Not only can Shaq ball – he’s a formidable opponent in Street Fighter V. But just like it was in last year’s ELEAGUE charity SFV tournament, his path to victory won’t be easy. Standing in his way will be his arch-rival and former pro wrestler Natalie Eva Marie.
In 2017, Shaq pulled off the controversial upset over Marie to win the tournament (with a little help from ELEAGUE’s Tasty Steve). And the highlight of this year’s celebrity showdown charity event is surely the anticipated rematch between the two avid Street Fighter players. World Series champ Jimmy Rollins and 13-year NBA vet Baron Davis will round out the field.
However, these celebs won’t just be competing for bragging rights for an entire year, they’ll also be competing for their favorite charities. The winner will receive the majority of the showdown’s prize pool for their charity of choice.
Here are the charities each player will be supporting in the showdown:
The one-night tournament will be single-elimination and feature two first-round matches and a winner’s match to wrap things up. Analysis of the celebrity showdown will be provided by ELEAGUE staples Steve «Tasty Steve» Scott, Zhi «Zhieeep» Liang Chew, Stephen «Sajam» Lyon, and Reepal «Rip» Parbhoo. Josh Gray will emcee the tournament.
Tune in to TBS tomorrow night, Friday, June 29, at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT to catch all the action. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on ELEAGUE and Street Fighter V as it develops.