Tekken World Tour – Biggest Tekken Circuit Returns in 2023

The Tekken World Tour 2023 has started up for the year. It’s looking like the biggest event for this fighting game for the year and for the wider FGC. The TWT is the premier event for Tekken. It’s the culmination of an entire year’s worth of events, up there with EVO for importance in the fighting game community. The tournament is going to be a mix of Offline events and challenger competitors to open things up to all players.

The Tekken World Tour for 2023 kicked off in March, with EVO Japan as one of the very first tournaments. The event will be running through the whole rest of the year though. This is everything you need to know about the biggest Tekken tournaments and how it will work for 2023.

Tekken World Tour Events

The Tekken World Tour is an ongoing circuit which means other Tekken tournaments are a part of the circuit. Players can get points from their performance at these events, which contribute to an ongoing leaderboard to help them move into the grand Finals and a shot at the full prize.

The Tekken World Tour is broken down into a few different tiers of tournaments, each awarding a different number of points to the winners. These are all of the Tekken World Tour events announced so far.

Master Events

  • EVO Japan
  • The MixUp
  • Punishment
  • Combo Breaker
  • Bam
  • VSF XI
  • EVO
  • Fighters showdown
  • CEO

EVO itself is a Master+ event with a huge weighting of points for the winners there. It can set a player up to make it to the Grand Finals pretty smoothly if they take home first in Tekken 7 at EVO 2023.

Tekken World Tour 2023

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Challenger Events

These are the next tier down, they’re Tekken tournaments which don’t have as many points but still contribute to rising up the ranks. These are community events which may end up as Master events in the future.

  • Paradise Game Battle
  • Slash N Dash Emirates Showdown
  • Head Stomper
  • FV Major
  • Brussels Challenge

Alongside the Challenger, Master, and Master+ tournaments there are also Dojos. These are tournaments that applied directly to be part of the Tekken World Tour. They have fewer points, but they’re an important part of keeping fighting game esports wide open to new challengers.

Tekken World Tour 2023

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Tekken World Tour Grand Finals

The TWT is a group of Tekken tournaments, but it culminates in a Grand Final where the very best Tekken players come together to fight for a larger prize pool. The Grand Finals for 2023 are pretty light on details so far. While the events are underway with quite a few Masters events already taking place, organizers haven’t been too clear on the Finals so far.

As of yet, we don’t know what prize pool is going to be on offer at the Tekken World Tour Grand Finals. We also don’t know when they’re be taking part! Players are competing to rise up the leaderboard for a slot at this pretty much unknown tournament!

We can make some educated guesses based on previous Grand Finals though. In the past, the tournament has opened with a wider group stage of competitors. The top players make it through to a final bracket, where they compete in a double-elimination bracket.

Tekken World Tour 2023

Source: Bandai Namco

How to Watch the Tekken World Tour

Since the Tekken World Tour is a wider circuit, there are a few different places where you can catch qualifying events. Each of the individual Tekken tournaments will be running its own streams. The Mixup has its own stream where you can tune in, EVO has its own stream, and so on. The Grand Finals are a different story though.

The Grand Finals will likely be broadcast on the official Tekken Twitch page. This channel hosts all of the major events for Tekken, and the Grand Finals will be the center point of esports streams for the channel in 2023.

That’s how the TWT is going to work. Even a few rounds in, there are already some players that are standing out. Rangchu is sat at the very top of the rankings thanks to his placement at EVO Japan. Others are rising fast though. Shadow has grown to 6th place off his performance at DreamHack San Diego Tekken and more events. Things are heating up for an exciting year of the Tekken World Tour 2023.