BLITZMAN: Street Fighter Signing
Name: Matthew Lam
CFN I.D.: STDxBlitzman
Age: June 18th, 1987
Location: Toronto, Ontario. Canada.
Current games playing competitively: Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Other games I enjoy playing: CS:GO, Hearthstone, Dota 2
Favourite SF5 Character: Karin Kanzuki
My name is Matthew Lam and I am Canadian whom is half Chinese and half Korean. I am also known in the FGC Fighting Game Community as BlitzMan. When I’m not playing video games competitively or running fighting game events, I work full time as an assistant site supervisor doing construction and home renovations. On the weekends I like to spend time with my family, friends and cooking has always been a passion of mine.
I’ve been playing video games since I was 3 and could pick up a nintendo controller. Like most kids growing up in the 90s, I played Video games, table soccer and pool at arcades, and there was always a thrill to beat the person beside you. You wouldn’t want to take that walk to get more quarters, line up and get another shot at the person who beat you. When I was 15, I actually was joining tournaments for table soccer which was really popular at the time, and that’s what pushed me to be competitive in games. I was always the best in my group of friends playing street fighter or Dota and I guess it was them who pushed me to go to my first tournament at a local arcade for Street Fighter 3 third strike. It was crazy seeing all these different players using different characters and watching a community of people watch, cheer and even boo players hoping that an underdog in the tournament will win against a very skilled player. When I finished highschool and just started post secondary at University of Toronto, Street Fighter 4 got released which was the first new Street fighter title in the franchise in over 10 years and I joined my first tournament for Street Fighter 4 making it to grand finals against a very popular Canadian player who was already a veteran in the Fighting Game Community.
That thrill of winning making it to grand finals is what made me want to go to more tournaments. I went to some local tournament events across the Greater Toronto Area at first, and noticed a lot of familiar faces and made some great friends which made me the player I am today. My biggest achievements as a player would be winning a qualifier spot for an 8 man invitational for a gaming circuit known as ESC-Champs, defending Toronto against the best Canadian Street Fighter 4 player from Montreal in grand finals, and winning the 3 versus 3 team tournament for Montreal’s annual major tournament with my friends JS_Master and Eric Hai. I’ve also been a top 8 finalist for 4 years in a row at major Canadian fighting game tournaments run by TorontoTopTiers for Street fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. With E-sports as a new growing industry, my parents weren’t always supportive of me playing so much video games, but when I started getting prize money and being flown out to major fighting game competitions, they knew I had some sort of talent and it wasn’t just a hobby but grew into a passion. It’s been 10 years since I started playing fighting games competitively and with Street Fighter 5’s release I’ve already won 2 of the first local events, and was the highest placing Canadian on leaderboards for the 3rd beta phase, ranked 15th in the world.
I’d like to travel to as many events and show the world that the Canadian Fighting Game community is strong. Signing with SetToDestroyX eSports whom is already a well known established Canadian brand with a strong network and experience in the North American gaming scene, provides me the opportunity to work with an organization, stay with my roots in Canada and compete in many events in 2016. I am excited to be under STDx and competing in the upcoming WorldGaming.com events in Toronto, as well as EGLX.com at the end of April, Toryuken Ranking event, Canada Cup, the CapCom Pro Tour and EVO 2016 Championships. I will be streaming weekly as well as have certain days that I will be hosted by WorldGaming on their Twitch channel as well so people can watch me play and train for the events. I will also be travelling several times over the next couple months to SW Ontario to play and create some fun content at the SetToDestroyX Gamer House which will be a lot of fun. Feel free to connect with me at the following as well as my organization: