The lights are on
The biggest fighting game tournament of the year is already underway and will be continuing through the championships on Sunday. EVO has once again proven that it is one of the biggest eSports events of the year. Today, over 5,000 of the best players in the world have converged on Las Vegas to compete for honor, glory, and over $100,000 in the various fighting games.
The games making appearances this year are:
- Soul Calibur V
- Street Fighter X Tekken Finals
- Mortal Kombat
- King of Fighters XIII
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
There will also be side streams of:
- Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
- Persona 4 Arena
- Melty Blood
- Guilty Gear
The tournament schedule and streaming hub can be found here.
One of the exciting aspects of this year’s EVO, other than it being on track to smash previous attendance and viewing records, is that a scholarship program is being introduced for gamers pursuing a degree in game design, game development, or computer science at an accredited university. Pay-for-view HD streaming of the tournament will fund the scholarship. Tom Cannon, SRK founder and president, as well as EVO co-founder even promised to fund the scholarship out of his own pocket if pay-for-view fails to cover costs.
Cannon’s full statement regarding the scholarship can be read here.
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These competitions are just like every day in the arcades when I was a kid.
Wow... this will be quite the event.
I would rather play these myself.
Been streaming the fights all day today and the matches already impress! Some incredible individuals behind those fighting sticks
they forgot super uber street fighter ultra power turbo edition.
I'm surprisingly more interested in the "side" streams. Virtua Fighter 5 and BlazBlue are my favorite fighters this gen. And Persona 4 Arena I'm really excited for as well.
Over 5000 people? That's pretty good number.
Only really interested in BB! LORDKNIGHT!!
Awww...no Skullgirls live stream :( Oh well....I'll be watching the main and side tournaments.
I'd like to know where I would rank in some of these games.
Good luck to a friend that's competing in the Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition side of things.
Virtua Fighter is what I'm interested in
Scholarships for people looking to get into the gaming industry? That's amazing! This is the 1st time I've seen something like that happening. Kudos to EVO and Tom for providing for the fans/gamers.
No love for Starcraft 2's Homestory Cup? :(