Three weeks left to register for @EVO 2017!

As the annual championship for the fighting game community, Evolution 2017 lives up to its name in the way it best knows how: evolving their production quality, their bracket management, their acquired venues, tournament accommodations…everything imaginable.

Puns aside, anybody who is still struggling to decide as to whether they should go to EVO or not has only three weeks left to do so! All registrations are handled at www.smash.gg/evo-2017.

What is EVO? Short for Evolution, it celebrates the fighting game genre once per year by gathering the best players across the globe so that they can compete in championship-level brackets for their favorite fighting game. At the start of each year, a lineup is revealed on stream to drive the scene into an uproar, whether it be from excitement or disappointment. Players then have six months to get themselves signed up while handling necessary accommodations for travel.

The venue of choice tends to be a series of ballrooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but last year, participation was split between the LVCC and the Mandalay Bay, where the world finals for Street Fighter V was broadcast live on the ESPN network! Since then, it became impossible to ignore the monumental growth that the FGC has undergone since its inception decades ago. We’re hoping a similar occasion is in the works for this year!

The event was founded and is currently headed by Joey “MrWizard” Cuellar, Tom “Inkblot” Cannon and Tony “Ponder” Cannon. It will take place at the Mandalay Bay on July 14-16, 2017. Registration closes on June 30th with no possibility of on-site registration on the weekend of the event.

The following list of games has been revealed as the main lineup for EVO 2017:

  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros Wii-U
  • Super Smash Bros Melee
  • Injustice 2
  • King of Fighters XIV
  • Guilty Gear XRD Revelator 2
  • Blazblue: Central Fiction
  • Tekken 7
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (winner of EVO Player’s Choice donation drive)

Although the Marvel scene is to be commended for pushing for their favorite game to return to the World Stage for a final hurrah before the arrival of MvC Infinite, it must be acknowledged that the Pokken scene almost defeated them by a landslide during the donation drive that would determine EVO’s ninth game. However, the Marvel scene instantly delivered their counter by stepping up their donations, and they kept the lead during the race to the finish line. Pokken ultimately fell short, but the EVO team contributed $10,000 to their scene as a gesture of respect for their effort. Portions of that bonus have been contributed to DreamHack Austin and MomoCon thus far, and either other events will get their share of it as well.

Where do the player counts for each game currently stand? No exact numbers have been announced, but Mr Wizard dropped a post on Twitter to update the community about which games received more entrants than the others. The list is written in order from highest entrants to lowest and can be seen below.

As a glimpse into the magic that EVO has to offer, we’d like to point you towards this clip of the Blazblue Grand Finals from EVO 2014, featuring Dogura and Garireo. Enjoy!

If you want to experience the euphoria for yourself, we highly recommend registering now. The StreamMe team will be present at EVO for their Pop-Up Tour – details can be found here.

What’s highly important to note is that your EVO registration does not cover your seat for the Sunday finals at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. To attend the finals, you must purchase a separate ticket from the AXS website.

Will we see you in Vegas next month?! We certainly hope so! For more news on EVO, follow our blog and the pages below:

EVO Twitter
MrWizard’s Twitter
EVO 2017 SmashGG page
EVO Shoryuken Website