Esports Preview: CEO 2018

So this weekend, is the latest installment of one of the largest fighting game championship tournaments in the country, CEO.  For the first time in event history, it will not be taking place in Orlando, but on the sunny shores of Daytona Beach.

To give a quick history lesson on the event, CEO (Community Effort Orlando) was started back in 2010 by Alex Jebailey, and has grown every year since then, to become one of the premier fighting game events around the world.  Attendance has grown tremendously each year, so a new event site was chosen, at the Daytona Ocean Center, to house not only the biggest CEO event yet, but also the biggest crossover in esports events ever, the CEO X New Japan Pro Wrestling event.

While the fighting game tournament kicks off around Noon on Friday June 29th, the fireworks in the squared circle will erupt that night in the 8,400 seat arena at the Daytona Ocean Center.  The event, CEOxNJPW: When World’s Collide, is a event that’s been a dream for a long time, between CEO boss, Jebailey and longtime friend, and current IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega.

If you’re interested in going, tickets are still available here.

The rest of the weekend, the fighting continues among some of the top players in the world, in games such as Street Fighter V, Dragonball FighterZ, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros.

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I’ll be there most of the weekend, taking in the hype and festivities, as well as competing in a couple of games (Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite and Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[St]).  After I get washed and go 0-4 in pools, I’ll be exploring the venue and checking out all the neat stuff there.  Bandai Namco will be there with playable demos of Soul Calibur VI, and Nintendo will also be there, with playable demos of Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, so it’s going to be an action packed weekend for sure.

A few big things about the event, is that it is a Premiere Event of the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter V, so a lot of points are on the table for competitors as they work their way through the season to reach the illustrious Capcom Cup later this year.  CEO is also the first stop on the Dragonball FighterZ World Tour, which starts in Daytona, and takes place at more events throughout the year, as players collect the Dragon Balls, to reach the final event sometime in early 2019.

For the first time in event history, the final rounds of each tournament will be played in an actual wrestling ring, in front of 8,000+ people in the Daytona Ocean Center’s arena area.  Winners of each game, will receive a full size wrestling belt for their championship win.

For more information about the event, and a full lineup of all the games being hosted at CEO, check out the official site at

Below is a Stream schedule for all the events happening at CEO, provided by CEOgaming.

For those of you attending, here’s a map of the venue.

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