For those unaware of what Evolution(EVO) is, it’s the equivalent of the World Cup to fighting games and fanatics alike. Companies such as Capcom, SNK, and Namco host a tournament of their fighting games. With prize pools of $3000 dollars, players from all over the world come to Las Vegas, Nevada and compete in the hopes of winning EVO. It’s the longest running fighting tournament and embodies a great deal of the spirit of the fighting game community.
This is why this year, ESPN2 announced they’re going to show EVO2016 with a four hour time slot, recognizing competition fighting games tournaments as a sport. This year EVO2016 will be hosting:
- Street Fighter V
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Mortal Kombat X
- Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator,
- Pokken Tournament
- Super Smash Bros. Melee and Smash Bros for Wii U
- and finally, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.
Since this is an eSport, there are well known players and a lot of technical terminology used during the battles, but the concept of two people fighting shouldn’t be hard to grasp. When it comes to a clutching moment between a win or a lose, you know exactly how to react. There are plenty of great moments from EVO, such as the time Daigo parried an entire combo winning him the match , or when the odds are against you but you still give a fighting chance. It’s moments like these that make EVO such a thrilling experience. As you can see, you don’t need to know the players or the game itself to get a sense of what’s going on.
ESPN2 will be showing EVO on July 17th. There will also be online streams of the entire event(or specific games) throughout the weekend, this will last from July 15 to July 17 . If you miss EVO2016, no worries! Streams will be saved and availabe online, along with compilations of the best moments from the event. If you’re curious of the time slots you can check the schedule on the offical site.
So, uh – what do you bring to an eSports tailgate party?