Ultra Street Fighter IV Final Smashes EVO Viewership Record
The 2015 EVO Championship Series was the fighting game tournament's biggest year on record according to early returns. GamesIndustry reports that more than 250,000 viewers tuned in to watch the Ultra Street Fighter IV finals between Momochi (as Evil Ryu) and GamerBee (as Adon).
The final showdown sparked controversy when Momochi's Razer fight stick lost its connection after his first-round win, which according to tournament rules required a forfeiture of the second round. GamerBee wasn't able to capitalize on this turn of events, however, and Momochi emerged victorious while using the Mad Catz replacement stick provided by EVO. Doing so earned him the $33,000 purse.
You can watch the finals here:
The fighting community may be smaller than most other competitive gaming genres – the League of Legends finals drew 27 million viewers last year – but the audience is growing thanks to the exhilarating match play.