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Early entrance numbers for SoCal Regionals 2014 by game - SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3, Smash, BlazBlue and more

We checked with Level|Up to find out what the early registration numbers are for the SoCal Regionals 2014, by game. With 20 titles in the lineup, we thought it'd be interesting to see which games have attracted the most players so far.

Also, an influx of users is expected to flood in a week before registration ends, on February 23, so it's highly advised that you sign up now, or risk not being able to compete in the games you wish to play — as registration is capped.

The caps for SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3 and SSBM are 256 players. KoF13, BBCP and soon Injustice will be capped at 128, so if you're interested in signing up for any of these games, you should hit the SoCal Regionals website before the brackets fill up.

Hit the jump to see the breakdown.

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Updated: Results and archive added, The Runback 2014 1.5 ft. Infrit, Maximilian, Paradigm, Alex Valle, Miniboss, Godspeed, and more

Updated: Results and archive added, The Runback 2014 1.5 ft. Infrit, Maximilian, Paradigm, Alex Valle, Miniboss, Godspeed, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Tonight, The Runback returns and is streaming live from Super Arcade in Walnut, CA. This time around, they'll be running Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue, GGAC+R and KoF13, if there are enough entrants for each.

Maximilian, 1ATK|Infrit, LU|Alex Valle, UGC|Paradigm, Hitbox|Godspeed, LxG|Miniboss, and more are expected to compete tonight.

You can follow along with the action on Level Up's Challonge website.

If you missed them, last week's results are available here. Click the link below to see the coverage.

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Spinal's Killer Instinct move list and stats page added here on EventHubs; can now select him in your profile

The first post launch character for Killer Instinct was released last week, and is now available to those who purchased the Ultra or Combo Breaker pack.

We here at EventHubs have added Spinal's official move list to our Killer Instinct guide section, so now you can use it for quick reference instead of having to keep going back to the start menu in-game.

Additionally, you can now select Spinal as one of the characters you play on you EventHubs profile. Just hit the "edit profile" link at the top of the page, find Killer Instinct, then edit your characters.

Lastly, a stats page has also been generated, so once players start listing Spinal as one of the characters they play, you'll be able to see how many of them are on the site, and near your area.

Microsoft will be announcing new 'development partner' for Killer Instinct, comments on franchise future

With yesterday's surprising news about Amazon acquiring Killer Instinct developer Double Helix, the future of the Xbox One launch title seemed uncertain at first.

Fairly soon after, our story was updated with Microsoft commenting that they were planning on continuing the franchise. Today, more details have emerged, with Microsoft publicly stating that they will soon be announcing a new development partner for the Killer Instinct franchise.

Hit the jump to find out what they had to say on the matter.

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Amazon acquires Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games, development on titles will continue

Updated: We've updated this story with some quotes from Microsoft's Phil Spencer about the future of Killer Instinct.

In a move many people probably didn't see coming, Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, has acquired Double Helix Games, the development studio behind the new Killer Instinct on Xbox One.

While Amazon's deal includes both staff and intellectual property, it's important to note that Microsoft owns the Killer Instinct franchise, as DHG were the developers on this title.

Amazon issued this short statement about the acquisition, hit the jump to continue reading.

"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovate games for customers."

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Optimized drain combo, strange re-stand setup, 13 curses in one go, crazy juggles and more - Killer Instinct Spinal tech roundup

Since the release of Killer Instinct's latest character, Spinal, many content creators have been in the lab with him trying to find the best technology.

In today's batch of videos, we have an optimized curse combo that is quite practical, a strange re-stand set up that is specific to Sabrewulf, and a combo video showing off a bit of flashiness.

If you're thinking about trying out Spinal for the first time, or just want to add some new tech to your repertoire, hit the jump to view our roundup.

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'The way I play KI is a little different; I go for optimized, guaranteed damage' - Justin Wong feels Sabrewulf is the best, talks KiT, and more

Coming off of his 1st place Killer Instinct victory at Kumite in Tennessee, Justin Wong sat down with his sponsorship team, Evil Geniuses, to talk a bit about the game.

The top 8 of KiT had 5 Sabrewulf players place, and Justin feels this is no coincidence. He says that the rabid wolf is currently the best in the game's early life, and the only character that can actively beat him is Glacius.

Justin explains that Sabrewulf is the only character that has grounded target combos, which leads to quick, unbreakable combos. While most characters in the game play more in the Street Fighter style, the Evil Geniuses member says that Sabre is a "charge character that doesn't need to charge."

"Right now, I think he's the best character in the early game. He's very easy to play. What stands out with Sabrewulf is that he is the only character able to chain his normals. Other character play more like Street Fighter characters where you do a normal into a special, but not Sabrewulf," Justin said.

"He gets easy target combos that he can cancel into super. Him being so easy is the reason I picked him in the Microsoft Tournament. He's a charge character that doesn't need to charge."

Hit the jump to read more.

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Spinal's 128-hit Ultra combo in Killer Instinct - VesperArcade demonstrate how to send a chill down your opponent's spine with this new record

Have you had a chance to try out Spinal yet, after he was added to Killer Instinct for Xbox One during th week?

In case you haven't, fear not. VesperArcade has you covered anyway, by showing you just how crazy his combos can be. Hit the jump to check out the current highest-hit combo with Spinal.

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Players being wrongfully sent to Killer Instinct's rage quit jail when opponents disconnect, Double Helix currently looking into the issue

This morning's Killer Instinct update added a new method of punishing players that rage quit. Those who have a disconnect percentage of 15% or higher are sent to a "rage quitter jail" for 24 hours in which they can only face other players who also inhabit the jail.

It has been reported by numerous users of the Double Helix Games forums that some players have been wrongly cast into rage quit jail as a result of their opponent disconnecting. One can identify if they have been sent away by the jail bar icon that replaces your custom icon next to your gamertag.

Hit the jump to read more.

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Updated: Results and archive added, The Runback 2014 1.4 ft. Clockw0rk, Infrit, Paradigm, Miniboss, Alex Valle, Cloud805, and more

Updated: Results and archive added, The Runback 2014 1.4 ft. Clockw0rk, Infrit, Paradigm, Miniboss, Alex Valle, Cloud805, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to the story.

Tonight, The Runback returns and is streaming live from Super Arcade in Walnut, CA. This time around, they'll be running Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue, GGAC+R and KoF13, if there are enough entrants for each.

BT|Clockw0rk, 1ATK|Infrit, LU|Alex Valle, UGC|Cloud805, LXG|Miniboss, Paradigm, and more are expected to compete tonight.

You can follow along with the action on Level Up's Challonge website.

If you missed them, last week's results are available here. Click the link below to see the coverage.

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Killer Instinct update now live; adds Spinal, classic costumes for Sabrewulf and Glacius, rage quitter jail, and more

The latest Killer Instinct update has gone live this morning and includes quite a bit of new content. First up, Spinal and his stage are now available to use for those who purchased the Ultra or Combo pack of the game.

Additionally, two new classic costumes can now be selected: classic Sabrewulf and Glacius. Each comes with a full set of customize-able accessories.

A number of tweaks to characters and the game itself have also been made, such as new training mode options, "rage quitter jail," and more. You can find a full list of patch notes here.

Below are some screenshots and videos of Glacius' and Sabrewulf's classic costumes, along with all of their accessories. Hit the jump to see everything.

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Killer Instinct adds 'Jail' for rage quitters, training mode position reset feature, character fixes, and more - official Spinal update patch notes

Double Helix Games' community manager FilthieRich took to the forums today in order to post the official patch notes for the upcoming Killer Instinct update containing Spinal.

This update not only adds the newest playable character, but also addresses general fixes, matchmaking improvements, character bug fixes, and more.

One of the largest additions in the upcoming patch a solution to the rage quitting issue. When a player's disconnect percentage reaches 15%, they will be put in "jail" for 24 hours, during which they can only play against other opponents also in jail.

Hit the jump to check out all of the patch notes, and read more about rage quitter jail.

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Updated: Official Spinal debut trailer, Q&A with developers, 84 hit Ultra, alternate costumes / colors, and first look at Fulgore in Killer Instinct

Updated: We've added a few screen caps of Spinal and Fulgore to the story.

The long awaited debut of Spinal is finally upon us, and IGN is providing the coverage today.

An official trailer showing the first actual gameplay footage of Spinal is now live, and in it, we see what he is capable of in Double Helix Games' KI.

Additionally, we get out first look at the 8th and final first season character, Fulgore.

Spinal will be available for download tomorrow.

Hit the jump to check out Spinal's debut trailer.


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Spinal set to debut on IGN tomorrow morning, possible stream and trailer

If you've been anxiously awaiting Spinal's reveal in the Double Helix Games' Killer Instinct, then we have good news for you.

According to IGN associate editor and fighting game enthusiast, Vincent Ingenito, KI fans can expect something Spinal related to drop on the site tomorrow morning.

Considering that this next KI character is scheduled to drop some time in January, (and there are only 2 days left in the month), there are very high chances that we'll see a debut trailer, and possibly a stream showing off what he's capable of. IGN's last Killer Instinct reveal featured Orchid and came in the form of a full-fledged stream with the developers on hand, so if we're lucky, we'll see a similar format tomorrow morning.

Hit the jump to see Vince's tweet.

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Head of Microsoft Studios calls new Killer Instinct a success, says other IPs will return

If you're curious how well the new Killer Instinct on Xbox One has performed, wonder no more. The head of Microsoft Studios, and corporate vice president, Phil Spencer left a tweet briefly addressing the new title's performance.

"Success with KI was a good sign and you'll see some more IP return," said Spencer.

The fact that Killer Instinct has performed so well that Microsoft is thinking of resurrecting some of the other IPs is definitely good news for fighting game fans, as it means there's been yet another successful title in recent memory.

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Kumite in Tennessee results, stream archive and battle logs ft. Justin Wong, Dieminion, PR Balrog, ChrisG, Ricky Ortiz, Mew2King & more

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for the Kumite in Tennessee 2014, along with stream archives and battle logs.

Kumite in Tennessee is taking place this weekend, January 24 - 26, in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be kicking off shortly.

The games being played this weekend are as follows: Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Persona 4 Arena, and Killer Instinct.

Players expected to compete include EG|Justin Wong, NYChrisG, EMP|Dieminion, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EMP|Mew2King, Kinderparty, GG|SherryJenix, MLSwear, Lil Majin, and more.

You can find the pools for each game here.

There are four different streams for this event, each handling different games, and you can find them after the jump.

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Updated: Results and archive added, The Runback 2014 1.3 ft Clockw0rk, Infrit, Alex Valle, Paradigm, Nerd Josh, LLND, and more

Updated: Results and archive added, The Runback 2014 1.3 ft Clockw0rk, Infrit, Alex Valle, Paradigm, Nerd Josh, LLND, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to the story.

Tonight, The Runback returns and is streaming live from Super Arcade in Walnut, CA. This time around, they'll be running Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue, GGAC+R and KoF13, if there are enough entrants for each.

BT|Clockw0rk, 1ATK|Infrit, TS|Nerd Josh, LU|Alex Valle, UGC|Paradigm, LLND, Royal Flush, and more are expected to compete tonight.

You can follow along with the action on Level Up's Challonge website.

If you missed them, last week's results are available here. Click the link below to see the coverage.

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