2013 will be a landmark year for Arc System Works as it will be their 25th anniversary, as well as the 15th anniversary for the flagship Guilty Gear series and the 5th anniversary for Blazblue. To commemorate this event, ArcSys has announced a large national tournament tentatively titled the Arc Revolution Cup. It will feature the three main ArcSys fighting games currently out: Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, Blazblue Chrono Phantasma, and Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena. The exact format hasn’t been announced yet, but qualifiers for the tournament will be taking place from February 16th to April 21st. Qualifying players/teams will then be able to play in the final event, which will take place sometime in May.

Similar in vein to the Arc Cup but not quite so large scale, Ikebukuro GIGO arcade will be hosting an ArcSys themed tournament on December 30th, the day before New Year’s Eve! It will be titled the IKEG Cup, and will feature the 4 games GGXXAC+R, BBCP, P4U, and Magical Beat! If you haven’t heard of Magical Beat, it’s a really neat tile matching game(like Tetris and Puyo Puyo) with rhythm game elements. Anywho, the tournament format for all games will be 2on2, and you can find more information on the arcade’s Twitter account.

The January 2013 issue of Arcadia magazine has a GGXX AC+R section in it featuring interviews with a top player from the Kansai and Kanto regions. The Kansai player they got was Dogura, and the Kanto player was Koichi. They were also asked to make their own character ranking list:
Koichi’s list
S Kliff Faust Zappa
A Millia Chipp Jam Anji Axl I-No
B Eddie Potemkin Baiken Johnny Dizzy Slayer A.B.A Order-Sol
C Sol Ky May Venom Testament Bridget Robo
D Justice

Dogura’s list
S Faust Chipp Zappa
A Millia Baiken Jam Dizzy Slayer
B Sol May Eddie Potemkin Axl Johnny I-No Robo Order-Sol Kliff
C Ky Anji Venom Testament A.B.A
D Bridget Justice

A fair amount of disagreement between these two!