The Evolution Championship Series has grown to a massive scale in the past 5 years. As a fighting game fan and former competitor I was extremely excited to attend this year after a few year break. I was taken back by the scale of this year’s event. This is without a doubt the Superbowl of fightings games.
The tournament will host thousands of entrants from all over the world this year in a variety of games.
“The official game lineup this year consists of Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.”
The venue was broken down in a way where anyone can jump in and play. Whether you want to play some casual matches in your favorite game or jump in to try and take the crown from the reigning champ. Evo is unique in that anyone can meet and enjoy a match or two. It is very common in this tournament for an established champion to face off against a new player with a unique play style and be taken down.
EVO has something for all walks of gaming life, they boast a variety of events and panels to cater to everyone’s enjoyment, whether you come to root on your favorite fighter or show off that cosplay you have been working on, everyone is welcome.
EVO is also a way for you to try out up and coming games. I was able to get my hands on and try out the newly announced “Dragonball FighterZ” and “Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite” which will be replacing “Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3” after this year’s event. Indie developers and artist have a chance to showcase their projects as well.
This is by far the biggest fighting game tournament in the world, with competitors coming together in Las Vegas every year to showcase their skill, but it is also so much more, it brings a community together that would otherwise only have an online presence. It has come a long way from the tiny venue in Sunnyvale to now filling convention centers here in Las Vegas and even being show on ESPN. If you are ever able to attend, it is highly recommended.
If you are interested in seeing a big more, check out my vlog style coverage from the convention below.