EVO, the Evolution Championship Series, shines as the culmination of the fighting game community. Officially hosting 9 games – Street Fighter V, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Smash 4 to name a few. EVO’s an open tournament for competition, pride, glory, and for some – to make their opponents salty. EVO holds prestige for any game it hosts. If you’re not familiar with EVO, this tournament would be say… the Fighting Game Community’s Olympics.
In scope, each game has hundreds, if not thousands of players representing them.
Let’s Talk Venue
This year’s EVO pulls out all the stops to reign as the biggest, baddest, and most hyped EVO ever. The tournament will be hosted in the Las Vegas Convention Center for Friday and Saturday. EVO’s drawing big sponsors taking a step up from replaying that Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer over and over. EVO’s going to be exposing attendees to all the action; all the time.
For Sunday, the show transitions to Mandalay Bay Events Center. So if you’re attending, be sure to get all your merch and swag before Sunday as the Convention Center will be closed.
More Esports Teams Than Ever Before
Starting out with subreddit sponsors and classic organizations like Evil Geniuses, VGBC, MIOM the fighting game community has had some new challengers approach.
Organizations with players such as Cloud 9's Mango, Critical Reaction's SonicFox, Team Liquid's Nuckledu, TSM's Zero, CLG's PewPewU, G2's Westballz, Echo Fox's Julio Fuentes, and Selfless's Lucky join the classic orgs and have all found players to represent them.
All of this just shouts growth in the FGC.
As an open tournament, herds of players entered into their game of choice.
5000 is actually quite an underestimate; one-third of the actual number. Still, EVO truly will be madness. Joey ‘Mr. Wizard’ Cuellar released a full breakdown of the players in each game and there are 5065 players competing in Street Fighter V alone.
Big names like Leffen, K-Brad, SonicFox, Justin Wong, Hungrybox, and Zero are playing in the pools just like any other competitor. Of course, competing against household names like these remains as one of the greatest aspects of EVO, but many of players hope that senpai will notice them as they work toward a potential sponsorship.
Sure EVO has been televised before on G4, but that exposure was only to viewers of their specific content. And let’s be honest. That’s us. What’s new this year is Street Fighter V being broadcast on ESPN. The scale of this broadcast will be huge and definitely more potent than before. Just like ELEAGUE on TBS for Counter-Strike, new viewers are going to be intrigued.
The vibe and rhythm of the city will persist through the event. The emotion will be evident on the faces of everyone going.
Experiencing this EVO will be like no other, but if you aren’t going — stay with us. PVP Live be providing extensive EVO coverage.