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The Iron Fist of Winnipeg: When a fighting game champion comes to town

Growing up in the Philippines, Eumir Enriquez used fighting games to connect with friends. But when he moved to Winnipeg, he didn't know where to go.

When Eumir Enriquez moved to Canada from the Philippines, he needed to find challengers

Growing up in the Philippines, Eumir Enriquez used fighting games to connect with friends. But when he moved to Winnipeg, he didn't know where to go. That's when he found Chip Damage. 3:39
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Growing up in the Philippines, Eumir Enriquez could often be found at his neighbourhood arcade. He'd spend hours at the local mall, hanging out with friends and playing fighting games. This was Eumir's way of connecting with others and building friendships.

There was one game in particular that he would always return to — Tekken, an over-the-top fighting franchise from Japan.  

Game after game, year after year, Eumir trained his reflexes and sharpened his strategy. Eventually, he became one of the top Tekken players in the entire country. 

But then, he moved to Winnipeg. 

Finding fighting games 

Coming to Canada was a culture shock, not least because the arcade culture in Winnipeg is different from that of the Philippines. Dedicated fighting game machines are few and far between.

So without one single Tekken machine in the entire city, where does a champion find competitors?

Chip Damage, that's where.

Eumir Enriquez at Chip Damage, a regular Winnipeg meetup for fighting game enthusiasts. (Craig Guiboche)

After searching high and low for friends that shared his love of fighting games, Eumir had almost given up. But then, a co-worker invited him to join the community of local enthusiasts.

To see Eumir — the Iron Fist of Winnipeg — in action at a recent Chip Damage competition, watch the video above!