EVO 2012 draws record number of entrants

Next weekend's competitive fighting game event will see 3,500 challengers battle it out for $100,000 in cash in Super Street Fighter IV, Mortal Kombat, and more.

The EVO 2012 World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, next weekend will be the biggest in the event's history, EVO co-founder and Shoryuken.com president Tom "inkblot" Cannon told GameSpot.

The crowd is glued to the action at EVO 2011.

"We will have over 3,500 competitors (actual human beings), which is a record for us," Cannon said. "I estimate another 4,000-6,000 spectators, but it's impossible to say accurately as it's free to attend except Sunday."

Among the record number of challengers at the event will be Team MadCatz's Daigo "The Beast" Umehara and Evil Geniuses' Justin Wong. There were 2,500 competitors in 2011, and approximately 1,700 in 2010. Not only is this year's number of competitors the most ever, it's also the biggest jump from one year to the next.

This year's EVO Championships will have more support from developers and publishers than ever before as well, setting a record amount of prize money for the event with more than $100,000 at stake. Capcom leads the way with $25,000 for Super Street Fighter IV, $15,000 for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and $9,000 for Street Fighter X Tekken. Warner Bros. is supporting with a $23,000 purse for last year's Mortal Kombat, and Sega will be there with $15,000 for the best Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown players. Prize money will be paid out to the top eight finishers in each game, awarding those who may not win, but still beat out hundreds if not thousands on the way there.

"The record prize pool is fantastic for the players," Cannon said. "It's also a real testament to the support the developers have for the in-person and online communities that form around their games. In my opinion the money isn't going to make anyone play harder. These guys do it for the love of the game and the competition."

The stream will once again be provided by Team Spooky and IPlayWinner, while EVO and TwitchTV have built a custom player for simultaneous viewing. You can test it and view the full stream schedule at Shoryuken.

Super Street Fighter IV will have a $25,000 prize pool in honor of the series' 25th anniversary.

For the first time at EVO, would-be spectators will be able to purchase a high-quality 720p streaming video option, with EVO donating all of the proceeds of the HD stream to the formation of a new EVO $10,000 scholarship for gamers. Cannon feels so strongly about this that he has personally guaranteed the $10,000, no matter how well the HD stream does.

"Scholarships is something we've wanted to do for a long time. We just had to figure out the right way to pull it off," said Cannon, who wants to do this every year. "We wanted to make a big statement that gaming communities can be positive experiences for young people, not a waste of time or negative as often portrayed in the media. It is a much stronger statement to say that 100 percent of the PPV goes to college scholarships, instead of saying, 'Some goes, but some goes in our pockets.'"

As Cannon said, "EVO is fundamentally about competition and community. Players come from around the world to test their mettle against the best, but also to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and share their passion for these games with their fellow gamers. I think this is a message that really resonates with gamers. Every year EVO gets bigger. This year, with our record prize pool and new scholarship, I'm glad that we've upped the ante in both the competitive and community aspects."

EVO takes place July 6-8 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Check back with GameSpot for more coverage from the event.

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IndridCipher
IndridCipher

I hope Injustice Gods Amongst Us is played in some capacity at the event.  That is my most anticipated game of the year and i'd love to see the pros get to work with it and show it off in front of the crowd there.

Jebril
Jebril

I'll be cheering for the Americans, I always get hype when Daigo loses, but I love seeing him play so hey either way it'll be sweet. Looking forward to some amazing matches, Spooky getting mentioned on Gamespot is hype lol.

Lucarita26
Lucarita26

I lived the last battle is was owesome!!!

majere613
majere613

Shoryuken.com president Tom "inkblot" Cannon: EVO spectators not "actual human beings"...

cjimrun
cjimrun

I'll grab the HD stream just to support the cause.  I can't believe that I may live to see a day when people go to school on e-sports scholarships.

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

So excited for EVO, hoping to see great matches some major hype and hopefully Yipes on the mic!

Codebreaker-X
Codebreaker-X

Evo 2012 and UFC 148 happening in Las Vegas during the same weekend? Maybe I should have requested to take some vacation time in advance.

FinalKloud
FinalKloud

No BlazBlue is a fail in my book.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Ill be watching most of the weekend, love me some MvC and KoF

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Wow, will Poongko be there? Can't wait to see awesome matches. 8-)

DeIuxe
DeIuxe

who is the best sf player in the world?

shadow_Dragon06
shadow_Dragon06

Man, I wanna be there. I'll just stick to watching the stream. I'm so hype for this.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Damn, jealous I can't be there to watch. :(

 

Hopefully, GS will be doing some live coverage from there and they shoot us some feeds.

leimonides
leimonides

They have really made this quite an event indeed. It's very nice to here that they have been able to get to a point where they can offer what they offer, do this scholarship, and have such developer support. Good sh*t.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am surprised that this event is that big.  People still take Capcom fighters seriously?  Even after their paid-2-win DLC?

TheDuskwalker
TheDuskwalker

Since gamespot left out 2 of the games. KOFXIII jackpot is $11,000, and SoulCalibur V is the lowest at only $5,000.

LightSora93
LightSora93

Looking awesome, going to be watching the entire weekend. Might even spring for the HD pass, even though $12 is more than $8.95.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

VF5, SFIV, UMvC3, MK, SFxT.  Looking forward to seeing some great matches from all of these titles and their respective players!

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

 @Codebreaker-X >:o! Had I known I would have!  I was debating going to EVO this year because there was no Blizzcon but not enough of my friends wanted to go so I didn't bother... dammit had I know Anderson Silva was going to be fighting at the same time I definately would have went!

Jebril
Jebril

 @DeIuxe It's too close to call, so much has changed since last Evo. The most recent huge tourney being CEO Justin Wong demolished everyone in both UMvC3 and SF:AE2012, not only getting first in both, but not losing one set in either winning out of winners for both. 

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

 @PumpkinBoogie www.twitch.tv/teamspooky will have a stream of the entire event, with side streams provided by IPlayWinner.  Pretty much all majors and big exhibitions are streamed in the FGC now so the "Super Bowl" for them is definately going to be streamed GET HYPE!!! :D

echoexit
echoexit

 @nurnberg Nobody is taking SFxT seriously until Capcom fixes it, IF they decide to fix it. Everyone's playing Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel 3 for the most part.

tilroy
tilroy

 @nurnberg 1) It's not just capcom fighters. 2)What pay to win DLC? The only thing close to that is gems in SFxT, but they're banned for the tourneys so they dont matter. 3)I agree that capcom games have competition issues, but you'd be surprised how things work out.

besighyawn
besighyawn

 @nurnberg if you're talking about SFxT, then yeah that was a blunder. That game isn't very popular and isn't even getting much stream time at EVO. But umvc3 and sf4, those games are just too popular in the fighting game community for them to not go away until direct sequels are made of them

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

 @LightSora93 Probably going to get teh HD stream too.  I was honestly hoping they'd charge 8.95 for it for lulz lol