Soldiers take to virtual streets to display video fighting skills

Sgt. Kalyntae Williams, top, and Sgt. Deveon Landfair, soldiers with the Army's Second Cavalry Regiment, play the final round of Street Fighter V, at the E-game tournament at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, July 28, 2018. Williams beat Landfair, and will now be traveling to Seattle to compete in the PAX West Gaming Convention.


By MARTIN EGNASH | Stars and Stripes | Published: July 29, 2018

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany – The Army hosted Street Fighter V tournaments at eight installations around the world Saturday in an effort to jump in on the electronic sports craze.

Street Fighter V is a 2-D fighting game in which two fighters use a variety of attacks and special abilities to knock out their opponents.

Soldiers who won the matches at each base were awarded round-trip airfare to Seattle, along with lodging, to compete live and onstage at the PAX West Gaming Convention in Seattle, held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. Competitions were held in the states at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Gordon, Ga., Joint Base Lewis-­McChord, Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Riley, Kan., and overseas at USAG Humphreys, South Korea, and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.

Kalyntae Williams, a fire control specialist with the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment, won the tournament at Grafenwöhr, using a variety of characters and techniques, including classic Street Fighter alum, Blanka, to defeat each opponent in the competition.

Williams went undefeated in the tournament.

“I play the game a lot, it just comes second nature to me,” Williams said.

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Soldiers play Street Fighter V at an E-Game tournament at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, July 28, 2018.

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