Sweep On, Sweep Off
OSAKA, JAPAN - Video game giant Capcom ($CCOEF) is seeking to up the ante on its Street Fighter franchise by hoping to ink a deal with Duke's Grayson Allen once he decides to leave for the NBA or his collegiate eligibility expires.
With the video game market worth nearly $100B annually, game developers are constantly developing new and innovative methods of attracting gamers. Capcom, one of the pioneers in head-to-head fighting games, is looking to expand the realism of its Street Fighter property through the use of new motion-capture technologies.
Kenzo Tsujimoto, CEO of Capcom, announced that he was impressed with the skill and agility of Grayson Allen's many ashi-barai leg sweeps that have resulted in the star guard riding the pine indefinitely for the Duke Blue Devils.
"The leg sweep is an important offensive and defensive move in Street Fighter," said Tsujimoto. "We have been impressed with the discipline Grayson Allen has shown as he has consistently knocked his opponents to the ground with the ashi-barai. Once Mr. Allen is able to sign a deal, we will aggressively pursue him as a model for many of our characters' leg sweep moves."
Standing in the way of a potentially multi-million dollar deal are strict guidelines that NCAA athletes have to follow in order to maintain their eligibility to play collegiate sports.
"Grayson is really a great kid," said Duke Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. "It's a shame that there was so much pressure on me to suspend him or I would have done nothing as usual."
Mortal Kombat To Counter Capcom's Offer
Not wanting to miss out on this great opportunity, Diane Nelson, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, announced that many of her Mortal Kombat game developers have petitioned to have Grayson Allen's above tantrum included as a 'Babality' in the next installment of the long-running fighting game, a direct competitor to Capcom's Street Fighter property.
"We're going to go for it," Nelson said. "Grayson Allen's tantrum would fit in perfectly with what we're trying to do with 'Babalities'.
Capcom Hints At Backup Plan
Tsujimoto is reportedly concerned about being outbid for Grayson and has hatched a back-up plan in case the future deal falls through.
"Just like our competitor, we have a lot of successful properties," said Tsujimoto. "One of them is Resident Evil, the most successful horror game franchise the world has ever known. Sure, the games have gotten crappier and the movies are total garbage, but they make lots of money for our investors."
Tsujimoto went on to laud Coach Krzyzewski for his legendary career and his resemblance to the zombies featured in Resident Evil games and movies.
"Ultimately, we would like to sign Coach Krzyzewski to perform motion capture for the new 'Spitting Zombie'," said Tsujimoto. "This foul creature has an unpleasant disposition and spits venom at the game's protagonists. The best part is that we don't have to wait for anything. Coaches can make as much money as they want while the players perform for free."
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