About Me

To further grow the fighting game community and engender a charitable and competitive spirit among its members. This mission will be accomplished through adherence to the three tenets of: entertainment, education, and passion. The three tenets will find expression through content development aimed at enriching the fighting game community and turning profit into charitable donations.

My name is Nathan Shields and welcome to PowerUp's online home! PowerUp is a blog dedicated to fighting games. My dreams for the blog can be summed up in three words. These words represent my beliefs regarding what the fighting game community should be all about.


The fighting game genre has been an absolutely amazing part of my life. PowerUp began in 2009 when I sought to document the fighting game community, as well as write on various other types of entertainment. I did not expect the community to have the sticking power it did for me, but I am very glad things turned out that way. I have met many people during my travels. Many of them I still know and count as friends today. I have had some of the best times ever being a member of this community.

PowerUp also promotes events for the community to enjoy. As I progress through my final years of higher education, my organizing has slowly ground to a halt. I have also spent much time considering what my role in the community is. My philosophy has changed over time.

Early on, PowerUp was responsible for three events that were recognized by the community at a national level. Since the last of those events in 2012 the community as a whole has changed greatly. Events are getting larger and more numerous. I no longer believe that putting money into tournaments is the ideal method for getting people excited about competition and improvement in fighting games. I now consider it a barrier to entry that I want to eliminate.

I have exciting plans for PowerUp, and for my local community, in the years to come. I want to improve myself, and use that success to encourage and recruit others. I want fighting games to be about more than buy-ins and prizes. I want everything I do in the future to reflect the three summary goals stated above.

My time in the fighting game community has been incredible. I have been both humbled and lifted up to heights I never thought I could reach. I want the direction of PowerUp to focus on the summary goals using charitable methods. In the future, any net profit that PowerUp generates will go to one or more video game charities.

I have two short-term goals: expand the PowerUp social media presence and recruit freelance content creators who will be paid and receive full credit for their contributions to PowerUp. I have two long-term goals: increase the number of competitive fighting game players and do so through charitable events that encapsulate a rewarding guest experience while adhering to the three summary goals.

I have been honored to be so highly involved with the fighting game community and look forward to years of competition yet to come!

Enjoy the blog and good luck on your personal journey to power up.
Nathan Shields PowerUp Founder

Fighting game enthusiast, martial artist, and teacher. Nathan Shields ran three regional events, two of which were part of the Road to EVO Championships in 2011 and 2012. He continues to run local FGC events and supervise the growth of his scene and the PowerUp brand.

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