Last weekend, the crew from Canada Cup Gaming stormed into town to host April Duels II, easily one of the largest fighting game tournaments to ever hit the Vancouver area. Held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel in Richmond, April Duels II welcomed several professional players from the around the world, including Mago, PR Balrog and Ricky Ortiz.

We had the opportunity to interview Lapchi Duong and Troy Kirkland, the guys behind Canada Cup who organized this event, about what it took to bring April Duels II to Vancouver. We also had a talk with Jackson Dang from event sponsor Canadian Joysticks, as well as professional players like Justin Wong, Tokido, Xian and Chi Rithy, plus a brief talk with Vancouver fighting game fan Mewojin. This was certainly a lot more of a competitive environment than the BCITSA Spring LAN event, but everyone had a lot of fun and it was great for the Vancouver fighting game community.

There were a total of four tournaments: King of Fighters XIII, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012. The full tournament results can be found on HadoukenOnline.com, but briefly, Tokido took both KOF XIII and SFXT, Justin Wong won UMvC3 and Xian’s Gen won AE2012. Check out the interview video below for their thoughts, as well as the photo gallery below that.

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