How PC became the unlikely home of fighting games


When someone says “fighting games,” what do you think of? arcades? franchise like street fighter, Mortal Kombator Tekken? Maybe a fightstick or specialized controllers like the hitbox? Big tournaments like EVO? All of that would make sense. But what you might not associate fighting games with is the PC.

That would have made sense for a long time. Fighting games were something you played on consoles. Often, big series like Tekken and Street Fighter weren’t even released on PC. When they did, they were usually paralyzed by things like the mandatory games for Windows Live integration. And of course you probably want a controller to play one, not a keyboard. The PC had a lot against it when it came to fighting games.