Capcom brought about the resurgence of the fighting game genre when they released Street Fighter IV back in 2009. From that point on wherever you found a Capcom fighting game, you also found Seth Killian. Killian acted as a “special advisor” as well as being right up there Yoshinori Ono as the face of Capcom’s staple genre. Now though, just a few months after the release of Street Fighter X Tekken, Killian will be leaving Capcom.
Seth posted thank you’s and farewells to multiple people within Capcom who were supportive of him throughout the years. The whole letter is worth reading, but the last passage aimed at the fighting game community as a whole was very poignant.
Seth Killian has been the face of Capcom fighting games since SFIV, and is an incredibly fun guy to chat with.
“And finally, to the FGC: In no uncertain terms, you have been my reason for everything,” he said in his goodbye. “A game can be incredible, but it’s the players and where they take it that elevate it into legend. Both as individuals and as a group, you have taught me more than I could have ever thought possible. Every hour on the road and every air mile towards my first million doesn’t begin to repay the debt I feel to all of you. You are a family to me. Today, the community is strong, and growing stronger. We fight, we make mistakes, we argue, and we compete but in the end we have each other. To you, I can only say ‘thank you.’ You continue to electrify the world and show the power not just of a game, but of a living, breathing community. Strive to be your best selves, to share our magic with the next generation, and above all else, take care of each other. We are a family.”
June 22, this coming Friday, will be Killian’s last day at Capcom. He gave no mention of where he’s heading, though he did say “I have chosen a new path which will let me embrace a new dream.” Whatever that dream may be, we wish him the best of luck.
John Callahan has been a fan of video games since the second he laid eyes on Mega Man X way back in 1993. Since then it's been his (let's say hobby) of choice. If you can think of a major gaming console, he has it. If you can think of a game, there's a good chance he's played it. He started a gaming website back in 2010 called Gamerzitch, left that to work at The Gamer Studio, and has now found a new home as news writer and host of the Primecast at Default Prime. He also loves Lost and Prince.
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