Whether you’re a beginner or an established beat maker, Serato has a new competition where you can showcase your skills and win cash prizes. Serato is paying homage to the classic 1990s arcade fighter game Street Fighter with BeatFighter, an Instagram-driven beat making competition. BeatFighter lets you compete with beat makers from across the world in a global online tournament with $25,000 cash up for grabs.

Contestants can enter by creating their best one-minute beats in Serato Studio and sharing them with the world via Instagram. Serato Studio is free to download and use, but there is also a paid option for the black belt feature set. The tournament began on February 17. Contestants should use the hashtag #SeratoBeatFighter and tag @seratostudio and @splice in the caption to enter. For the Slam Dunk round, contestants are asked to use sounds from a curated BeatFighter sound pack, which they can download from Splice Sounds for free using “BEATFIGHTER” as the promo code.

The entries close on March 17. The next day, Serato will pick the eight best beats, which will then face off in a tournament via polls on IG Stories. Voting will determine who makes it to the grand finals, with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected by a special guest judge on Serato’s Twitch channel on March 28.

The cash prizes include:

1st Place – $20,000 USD2nd Place – $4,000 USD3rd Place – $1,000 USD

Hip-hop has had a long-running love of Street Fighter, with various rappers and producers making lyrical references to the game or sampling sounds from it. Genius News detailed the game’s influence on hip-hop in this 2019 video.

To find out more, visit the BeatFighter website.

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