The race for participation in the KOF XIV World Championship has ended, and today SNK announced the finalists who will participate in the event. Also there has been a change in the organization of the tournament. First let us look at the 16 finalists who will battle to be crowned THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV.

Although the KOF XIV World Championship supposed to be divided in two events, one held in Japan and other in China, they will be merged into one. You can read the official announcement from SNK below.

We would like to announce an important change in the organization of the upcoming “THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (WCS)” tournament  during which the world’ s strongest player in the PlayStation®4 exclusive title THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV (KOF XIV)  will be crowned.

 In response to requests from the tournament players, the “FOUR KINGS” and “GRAND FINAL” tournaments, which were previously announced to be held in Japan and China, respectively, will be combined into one single event as the “GRAND FINAL”  tournament which will be held in Tokyo on February 18th. Please accept our apologies for this sudden change and any inconvenience it may cause, and thank you for your kind understanding.

What do you think about the decision? It is surely easier to organize one tournament than two, but for the fans, it means less fights and drama.