Capcom USA’s long-time community leader and marketing director Seth Killian is leaving his Street Fighter-related duties this coming Friday, presumably to go home and be a family man.
By far, Killian, also known as “s-kill” to the Capcom community, has been one of the Street Fighter franchise’s most recognizable and beloved public faces. He spoke about his imminent departure from Capcom in a community blog post, detailing his history with with the fighting game series and thanking many people from the company, including Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono:
A game can be incredible, but it’s the players and where they take it that elevate it into legend. Both as individuals and as a group, you have taught me more than I could have ever thought possible. Every hour on the road and every air mile towards my first million doesn’t begin to repay the debt I feel to all of you. You are a family to me. Today, the community is strong, and growing stronger. We fight, we make mistakes, we argue, and we compete but in the end we have each other. To you, I can only say “thank you.” You continue to electrify the world and show the power not just of a game, but of a living, breathing community. Strive to be your best selves, to share our magic with the next generation, and above all else, take care of each other. We are a family.
Before Killian joined Capcom in 2006, the Street Fighter series had been in a bit of lull, especially in America. Since coming off the less-than-stellar Street Fighter III releases to focus on various remakes, re-releases, and crossover titles, Capcom had arguably been dormant in the fighting game genre since 2001, leaving the field to Tekken, Virtua Fighter, and SoulCalibur.
In the lead-up and aftermath of Street Fighter IV, Killian was a key part in promoting and pushing the Street Fighter franchise back into the spotlight with both the console and arcade communities. During Killian’s tenure, he has supervised several press tours and assisted Capcom with many events and tournaments that involved Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, and Street Fighter X Tekken.
Seth Killian is forever tied to Street Fighter IV, as the final boss is widely acknowledged to be named after him.
Source: Capcom Unity