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Coaching in the FGC

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

Years ago, before Infiltration and Laugh broke up, they were the first duo to really bring coaching to the Street Fighter scene. They were also the first people to bring in notes to the scene. It was a revolution and it spread like wildfire. But it inevitably brought up the question on if coaches should be allowed at all. Fighting games are, after all, 1-v-1 games, and finding out how to counter and adapt against your opponent is as much a skill as actually executing and adapting within the game.

There are no easy answers as no one really knows how much a coach can impact a game, and because both players can have a coach, it doesn’t seem particularly unfair. I just thought it was an interesting example of how important the identity of the individual was in the FGC scene and how coaches are widespread in other games (even 1-v-1 games like StarCraft 2), are met with such controversy here.


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