Street Fighter V’s hideous in-game ads removed for now

Ryu peels the stickers off of his Gi

Capcom has removed the in-game advertising options from their flagship fighting title Street Fighter V. The controversial marketing tactic, which launched earlier this month, saw players earn very small amounts of in-game currency for allowing extra advertisements on stages, loading screens and character’s outfits.

This removal isn’t necessarily the death knell of the concept, however. The Capcom Cup 2018 took place last week and thus right now the Pro-Tour (the only thing being advertised in-game) is in something of an off-season. Producer Yoshinori Ono did make reference to the feedback received about the ads earlier this month, mentioning how the team would be looking at ways to “improve this new feature”.

Regardless, this current removal of the in-game ad system is likely more of a respite, rather than the abandoning of the idea altogether. I still stand by it being not only a tacky concept, but a horrible portent of things to come, for all competitive games, should the people allow it to pass without a fight.

Street Fighter V is available now on PS4 and PC.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.