Tekken prodigy Genki “Gen” Kumisaka has recently earned the title of champion at the first-ever Red Bull Kumite Tekken championship. Gen held his own against the best in the world and put his skill and composure on display. $15,000 made up the prize pool, of which $6,500 went right into Gen’s pockets.
Dominating almost every online tournament this year, this did not come as a surprise victory for Gen. Some had concerns about him not playing offline in over two years, but those worries were put to rest in style. This is a huge boost for the Tekken scene in Japan.
Gen found himself up against Knee, many of who consider being the best Tekken player in the world. The finals were back and forth, going into round 6 at 3-2 with Gen at the advantage. Knee made an uncharacteristic switch to Devil but it wasn’t enough to throw Gen off. Two clean sweeps from Gen punctuated his dominant finals run and secured his spot as champion.
“Showing that Japan is a strong region in Tekken is something I’m very proud of”, said Gen. “especially since I beat someone like Knee. He’s just one of those players that you see winning all the time, so me proving that it’s possible to defeat him is great.”
The 20-year-old Japanese star is cemented as a force to be reckoned with in the Tekken scene. We can’t wait to see what he does next!
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