Shanghai's Fighting Game Popularity Rises: An Interview with Shanghai's UYU | DingChunQiu

A brief introduction to one of Shanghai's greatest Street Fighter V talents.

As UYU’s global reach extends, Shanghai’s Esports talent sharpens.

As one of China’s best Street Fighter V players DCQ, makes his mark on the world stage, Esports brand UYU supports him on his reign of dominance as he wins 1st place for Closed Qualifiers at Intel World Open— one of the most epic and distinguished esports tournaments in the world.

The Intel World Open will bring the best Street Fighter V and Rocket League players in the world together for an epic bout between national teams. Players from across the globe will have the chance to represent their country and fight their way to the Regional Finals through the Open and Closed Qualifier stages of the competition. The best players will then meet to play for the pride of their nation and a $250,000 prize pool per game.

I recently caught up with DCQ and chatted with him about Arcades, Fighting Games, Esports in China, and his plans for the future. See the full conversation below.

Arcade Press: Hey thanks for joining me DCQ—

Please tell our readers where you’re from…

DCQ: I am 25 years old and come from the oldest province in China, central China, Henan, but because of work, I now live in Shanghai


What games do you play professionally? Are there any you play just for fun?

DCQ: I used to be a professional player in LOL, and now I am a professional player in the fighting game SFV. I rarely play other games in private. Apart from work, I spend almost all of my energy in SFV. Occasionally I will play my company’s game, PUBG.


How long have you been playing fighting games? 

I haven't played fighting games for a long time, about 3 years.


What tournament success or win are you most proud of in your career?

I have many championships, but the most significant one is qualifying for IWO. 


Do you think the current fighting game scene is improving?

The environment of fighting games is getting better and better, but the coronavirus has destroyed some of this, but I believe that the future will get better. 


What is the fighting game scene and arcade scene like in China? It seems arcades are becoming less common.

The soul of arcade halls is fighting games, and the less young people there, the less they play fighting games. The high rent has also dealt a heavy blow to the arcade’s business, but there is a particularly well-known arcades in Shanghai, and there are also meeting places for console games. We call one of the locations "Magic 100°". It is a paradise arcade players and console players.


Why do you think Chinese players not known as much as some Korea or Japanese players?

In fact, there are many great players in China, and I think they are not inferior to some of the world-famous players. However, due to network problems and the lagging development of e-sports, many players do not get the opportunity to compete abroad, and even online battles are a luxury, so many players are not so famous in the world. However, many well-known foreign players have fully recognized the strength of Chinese players after playing against them. 


What is one of your goals for the future?

To become a fighting game champion. In the near term, Intel’s East Asia Finals and China’s CPT will be my primary goals.


We wish DCQ the best of luck!!!