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Evo 2018 Street Fighter V Champion Problem X Talks New Characters, Learning From The Greats, and His Personal Motivations


Benjamin “Problem X” Simon made history in more ways than one last Sunday night. Not only is he the latest world champion of Street Fighter V after winning this year’s Evolution Championship Series tournament, but he’s the first person outside of Japan to do so in Street Fighter V, and the first person from the UK to ever hold the title in the Street Fighter series at large.

We caught up with Simon shortly after his win to talk about his history with Street Fighter, who inspired him to play in the first place, regional pride, and which of the two new characters he’s most interested in trying.

Overall, how are you feeling about your performance here? Obviously, I know it’s a bit of a loaded question, but…
It’s still all trying to sink in, but I’m very happy to have won Evo 2018. I practiced really, really, really hard for this tournament, and I said to all of my friends that this year I want to win Evo because I have done well at everything else – ranking events, premieres, I did well at Eleague, got top eight at Capcom Cup – but every year at Evo, something happens. I always have a bad Evo. So I really focused for the tournament, so it means extra to me.

You’ve been around Street Fighter V for a while, but how long would you say your Street Fighter career has been?
About seven years. I traveled to Canada Cup 2011, that was when I started.

That was around Street Fighter IV, right?
Yeah.