EVO 2016 Round 1 FIGHT
Keen on eSports? Interested at all in fighting games? Want to see some pretty strange things? Well EVO might be the event you should be keeping an eye out for.
EVO, the Evolution Championship Series, is the premier fighting game tournament that sees plays from the around the world come together to fight for glory. It is an exhibition of skill and fun as players and fans gather in the spirit of competition, making use of an open format to determine the champion of the weekend.
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EVO will be, unsurprisingly, returning in 2016. From the 15th to the 17th of July 2016 players and fans from around the world will be coming together in Las Vegas in one of the largest events for the fighting games community of the year.
Now I’ve only recently been properly getting in to fighting games, and while it’s been rather daunting, there is a great community of players in the scene who are eager to get new people in to their games and to improve the competition.
I did however loosely follow the last EVO, watching mostly Super Smash Bros and Mortal Kombat X, but what I did see while watching the streams was incredibly entertaining.
While of course it was difficult to often comprehend what was going on most of the time, the shoutcasters of EVO often made things interesting and enjoyable. Even if it wasn’t for the incredible shoutcasters, in what other event are you going to see two players take off their shirts and play topless in order to prove a point to one another? Or how about seeing a player make an incredible comeback, only to celebrate a little too prematurely and throw the entire game?
EVO, and fighting game tournaments in general just allow for a completely different eSports experience compared to watching say League of Legends or Counter Strike: Global Offensive. You tend to see more of a community coming out of these tournaments than those of the more mainstream competitive games. It’s also one of the few places you’ll still see CRT TVs being used so that’s cool as well.