Capcom Pro Tour 2023 Japan Postponed: Latest SFVI Patch Causing Synchronisation Issues
The Capcom Pro Tour 2023 Japan regional tournament, meant to take place the forthcoming weekend, has been postponed due to synchronization issues caused by the latest Street Fighter VI patch, released at the conclusion of April. The delay was announced today, with Capcom reps citing the ‘unpredictability’ of the online tournaments as a reason.
Players participating in the tournaments will be reimbursed for their withheld registration fees. The event will take place at a later date to be determined, likely as a physical tournament.* Until then, players are encouraged to practice and improve their skills via virtual matchups.
The synchronization issues stem from a conflict between the latest Street Fighter VI patch and its predecessor, compounded by the relatively unstable netcode utilized by the game for online matchups. The desperation of tournament organizers contributed to the decision to postpone, which was both to consider the players’ interests as well as guarantee a predictable tournament.
While simultaneouse tournaments can still be run without problems, the Capcom Pro Tour infrastructure requires exact synchronised timing for global tournaments. Errors in the synchronisation of global tournaments can be career-damaging for previously rising prospects, as points awarded in global tournaments are utilized to decide seeding for next year’s tournament.
Capcom has yet to announce when the postponed tournament will be held. Until then, players are advised to practice offline, and prepare for any online matchup they may encounter. Versions of the game running on stable versions of firmware are least likely to experience any tech-derived issues.
*COVID restrictions pending.