sets. This is what makes Nemo special. He has all the fundamentals required for high level play, with the tricky setplay gimmicks you simply can’t believe. The way he weaves together playstyles to disrupt the flow of the game is what drives competitors crazy and spectators wild.