The Evolution Championship Series 2017, more popularly known as EVO 2017, will be packing a lot of heat for this year’s entrants. The popular video game fighting tournament will have new games and updates for the enjoyment of participants. This appears to be a move to step up from last year’s successful event.
Last year’s EVO 2016 smashed records when 14,000 competitors from all around the world competed on nine games. This includes Pokken Tournament and Killer Instinct. This figure is bigger than the seats of the venue, as the Mandalay Bay Events Center can only accommodate 12,000 seats. The record poses quite a challenge for EVO 2017.
EVO 2017 will be taking place on July 14 to 16, which means players have to practice for the new games that will be included in the championship. However, given quite the bountiful number of games at our disposal, what will be included? Most importantly, are they fit for the prestigious tournament?
New games, new updates
According to Game Rant, these are the eight games confirmed for the event so far:
- Street Fighter 5
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- King of Fighters XIV
- Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction
- Injustice 2
- Tekken 7
There will also be a ninth game that will be chosen by fans. They can vote for their favorite game can donate via Generosity, and their money will go to charity. The games that are up for fan voting will be:
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo
- Killer Instinct
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Pokken Tournament
- Mortal Kombat X
It can be noted that three of the games above will be released in a few months. These are Injustice 2, to be released in May, and Tekken 7 to be released in June. ARMS will be part of the Nintendo Switch launch games.
Interestingly, there is no Pokken Tournament in the list of official games. This is because a lot of competitors argued that the game had changes to be made in order to be “competitive.” Fans can still vote for it in order to be back in the lineup. Meanwhile, Capcom hopes the poor sales of Street Fighter V may be averted after its inclusion to the tournament lineup.
EVO 2017: History
According to ESPN, this year’s EVO is currently the world’s largest fighting game event. It features the most popular games of the time, with players competing for different prize pools. For instance, EVO 2015 holds a whopping $28,070 prize pool for all its seven events, with Ultimate Street Fighter IV giving out $72,270.
EVO 2002 is the original version of the competition. It included the top three games of the time, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Capcom vs. SNK 2. The chosen games for every year’s slate are based on historical value (such as Street Fighter) and trending games of the time.
EVO tournaments are built into three stages, which are qualification pools, the semifinals bracket and the tournament finals. Qualifiers divide players into pools of eight and play in a double elimination format. Two players are chosen for each pool to proceed.
In the semifinals bracket, the top two will also compete in a double elimination format. However, losses carry over from the qualifiers, meaning there’s a “winner’s” and “loser’s” bracket. The top eight from this round move to the finals. In the final round, the losses will once again carry over, and will conclude with only one man standing.