A Capcom pitch video for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite‘s eSports plans meant for internal use only has been unintentionally uploaded to YouTube. The pitch video, which details a proposed Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Pro Tour including sponsorships and revenue share, has since been taken offline. Capcom has since gone to great lengths to take down reuploads, but the content of the video has already been spread far and wide.
Most importantly, this leaked video is a proposal and not a plan confirmed to be put into action. No details therein are confirmed, and Capcom has publicly spoken about the details not being final. The reasons behind Capcom putting so much effort to scour the video from the Internet likely has more to do with the video revealing what’s behind the curtain, so to speak. There are specific financial details regarding how much sponsorships cost and what they provide – as well as expected revenue from the plan shown – that Capcom definitely doesn’t want publicly visible.
However, it’s not the financial details that are the most interesting part of the video. According to the leak, Capcom is potentially planning on incorporating Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite into the Capcom Pro Tour. Currently, the Capcom Pro Tour is Street Fighter 5 specific, so the addition of a second game could effectively double the series’ scope. That’s not until 2018, however, as Capcom plans to leap into Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite eSports straight away by inviting the “Top 14” online players to 2017’s Capcom Cup finale event.
Going back to Capcom’s Pro Tour plans, it appears that they would not differ too much from what’s been done with Street Fighter 5. The tour would be funded via direct sponsorships in return for advertising and licensing for sponsor-held events, partnerships with Twitch and YouTube, title partnerships with either Sony or Microsoft, and event DLC like Street Fighter 5‘s. A majority of revenue goes directly into the event and its prize-pools, with profit being shared between Capcom Japan, Marvel, and Capcom USA itself.
Again, all details in the proposal are not final. This proposal doesn’t even involve the third parties it’s claiming are key to the plan. Capcom itself needs to sign-off on the proposal before the eSports team takes it to third parties like Sony and Microsoft, sponsors, and of course, tournament organizers. Expect official details to be released after Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite‘s release date as Capcom Cup 2017 approaches in December.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite launches on September 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.