|Born||April 11, 1978|
|Current team||Level Up|
|Games||Super Street Fighter II Turbo|
Street Fighter Alpha
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Street Fighter III: New Generation
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact
Virtua Fighter 3
Marvel vs. Capcom
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Tekken Tag Tournament
Capcom vs. SNK 2
Hyper Street Fighter II
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Mortal Kombat 9
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012
Street Fighter X Tekken
Persona 4 Arena
Ultra Street Fighter IV
|Nickname(s)||LU Alex Valle, CaliPower, Mr. Street Fighter|
Alex Valle (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbaʎe]; born April 11, 1978), also known as CaliPower and Mr. Street Fighter, is a Peruvian American professional fighting game player. Valle is mainly a Ryu specialist and is considered one of the most influential people within the fighting game community.
The first tournament Valle entered was an original Street Fighter II tourney using Ken, in which he lost to a Guile and a Dhalsim player.[when?] Valle's original competition was John "Choiboy" Choi and Mike "Watts" Watson. He was also the first American to ever face against Daigo Umehara in a tournament: the Street Fighter Alpha 3 World Championships in 1998. In the tournament, Valle lost to Umehara in an outstanding comeback. From 2002 to 2010, Valle has had 10 Top 8 performances  Valle is known for innovating the "Valle CC (Custom Combo)" which was his key to winning the Battle By the Bay Street Fighter Alpha 2 tournament (B3), which is now considered the predecessor of the Evolution Championship Series (EVO).
After three years of not making a Top 8 at EVO, Valle took a 4th-place finish at EVO 2013 for Street Fighter X Tekken using a team of Yoshimitsu and Lars, being defeated by Justin Wong. Valle later took a 4th-place finish at Capcom Cup 2013, losing an "epic" runback against Dexter "Tampa Bison" James. According to an interview with Canadian Smasher Toronto Joe, Valle was impressed with the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene in SoCal. When Toronto Joe asked for advice for building a community, Valle responded "Find a group of dedicated people willing to lend a hand and create frequent events. Community building takes a long time so have realistic expectations and cater to your scene directly." When Toronto Joe asked how the Fighting Game Community stands out compared to other game genres, such as first-person shooters and MOBAs, Valle stated that "[t]he FGC started in arcades where you had to take out the player next to you. The social interaction is what makes every match interesting because we instantly feel our opponents struggle for each defeat." Valle was excited for Super Smash Bros. 4 and he felt interested in showcasing the game at upcoming tournaments.
Valle competed in an early preview of Ultra Street Fighter IV's Omega Mode, in which he lost against Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez. Valle is known for having an offensive playstyle when playing with Ryu, as determined by Justin Wong in his Step Up Your Game series of articles.
Valle is the CEO and co-founder of Level Up and is the man behind the SoCal Regionals tournaments as well as the Wednesday Night Fights Online Tournaments. Valle formerly ran ReveLAtions, The Runback, and Super Smash Sundays; the former being a major that happens once a year, and the latter two being weeklies. He was born in Lima, Peru on April 11, 1978.
References and notes
- "Capcom Pro Tour Player Spotlight: Alex Valle, NuckleDu, Kelvin Jeon". Capcom Pro Tour.com. Capcom Pro Tour. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- DigitalCavalry. "Alex Valle". kuroppi.strevival.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
- "Alex Valle and the Early Years". Sonic Hurricane.com. Sonic Hurricane. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Heart, Adam "Keits". "Blast From the Past – Battle By the Bay (B3) Street Fighter Alpha 2 Tournament (1996)". Shoryuken.com. Shoryuken. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "EVO 2013 Street Fighter X Tekken Summary". Shoryuken.com. Shoryuken. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Capcom Cup 2013 Results". Eventhubs.com. Eventhubs. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Toronto Joe interviews Alex Valle regarding Smash, Community Building and more." SmashBoards.com. SmashBoards. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Capcom Cup 2014 Results". Shoryuken.com. Shoryuken. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Step Up Your Game: Chapter 18 - Changing styles". Eventhubs.com. Eventhubs. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- "Level Up: About Us". Level Up Productions.com. Level Up. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
- Ashcraft, Brian (May 11, 2009). "The Last of The Great Arcade Fighters". Retrieved May 17, 2015.