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
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.