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EVO Japan 2018






by Cindy Wu

One of the biggest annual fighting game tournaments is finally coming to Japan! The Evolution Championship Series (Evo) is a video game tournament featuring competitive fighting games such as Street Fighter, Tekken, and Super Smash Bros.

Evo has been running since 2002 and since then it has gained in audience and competitors. Since 2005, the competition has been held in Las Vegas Valley. This year, Evo Japan will be held from January 26 - 28 at Akihabara UDX in Tokyo.

The games for Evo Japan will be Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, The King of Fighters XIV, and ARMS. Over five thousand players will compete against each other for first place in their respective games.

It is a chance for new or lesser known players overseas to make names for themselves. Even popular or sponsored players have a hard time getting money to play in big US tournaments. It's a huge game changer to finally host a widely popular fighting game tournament in Japan, the birth place of fighting games.

Hopefully, when fighting games become more popular worldwide, Evo can be held in other countries to give new players a chance and really change the fighting game scene.

There are other tournaments held outside the US, but most of these tournaments are not as big. Evo is one of the biggest tournaments and is able to attract people from all around the world because of its reputation.

Evo is not just about competition, it's about uniting the community. It is open to everyone and provides stations for free play. Evo is a great experience for anyone with a love for fighting games.








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