Echo Fox is officially making its move into the fighting games community. Just days after saying it wanted to pick up players, the organization has signed its first member.
“I’m very happy and blessed to be a part of Echo Fox,” Julio said in a statement to the Daily Dot. “They will help me better myself as a person and a player, and will allow me to be a role model to other gamers. It’s surreal to be associated with Rick Fox. He’s an NBA champion and I’m looking for his championship experience to help me out on my journey. This is a great day for me personally, and Echo Fox getting into Street Fighter is a great day for gamers everywhere.”
Julio has been a strong Street Fighter player on the West Coast for a number of years, but has recently emerged as one of the top players in the world. He has placed in the top 16 in each of the first two Capcom Pro Tour Premier events this year, including a fifth-place finish at NorCal Regionals. He recorded his first ever Pro Tour win this past weekend at Texas Showdown and was recently named one of the world’s best Ken players by Momochi Yusuke and other Japanese players.
“We are thrilled to add Julio Fuentes to the Echo Fox team,” Rick Fox told the Daily Dot. “He is unquestionably one of the top Street Fighter players in the world. Julio has remarkable professionalism and a drive for excellence that makes him a perfect fit with the Echo Fox family.”
Spearheading Echo Fox’s FGC team is newly-announced CEO Jace Hall. After just hours on the job Hall put out a call on Twitter for fighting game players.
“Echo Fox is excited to connect with fighting game fans,” said Rick Fox. “We are committed to being an esports organization that knows no boundaries, connecting with gamers of all types, and providing more opportunities for athletes to recognize their dreams of being professional gamers.”
Expect Echo Fox to pick up more FGC players in the coming weeks, the organization has already reached out to a number of people, including Super Smash Bros. Melee player Joey “Lucky” Aldama.