East London Fighters announces closure: ‘All good things must come to an end’

East London Fighters

UK fighting game community (FGC) tournament organiser East London Fighters is shutting down operations, the group has announced.

Its last event will be The Final Fight taking place in May 2023, which we’ve detailed further into this article.

East London Fighters (aka ELF) made the announcement on Twitter.

The group said in a statement: “It’s with a heavy heart that we must announce the closure of ELF. Since 2016, we have come together to share the joy that are fighting games, making friends and sharpening our skills.

“We have seen countless players come and go, from beginners to veterans, and we had the honour of having you all be a part of this community.

“Unfortunately, due to a range of reasons, we have come to a decision to close our doors. It’s never easy to say goodbye to something that was such a massive part of all of our lives, but we feel that we’re at a good point to end this project on.”

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“That said, we’re not going out without a bang. We’ll be hosting one final event on the final weekend of May. Please join us for ELF – The Final Fight.”

East London Fighters has run offline events including Fighting Friday, Revolver and more, plus online tournaments including TNT.

The news comes a few months after grassroots fighting game tournament operator, Celtic Throwdown, closed down.

East London Fighters last event detailed: The Final Fight

East London Fighters’ last event will be The Final Fight from May 27th to 28th 2023, a farewell tournament taking place at 199 Eade Rd, Harringay Warehouse District, London N4 1DN, UK.

The Saturday will feature a Tekken dojo and the Sunday will be an SNK day.

“After 6+ years of running events, we’ll be sadly closing our doors. But not until we give you something to remember us by!” East London Fighters said on the event’s Start.gg page.

“Whether you’re a seasoned player, looking for a place to shine, a new player hoping to make your offline debut, or a wondering warrior looking for a challenge, this is the time to come down and compete!

“TWT 2023 Points will be on the line for the Tekken 7 tournament.”

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