Continuing our series of interviews with Scottish esports players, this week we chatted to former Fnatic SFV and Scottish FGC (Fighting Game Community) player Suleymon.
Hello Suleymon, please introduce yourself.
My name’s Assad. I’ve been playing Competitive Street Fighter V through the Capcom Pro Tour and the Gfinity Elite Series for about 3 years and a bit now.
Tell us about your journey as an esports player.
Been playing Fighting Games for as long as I can remember man! Pretty sure my first games were Tekken 3 and Street Fighter Alpha 3 back on the PS1. However I only just started to properly learn fighting games round about the end of the Street Fighter 4 days. The first fighting game I was consistently attending locals for was Mortal Kombat X. As SF4 was at the end of its cycle and SFV wasn’t out yet this was the most popular scene at the time.
Once SFV came out however MKX kind of got benched as I pretty much just prioritised SFV for all future tournaments. I’d make an effort to travel when I can whether it be a monthly or a CPT although university and work commitments would make it difficult every now and then. As of now, I’ve been able to attend a lot more tournaments in different scenes and when the Capcom Pro Tour season starts events outside of the UK are looking to be the main priority.
What does being part of Scottish FGC mean to you?
Well for me there’s two key aspects of the Scottish FGC which is the social aspect involving just being around friendly people who share your passion for fighting games and constantly working together to build an inclusive and diverse community. Then there’s the competitive aspect as at the end of the day it’s a head to head activity so everyone is trying to be the best player in whatever division they’re after whether it be best in their local scene or straight up best in the region.
What do you think of the current state of Scottish FGC especially SFV? Do you see the scene growing?
I think it’s currently the best it’s ever been since SFV came out. For a good while it used to just be Reset Aberdeen that had the most active scene for SFV however recently the guys at Burn 2 Fight Glasgow have been doing amazing work at The Summoner’s with the Tekken 7 scene here as well as reviving the SFV scene to the point of rivalling that of Aberdeen’s. When you also consider the guys at Rushdown Edinburgh and the great work they’re doing over at Konbo the future looks extremely bright for the Scottish FGC.
What is your most memorable moment as an esports player?
My most memorable moment would be making top 8 at Celtic Throwdown back in 2017. This was my third CPT and considering I’d failed to get out of the pool stage for the only other two events I entered, making it out and then getting top 8 was a really proud moment for myself. Had you told me 3 years ago I’d end up placing higher than Daigo at a Street Fighter tournament I’d have laughed in your face!
What advice would you give to players looking to get involved in the FGC?
Don’t get discouraged by the competition! It’s something I hear too often, “I’m not good enough to come to locals/monthlies/majors” travelling is the most important part of getting involved. I still have memories of going to locals and majors and just getting beat 30 times in a row by more experienced players on the casual setups. We’ve all been there once, getting bodied is part of the experience!
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us Suleymon. We wish you all the best for the future! Do you have any final words or shoutouts you’d like to give?
Cover photo courtesy of Ben Brotherton