Zeveron signs Kazunoko

by Daniel Rosen Jul 10 2015
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Zeveron has signed Ultra Street Fighter IV player Ryota "Kazunoko" Inoue for one year.

Kazunoko, who recently qualified for the Capcom Cup 2015 at CEO, is one of the top Ultra Street Fighter IV players in the world. Kazunoko is currently fourth in the Capcom Pro Tour standings, between Seonwoo "Infiltration" Lee, and Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi.

Kazunoko's contract with Zeveron will last one year, and includes monthly salary and travel support for the Japan-based player.

"As a long time fan of fighting games, I have enjoyed watching Kazunoko's matches whenever I could. I was honestly surprised he had not been picked up earlier, and we wanted to make sure he was taken care of," said Jeffrey Suddarth, co-founder of Zeveron, in a statement given to theScore eSports. "A lot of people are worried about the longevity and care of Kazunoko, and we completely understand."

"I'm extremely excited to be picking up such a strong player, and look forward to working with Kazunoko and the fighting game community."

Kazunoko plays Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- as well, which he also won at CEO 2015.

Kazunoko is considered one of the strongest Yun players in Ultra Street Fighter IV, and has continued to play the character despite his nerfs following the character's dominating presence in Street Fighter IV AE.

In 2015, Kazunoko has come in second at Canada Cup, Shadowloo Showdown 6 and the SXSW Invitational. Two of those second place finishes were due to losses handed to him by Evil Geniuses' Yusuke "Momochi" Momochi, last year's Capcom Cup champion.

Kazunoko's first American major with Zeveron will be EVO 2015, from July 17-19. Kazunoko is in the same EVO quarterfinals group as Ohnuki "Nuki" Shinya, one of the five "Japanese fighting game gods".

Daniel Rosen is a writer for theScore eSports. He never played Yang, but he does play Evil Ryu, and let's face it, that's basically just as bad. You can follow him on Twitter.