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Player Information
Romanized Name:
Naoto Sako
April 9, 1979 (1979-04-09) (age 39)
FAV gaming
Alternate IDs:
Active in:
Capcom Cup 2013 SSFIV:AETWFighter_Major/2018/SFV:AESoCal_Regionals/2018/SFV:AE
????-??-?? — Present
2017-03-06 — 2018-04-06
2018-06-11 — Present

Naoto "Sako" Sako is a Japanese fighting games player. 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.


Date Placement Tier G Tournament Team Result Prize
2018-09-16 A11st A1Premier SoCal Regionals 2018 Menat 3 : 2 ChinaCammyXiao Hai $7,000
2018-08-26 A55 - 6th A1Premier E-Sports Festival Hong Kong 2018 Menat 2 : 3 TaiwanRashidOil King $750
2018-08-19 A11st A1Premier TWFighter Major 2018 Menat 3 : 0 JapanAkumaTokido $7,000
2018-07-01 A44th A1Premier Community Effort Orlando 2018 Menat 2 : 3 NorwayNecalliPhenom $1,397.6
2017-10-02 A55 - 6th A1Premier Dueling Dragons Dojo 2017 Akuma 0 : 3 JapanR. MikaFuudo $750
2017-06-18 A44th A1Premier DreamHack Summer 2017 Akuma $1,000
2017-05-28 A55 - 6th A1Premier Combo Breaker 2017 AkumaChun-Li $946.2
2016-10-09 A44th A1Premier South East Asia Major 2016 Chun-Li $1,000
2013-12-14 A11st A1Premier Capcom Cup 2013 Evil Ryu 3 : 0 SingaporeGenXian $6,000
2013-07-14 A55 - 6th A1Premier Evolution Championship Series 2013 Evil RyuIbuki $1,145
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  • 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.
  • One of the few players to attend every Capcom Cup since it's inception.
  • Sako is the only player to win a premier event without losing a single game in the entire tournament. [1]