Naoto "sako" Sako (born April 9, 1979) is a Japanese fighting games player currently representing FAV gaming. He is a Capcom Cup champion, and is known for being an execution god, referring to his ability to perform incredibly difficult combos with ease.
In the arcade era of fighting games, Sako made a name for himself by mastering B.B.Hood (Bulleta) in Darkstalkers, a character famous for her high execution barrier. He also had a fair amount of success in Hyper Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III: Third Strike and Guilty Gear XX, getting high placings in plenty of national tournaments.
In Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Ultra Street Fighter IV, Sako was once again relished by the fighting game community for his execution, as he would pull off very difficult Evil Ryu combos at high-stakes tournaments, coining the term Sako Combo. In Street Fighter V, Sako was quick to specialize in the characters with the biggest execution requirement in the game, Chun-li and Menat.
He is also currently ranked as the 20th best Street Fighter V player on the PGRSF 2016-19.
Street Fighter V
|2021-07-21||5 - 6th||Intel World Open - Japan & South Korea Regional Finals||1 : 3||gachikun||$1,750|
|2020-12-20||13 - 15th||Topanga Championship 2||3/4||Round Robin|
|2020-07-26||13 - 16th||CPT 2020 Online Event: Asia East 1||1 : 2||Momochi|
|2020-03-15||15 - 16th||Topanga Championship||3/5||Round Robin|
|2020-01-26||3rd||Evolution Championship Series: Japan 2020||1 : 3||Mago||$1,825|
|2019-12-15||17 - 24th||Capcom Cup 2019||2 : 3||Xian||$500|
|2019-11-17||7 - 8th||CPT North America Open 2019||2 : 3||NuckleDu||$1,250|
|2019-11-03||7 - 8th||Canada Cup 2019||0 : 3||Dogura||$500|
|2019-10-19||33 - 48th||EGX 2019||0 : 2||GuN SLinGa|
|2019-10-12||13 - 16th||CPT Asia Regional Open @ SEA Major Singapore 2019||0 : 2||Bonchan|
|2019-09-15||25 - 32nd||CPT Asia Premier @ Tokyo Game Show 2019||0 : 2||Punk|
|2019-09-01||5 - 6th||Celtic Throwdown 2019||1 : 3||moke||$750|
vs. Itabashi Zangief
vs. John Takeuchi
vs. Problem X
Street Fighter IV
|2015-07-19||17 - 24th||Evolution Championship Series 2015||0 : 2||Filipinoman|
|2015-04-12||4th||Topanga World League #2||5/3||Grp. S.||$998|
|2015-03-01||2nd||Cannes Winter Clash 2015||0 : 3||Poongko|
|2014-07-13||7 - 8th||Evolution Championship Series 2014||1 : 3||Ricky Ortiz||$285|
|2013-12-14||1st||Capcom Cup 2013||3 : 0||Xian||$6,000|
|2013-09-08||1st||TRETA Championship Aftermath 2013||2 : 3|
3 : 1
|2013-07-14||5 - 6th||Evolution Championship Series 2013||1 : 3||Infiltration||$1,145|
|2012-07-08||17 - 24th||Evolution Championship Series 2012||L||Fuudo|
- Sako is one of the Five Japanese Gods of fighting games.
- His wife Akiki (あきき) is extremely supportive of his fighting game career.
- Known for his extraordinary execution.
- Sako is the only player to win a premier event without losing a single game in the entire tournament.