Daigo in 2011
|Born||19 May 1981|
|Current team||Twitch, Red Bull, HyperX,|
|League||Super Battle Opera
Evolution Championship Series
|Games||Super Street Fighter II Turbo
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter V
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Capcom vs. SNK 2
Capcom Fighting Evolution
Daigo Umehara (Japanese: 梅原 大吾 Hepburn: Umehara Daigo?, born 19 May 1981) is a Japanese arcade fighting video game player. He specializes in 2D arcade fighting games, mainly those released by Capcom. Known as "Daigo" or "The Beast" in the West and "Umehara" or "Ume" in Japan, Daigo is one of the world's most famous Street Fighter players, and is often considered its greatest as well. He currently holds a world record of "the most successful player in major tournaments of Street Fighter" in Guinness World Records.
Before properly being called a pro gamer from signing a sponsorship deal with Mad Catz, Japanese media usually referred to Daigo as "the god of 2D fighting games" (2D格闘ゲームの神 2D Kakutō Gēmu no Kami?).
Daigo began going to an arcade game center and playing fighting games as an elementary school student around 10 years of age. Street Fighter II and Fatal Fury: King of Fighters had recently been released and were Daigo's first two fighting games. Street Fighter II often had a very long line with older players, so he began learning Fatal Fury first. After some time and due to the limited time he could stay at the game center, Daigo started challenging other players in Street Fighter II Dash (Champion Edition) for an opportunity to play even though he felt shy and had to ask for permission. This was when he discovered that he preferred competing with other players.
Around the time when he was a 13-year-old middle school student, Daigo shifted his main game to Vampire Hunter because he thought he was more skilled in that game than Street Fighter II. He developed a reputation in Vampire Hunter by setting a 286-win streak record in a single outing before he was forced to leave due to Akihabara Sega (now Club Sega) game center closing for the day. Umehara enrolled in his first tournament when he entered GAMEST Cup's national Vampire Hunter tournament in 1995, losing in the block's finals. His first tournament victory came at his second tournament, GAMEST Cup's national Vampire Savior tournament in 1997, where he defeated Ōnuki (now Nuki) in the finals.
In 1998, at the age of 17 Daigo participated in Capcom's official Street Fighter Zero 3 national tournament and advanced to the finals which took place on a stage in Tokyo Game Show 1998: Autumn on October 11. After winning the tournament by defeating Ōnuki 3-1, Daigo, as the champion, went on to face Alex Valle, the winner of the U.S. national Street Fighter Alpha 3 tournament. The international "Grand Championship" was held in San Francisco, California on November 8. This was Daigo's first trip to the U.S. and his first overseas tournament appearance. The match was best of three games, with five-round games. Daigo came from behind to win 2-1. Both events aired as a 50-minute TV report in Japan.
In September 2001, Daigo's popularity led to the publishing of a mini-autobiography called VERSUS (known as "Umehon" (ウメ本) or "Ume Book" by fans). The book's content is separated into six chapters chronicling the games in which he competes and includes background stories, anecdotes of competitions, and analysis of his opponents.
In 2002, Daigo appeared in a U.S. versus Japan exhibition in Japan. American players competed in four games (Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike and Marvel vs. Capcom 2) for the right to battle Japan's best players in those respective games. Umehara only entered the 3rd Strike exhibition, but defeated all of his opponents, ending each round with Ken's fierce Shoryuken. These events were filmed for the documentary Bang the Machine.
In 2003, Daigo won the Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament in the first Super Battle Opera (Tougeki) and won the same game in Evolution Championship Series when he joined the event for the first time in the same year, making him the first player to win both the SBO and Evolution in the same year on the same game. Umehara also went to Evolution 2004 and Absolution 2004 on April 18 in England and won SSF2 Turbo there.
Umehara started becoming famous internationally from the YouTube video clips of his match in the Losers bracket final in Evolution Championship Series 2004's Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike competition where he made a dramatic comeback against Justin Wong's Chun-Li. In the final round of match 1, Umehara's Ken was down to his last pixel of vitality. At this point, any special attack would knock Umehara's character out if connected, since special attacks deal chip damage even when blocked. In an attempt to win the round, Wong attempted to hit Umehara's Ken with Chun-Li's multihit Super Art move Houyoku-sen (鳳翼扇, "phoenix-wing fan"). However, instead of avoiding it, Umehara chose to "Parry," a technique whereby an incoming attack is blocked without the player losing any health, but by doing so requires moving toward opponent's direction in the same time a hit lands, within four of thirty frames of the impact animation. After the move was launched, not only were all 15 hits parried, but Umehara also managed to get into a good position to make a powerful attacking combo that knocked Chun-Li out instead. This moment, and the ecstatic cheering of the spectators that followed, was recorded and later spread on the Internet, gaining immense popularity. In 2011, Kotaku ranked it first place in its list of "The 10 Best Moments in Pro-Gaming History".
NHK's TV program, MAG-NET, has called this moment "The miraculous reversal play" (奇跡の逆転劇 Kiseki no Gyakuten Geki?). Within the English speaking fighting game online community, it is referred to as "Evo Moment #37: The Beast is Unleashed", and the offensive combo used would later appear in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition as Advanced Parry Training #5. This trial mode challenge specifically refers to Daigo's use of the combo, as the challenge description is "Evo Moment #37." (Most Trial Mode challenges within the game have a description of the combo in the challenge.)
Street Fighter IV era
In July 2008, Umehara came out of retirement and became competitive once again. This time, his focus was on the newly released Street Fighter IV. Because of this, Japanese arcade gaming magazine Arcadia has included a DVD featuring "Umehara Concept Matches" in its January 2009 issue (released on November 29, 2008) and "The God has returned" was stated in Umehara's player introduction part. The DVD contains exhibition matches between him and Japan's 6 top players such as Inoue, Itabashi Zangief, Fuudo, Nemo, and Mago.
On March 5, Umehara made an appearance as the "god of the fighting games world" on the TV show "Gamer's Koshien". He and four other top Japanese players (Soushihan KSK, Itabashi Zangief, Mago, and Tokido) competed with each other and with celebrities in a Street Fighter IV round-robin tournament.
On April 18, at GameStop's Street Fighter IV National Tournament 2009 in San Francisco, California, four players from three countries held exhibition matches following the main competition. Umehara, who came by Capcom's invitation,  defeated players Iyo, Poongko and Justin Wong to win the tournament. For the win, he was awarded a free trip to Evolution 2009 in Las Vegas.
Umehara began writing a column in Arcadia called Umehara Column: Michi, starting with the August issue. ("Umehara Column: Street")
Thanks to his win at the GameStop tournament, Umehara entered the Evolution 2009 Street Fighter IV competition as a seeded player in the semi-finals on July 18, which was the second day of the event. In the third and final day, Umehara defeated Justin Wong and placed him in the Losers Bracket, then advanced to the grand finals only to meet Wong again. The two fought until the last game possible, but Umehara ultimately won the competition.
Umehara returned to America to join a tournament called Season's Beatings, held October 16–18 in Columbus, Ohio. He won Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Street Fighter IV Singles competition.
On November 26, Umehara and five other top Japanese Street Fighter IV players joined a Nico Nico live internet show to talk about the second GODSGARDEN tournament. The show also featured an exhibition match between Umehara and Mago.
Instead of participating in GODSGARDEN #2 (March 6), Umehara flew to France to enter Street Fighter IV tournaments in the World Game Cup gaming event, which took place March 3–7. He placed second in singles and first in 2-on-2.
Umehara participated in Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV "Fight Club" launch party in Los Angeles, United States on April 23. Umehara held exhibition matches in which he played various characters including Hakan, Guy, and Dee Jay against a dozen challengers. The event closed with a 3-out-of-5 match between Umehara and Justin Wong, ending in a double-K.O. draw which left Umehara undefeated all night. It was also revealed at the event that Umehara had accepted a sponsorship deal with Mad Catz and would play under their name in future tournaments.
The limited edition of Super Street Fighter IV from the e-CAPCOM store included a special DVD featuring two tournaments between Japan's 8 top players: Umehara, Tokido, Iyo, Shirou, Kin Devu, Momochi, Tokidoki Nukings, and Itabashi Zangief.  The Super Street Fighter IV Technical Guide published by Enterbrain which was released on April 28 includes a DVD featuring exhibition matches of the new characters played by Japan's 7 top players: Umehara, Tokido, Kin Devu, Iyo, Momochi, Itabashi Zangief, and Shirou.
On May 15, Nico Nico Live held a Super Street Fighter IV online competition where participating online players on Xbox Live got a chance to fight Japan's 3 top players: Umehara, Mago, and Tokido. They also held offline matches and a brief talking segment.
May 29-30, Umehara went to Australia for the first time to participate in Evolution Asia Pacific's Super Street Fighter IV tournament in Sydney. He won the tournament, losing just one game. As the grand prize, he earned a paid flight to Evolution 2010 in Las Vegas where he would start off as a seeded player.
On June 4, Umehara joined the 106th Xbox Live Park online event held by Microsoft Japan with Famitsu's editorial department. During the two-hour event, participating Xbox Live Gold members had the opportunity to chat and face off with Umehara in Super Street Fighter IV online matches.
After getting 2nd place in Nagoya Street Battle 15 (July 4), Umehara joined Evolution 2010 on July 9–11 and faced a tougher challenge than before with over 1,700 players from around the world participating in the Super Street Fighter IV tournament. Nevertheless, Umehara secured a win without ever dropping into the Losers bracket. The live stream of the event set a new record with an approximate 48,000 viewers at its peak across its two channels (Stickam 18,000 and Ustream 30,000). 
After winning the qualifier on May 22, Umehara's team participated in the Super Battle Opera 2010 Street Fighter IV finals on September 19 and won second place. The event took place as a part of Tokyo Game Show 2010 at Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex.
Umehara participated in the Season's Beatings tournament in Ohio for the second time October 15–17, the Southern California Regionals tournament in Los Angeles November 6–7, the Canada Cup in Canada November 13–14, and the Northern California Regionals tournament November 20–21. He also attended an exhibition event in Kuwait on November 26.
On April 13, 2013, Daigo attended the New York University Game Center's fourth annual Spring Fighter event as a special guest alongside Seth Killian. At the event, Umehara and Killian held a talk, in which Umehara discussed his life in and out of the Street Fighter scene.
On Aug. 30, 2013, Daigo had a match against the 2013 EVO Champion Xian. The rule was the first to win 10 matches will be declared the winner. Daigo won the match with a incredible result 10-0 against the world Champion Xian.
A couple of Months later, in a similar match, Daigo beat Infiltration 10-2.
Both matches had many views on YouTube and are considered examples of flawless Street fighter play.
In December 2015, Umehara announced his intentions to donate the entirety of his winnings from the Capcom Pro Tour 2015 Finals, a sum of $60,000, to the Evo Scholarship, a New York University scholarship program which offers financial assistance to students wishing to study game design at the NYU Game Center at the Tisch School of the Arts. The NYU Game Center confirmed the $60,000 donation on January 6, 2016.
On January 19, 2016, Daigo gave a two-hour lecture entitled "1日ひとつだけ、強くなる" ("Ichinichi hitotsu dake, tsuyoku naru"|"Getting Stronger Everyday")at the Keio University Marunouchi City Campus. In the lecture, Daigo discussed the ups and downs of carving out a niche as a professional gamer. He spoke to a sold-out audience.
In February 2016, Daigo was narrowly defeated by American rapper and music producer Lupe Fiasco in a Street Fighter V exhibition match. The event, organized by former Mad Catz executive Mark Julio, was live streamed to over 75,000 viewers. Several observers noted that Daigo's timing appeared to be off, and that he did not capitalize on key strategic openings during the match.
In July 2016, an official English translation of Umehara's first book, The Will to Keep Winning, was sold to Evo attendees as an event exclusive. The book continued to be sold exclusively at fighting game events across the globe throughout the remainder of 2016.
On September 14, 2016, Umehara announced that he had achieved two new World Records recognized by Guinness World Records: "Most views for a competitive fighting game match" (for his famous match against Justin Wong from Evo 2004) and "Highest all-time rank in Ultra Street Fighter IV." Umehara received official recognition for the records via a ceremony held at Tokyo Game Show.
On December 1, 2016, Red Bull and director Nick McDonald released an eleven-minute documentary on Daigo Umehara entitled, "Mind of a Beast." In the piece, Umehara addressed the pressures of life as a professional gamer, and asserted a distinction between the mythical public figure "Umehara" and the flawed human being, Daigo Umehara.
『勝ち続ける意志力: 世界一プロ・ゲーマーの「仕事術」』(The Will to Keep Winning), Shogakukan - JPN: 4/2/2012 | ENG: 7/16/2016
"Umehara FIGHTING GAMERS!" is a dramatized manga depiction of Umehara's life as a young participant in the Street Fighter arcade scene, and features several noted players from the Japanese fighting game community. The series is considered a flagship title for its publisher, Kadokawa Shoten, who are actively marketing the series and have confirmed plans to serialize it in their seinen comic magazine Young Ace UP.
The series is illustrated by Kengoro Nishide and written by Saitaru Orika and Maki Tomoi, with Daigo acting as an editorial supervisor. Currently it is only available in Japanese.
|2016||Milan Games Week||Street Fighter V||1st||Ryu|||
|2016||EGX 2016||Street Fighter V||4th||Ryu|||
|2016||Lockdown 2016||Street Fighter V||1st||Ryu|||
|2016||East Coast Throwdown 2016||Street Fighter V||9th||Ryu|||
|2016||OzHadou Nationals 14||Street Fighter V||1st||Ryu|||
|2016||eSports Festival Hong Kong 2016||Street Fighter V||1st||Ryu|||
|2016||Stunfest 2016||Street Fighter V||7th||Ryu|||
|2016||Red Bull Kumite 2016||Street Fighter V||9th||Ryu|
|2015||Capcom Cup 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||2nd||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||Topanga League 5A||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||Tokyo Game Show 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||33rd||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||Evolution Championship Series 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||9th||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||Ouka Ranbu Cup 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|
|2015||Community Effort Orlando 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||17th||Evil Ryu|
|2015||South East Asia Major 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||5th||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||Stunfest 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu, Ryu|||
|2015||Topanga World League 2||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||NorCal Regionals||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||Red Bull Kumite 2015||Ultra Street Fighter IV||5th||Evil Ryu|
|2015||Final Round 18||Ultra Street Fighter IV||13th||Evil Ryu|||
|2015||South by Southwest Fighters Invitational||Ultra Street Fighter IV||5th||Evil Ryu|
|2015||Canada Cup Masters Series||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|
|2014||Capcom Cup Finals||Ultra Street Fighter IV||9th||Evil Ryu|
|2014||Topanga League 4A||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|||
|2014||Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|||
|2014||Capcom Pro Tour Qualifier Taiwan||Ultra Street Fighter IV||1st||Evil Ryu|||
|2014||Evolution 2014||Ultra Street Fighter IV||49th||Evil Ryu|||
|2014||Topanga Charity Cup 4||Ultra Street Fighter IV||lost in the 3rd round||Evil Ryu||Teammate: Mago, Nyanshi, Nemo, Misse|
|2014||Topanga World League 2014||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||1st||Ryu|||
|2014||Super Street Fighter IV CR Edition Commemoration Event||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||2nd||Ryu|||
|2013||DreamHack Winter 2013||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||1st||Ryu|
|2012||Topanga League 3A||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||5th||Ryu|||
|2013||Evolution Championship Series 2013||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||7th||Ryu|
|2013||Topanga Asia League 2013||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||2nd||Ryu|
|2012||Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Global Tournament||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||2nd||Ryu|
|2012||Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Official National Tournament||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||1st||Ryu|
|2012||Topanga League 2A||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||2nd||Ryu|||
|2012||Evolution 2012||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||5th||Ryu|
|2012||Community Effort Orlando 2012||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||7th||Ryu|
|2012||South East Asia Majors||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v2012||2nd||Ryu|
|2012||LG Cup||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition||2nd|
|2011||Nagoya Street Battle X MadCatz||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (3-on-3)||1st||Teammate: Tokido, Mago|
|2011||Nagoya Street Battle 30||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (3-on-3)||1st||Teammate: Tokido, Mago|
|2011||Super Battle Opera 2011||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (2-on-2)||3rd||Teammate: Iyo|
|2011||Evolution 2011||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition||4th||Yun|
|2011||NorCal Regionals 9||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition||1st||Yun|
|2011||ReveLAtions||Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition||1st|
|2010||NorCal Regionals 8||Super Street Fighter IV||4th|
|2010||NorCal Regionals 8||Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix||1st|
|2010||Canada Cup||Super Street Fighter IV||1st|
|2010||SoCal Regionals 2010||Super Street Fighter IV||2nd|
|2010||SoCal Regionals 2010||Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix||1st|
|2010||Season's Beatings V||Super Street Fighter II Turbo||1st|
|2010||Nagoya Street Battle 17||Super Street Fighter IV (3-on-3)||1st||Teammate: MACHI, Momochi|
|2010||Super Battle Opera 2010||Street Fighter IV (3-on-3)||2nd||Teammates: TKD, Bon-chan|
|2010||Super VS Battle 20-X||Super Street Fighter IV||3rd|
|2010||Evolution 2010||Super Street Fighter IV||1st||Ryu|
|2010||Nagoya Street Battle 15||Super Street Fighter IV (3 on 3)||2nd||Teammate: Mago, Tokido|
|2010||Evolution Asia-Pacific||Super Street Fighter IV||1st|
|2010||World Game Cup 2010||Street Fighter IV||2nd||Ryu|
|2009||Seasons Beatings IV||Street Fighter IV||1st||Ryu|
|2009||Seasons Beatings IV||Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix||1st||Ryu|
|2009||GODSGARDEN #1||Street Fighter IV||3rd||Ryu|
|2009||Evolution 2009||Street Fighter IV||1st||Ryu|
|2007||2nd Darkstalker Combination Cup||Vampire Hunter||1st|
|2007||X-Mania 7||Super Street Fighter II Turbo (3-on-3)||2nd||Ryu||Teammates: Yaya, Aniken|
|2006||Evolution 2006||Guilty Gear XX Slash||2nd|
|2005||Super Battle Opera 2005||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (2-on-2)||1st||Ken||Teammate: Nuki|
|2005||Super Battle Opera 2005||Capcom Fighting Jam (2-on-2)||2nd||Urien/Guile|
|2004||4th Cooperation Cup||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike||1st||Ken|
|2004||Absolution 2004||Super Street Fighter II Turbo||1st||Ryu, Balrog, O.Sagat, Zangief|
|2004||Absolution 2004||Guilty Gear XX #Reload||1st|
|2004||Absolution 2004||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike||1st||Ken|
|2004||Absolution 2004||Street Fighter Alpha 3||3rd||X/A/V-Ryu|
|2004||Evolution 2004||Super Street Fighter II Turbo||1st||O. Sagat, Ryu, Balrog|
|2004||Evolution 2004||Guilty Gear XX||1st||Sol|
|2004||Evolution 2004||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike||2nd||Ken|
|2004||Kakutou Ishin||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike||2nd|
|2004||Kakutou Ishin||Street Fighter Alpha 3||2nd|
|2003||Evolution 2003||Super Street Fighter II Turbo||1st||Ryu|
|2003||Evolution 2003||Guilty Gear XX||1st||Sol Badguy|
|2003||Evolution 2003||Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike||2nd||Ken|
|2003||Evolution 2003||Capcom vs. SNK 2||2nd||C-Guile/Cammy/Sagat|
|2003||Super Battle Opera (#1)||Super Street Fighter II Turbo (3-on-3)||1st||Chun-Li||Teammates: Kurahashi, Otochun|
|2003||Super Battle Opera (#1)||Guilty Gear XX (3-on-3)||3rd||Sol Badguy||Teammates: Arisaka, Pachi|
|2003||Super Battle Opera (#1)||Capcom vs. SNK 2||2nd||C-Guile/Chun-Li/Sagat|
|2000||Official National Tournament||Capcom vs. SNK||1st|
|2000||3rd Official National Tournament||Street Fighter Alpha 3||1st|
|2000||X-Mania 2000||Super Street Fighter II Turbo (3-on-3)||3rd||Teammates: Kurahashi, Tamashima|
|1999||2nd Official National Tournament||Street Fighter Alpha 3 (3-on-3)||2nd||V-Ryu||Teammates: Naori, Imai|
|1998||Official National Tournament||Street Fighter Alpha 3||1st||V-Akuma||International Champion|
|1997||GAMEST Cup||Vampire Savior||1st||Bishamon|
|1995||GAMEST Cup||Vampire Hunter||9th||Pyron|
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"God of 2D fighting games" was written on the cover.
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Daigo became the most feared player among the Capcom competitive circles when he defeated Alex Valle during an official Street Fighter Alpha 3 world championship in 1998 (creating a legion of copycat V-Akuma players overnight with his infamous Demon Flip Vism combo). Since then, his fierce reputation has not diminished, as he consistently places in the top three in the majority of the 2D games he enters. If you want to be considered the best in the world, you have to be able to defeat this guy consistently (sorry...lucky flukes don't count).
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A documentary of an exhibition tournament in Japan showing the difference between American and Japanese gaming cultures.
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- A character's vitality is indicated by a horizontal bar graph composed of columns of pixels. The player loses the game when his or her character's vitality is depleted.
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