Cape Town, November 2019 – In an attempt to separate the Street Fighter V imposters from the true warriors, Jabhi ‘JabhiM’ Mabuza was crowned the first-ever Red Bull Hit the Streets national champion after an intense battle with Sunny Sahota at the finals last night.

The event took place at the Red Bull Music Studios in the city centre of Cape Town on First Thursday. As the winner of the national final, JabhiM, from Alexandra in Johannesburg, earns himself an opportunity to head to Japan and compete at the Red Bull Kumite last-chance qualifier in December. Only the world’s most prestigious players are invited to participate in the Red Bull Kumite. 15 players from all over the globe plus the winner from the last-chance qualifier will battle it out to be crowned the ultimate Street Fighter V global champion.

“I feel really good, it hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m going to Japan. I think it will sink in maybe tomorrow morning but right now I’m just grateful. All the hard work that I put in, I’d like to dedicate my win to a good friend who let me use his console to train for the tournament. He kept on telling people that I would win the tournament.” said the elated, JabhiM.

Prior to the final, qualifiers, which started on 17 August 2019, were hosted in around the country to find SA’s toughest Street Fighter V player. The qualification tour ran until the end of October and comprised of 7 official events including rAge Expo and Comic Con Africa.

Handing over the winner’s trophy, current Street Fighter V champion Tsunehiro ‘Gachikun’ Kanamori said: “I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the local gaming talent in South Africa while I’ve been here this week and the scene is really inspiring. I can’t wait to meet up with JabhiM at Red Bull Kumite in Japan. There is a world of untapped potential and opportunity waiting for youth who want to pursue a professional career in gaming.”

More information on Red Bull Hit the Streets can be found here.