|Hololive New Year Cup|
Logo used for the 2023 Holo New Year Cup
|Next Season||2024 (TBD)|
|Game||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|Current Champion||Hoshimachi Suisei (2023)|
The Hololive New Year Cup (Japanese: ホロお正月CUP, horo oshōgatsu kappu), is an annual Mario Kart tournament held by Hololive members. Participation in the tournament is voluntary; however, nearly all members try to participate, thus the roster of participants grows each year as new members join Hololive. The tournament was first held in November 2019 as the Hololive Cup (Japanese: ホロライブ杯, hororaibu hai). After this, the tournaments were moved to coincide with New Year's celebrations and rebranded as the "Hololive New Year Cup".
The New Year Cup has undergone a few changes from its debut in order to accommodate a growing number of participating talents. In its first edition for 2019, the tournament was held with 21 members, and consisted of 4 preliminary races, 4 final races, and 7 "Extra" races that did not factor into the main tournament. There was no tournament in 2020, as this was a busy year for every member in Holopro with Hololive 1st Fest happening in January, Hololive Indonesia debuting in Spring, Hololive English debuting in September, and Hololive 2nd Fest being held in December. The tournament would return once again in 2021 as the Hololive New Year Cup, which is now its current branding. The 2021 edition of the tournament saw the participation increase from 21 to 25 members. The tournament was now a double-elimination format, with a "winners bracket" (Tsuyo Cup) and a "losers bracket" (Zako Cup). The tournament also separated all participants into 3 groups "A", "B", and "C", with a final set of races held for both "loser bracket" and "winners bracket" at the end. Additionally, this new format allowed Tokoyami Towa to serve as a co-host with A-chan to provide commentary throughout, and interview some of the members. The 2022 edition of the tournament saw the least amount of changes to the format, as the grouping system made a return once again, but saw the largest number of participants thus far. A total of 44 members from all the Hololive branches took part in the tournament, with Hololive Indonesia and Hololive English making their debut appearances. The 2023 edition saw a reduction in the number of participants due to scheduling conflicts, lowering the total participating members to 36. On the day of the tournament, a further 3 participants were unable to compete due to illness and connection issues.
Below are a list of results from previous tournaments. Only finishing talents are included.
The tournament was first held in November 2019 as the Hololive Cup (Japanese: ホロライブ杯, hororaibu hai). This tournament was held with 21 members, and consisted of 4 preliminary races, 4 final races, and 7 "Extra" races that did not factor into the main tournament. The tournament was won by Minato Aqua, who won the most points in the final Grand Prix.
The next tournament was postponed to be beginning of 2021, so no tournament occurred in the year 2020.
Taking place on January 11, 2021 the second tournament was rebranded as the "Hololive New Year Cup". The tournament was hosted by Tokoyami Towa and A-chan on Towa's channel. As a talent herself, Towa also participated in the tournament. The roster of participants swelled to 25 members with the addition of Hololive 4th Generation and Hololive 5th Generation.
Towa and A-chan reprised their roles as hosts in the third tournament. This tournament marked the first time it was open to the Hololive Indonesia and Hololive English branches. The inclusion of these branches along with Hololive 6th Generation swelled the roster of participants to 44 members, almost twice the size of that of previous years.
The 2023 tournament was originally set to feature a total of 36 talents, which is a lower amount of participating members due to scheduling conflicts. However, during the day of the tournament, 3 of the 36 talents could not participate, leaving only 33. Most notably absent is the tournament's founder, Minato Aqua, who attended a wedding on the date of the tournament  . First time participants for this tournament included all members of Hololive Indonesia 3rd Generation.
1 On countback, both talents won twice and finished 2nd twice, but Marine had a higher place finish (3rd) than Mio (4th).
2 On countback, both talents finished 3rd once, but Matsuri had a higher place finish (5th) than Fubuki (7th). Koyori's highest place finish was 4th.
Logo used for the 2022 tournament.
- (Jan. 07, 2022) Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23y5h8kQsv8
- (Jan. 8, 2023). Retrieved from https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1611191456043257858
- (Jan. 8, 2023). Retrieved from https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1611599895781339137
- (Jan. 07, 2022) Retrieved from https://youtu.be/23y5h8kQsv8
- (Jan. 07, 2022) Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_IW6CyYn1k
- (Dec. 14, 2022) Retrieved from https://twitter.com/minatoaqua/status/1603039358017146881?s=20&t=_kiRy5l_V9GZkLUz3Wpt9A
- (Dec. 14, 2022) Retrieved from https://twitter.com/tokoyamitowa/status/1603040758080094210/photo/1