EVO 2013 to draw record number of attendees

World's largest fighting game tournament expecting to host record number of competitors and spectators at event this weekend.

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The world’s largest fighting game tournament, the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) scheduled to take place this weekend at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is set to hold a record-number of competitors and spectators, EVO organizers tell GameSpot. EVO has exploded in growth since the 2009 release of Capcom's Street Fighter IV, continuing from last year's record numbers.

Image credit: Credit Kara Leung

There are 6,097 tournament entries this year across all nine games, which include Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Mortal Kombat 9, Persona 4 Arena, and King of Fighters XIII.

EVO founder Tom Cannon says this should be between 4,000 and 5,000 individual players [Ed. Note: this figure is actually 3,538 exactly, still a record-breaking figure]. Not only does this surpass last year's EVO, it also makes it the most competitors at a single event in competitive gaming and eSports history. Competitors will play over 30,000 matches over the three days.

"I think the numbers just go to show that fighting game fans love to compete," Cannon told GameSpot. "Most of our players know they have almost no shot at winning the tournament. They use the experience to see how they measure up against the best in the world. The open bracket is incredibly important for us. It comes from our arcade roots, where anyone with a quarter could step up and try to knock of the guy on that cabinet."

EVO has also sold more spectator passes than in any year previously, with the finals on Sunday having sold out months ago. While EVO has found a solution to sell tickets at the door on Friday and Saturday, it will just not be possible on Sunday.

"At a certain point we all figured it couldn't get any bigger, but every year the players and fans defy expectations," Cannon said regarding the unexpected growth of the event each year. "It's been really rewarding and inspiring to have been a part of something that's lasted for so long and grown into a giant celebration of these great games and competitive gaming in general."

Players from over 51 countries will be attending this year's EVO, featuring the world’s best fighting game players across multiple titles. Reigning Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Champions Sun Woo "Infiltration" Lee and Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez will return to defend their titles.

Multiple-time and game EVO Champion, Street Fighter legend Daigo Umehara, looks to take back the crown from Infiltration, while the world's current best Marvel player Christopher "NYChrisG" Gonzalez looks for his first EVO gold.

EVO will be holding a 3v3 exhibition for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition featuring teams from Japan, North America, South Korea, South America, Europe, China, and the Far East. The streaming schedule has been released for all games throughout the weekend. EVO 2013 will be broadcast on TwitchTV through Team Spooky and IPlayWinner on three separate channels. They have created a viewing guide for the weekend.

The schedule had changed yesterday when Nintendo of America decided to abruptly deny the right for EVO to stream Super Smash Bros. This follows a course of action from 2010 which saw Nintendo of America do the same to competitive gaming organizer Major League Gaming, attempting to broadcast Super Smash Bros Brawl at their Orlando event.

The fighting game and competitive gaming community responded quickly and explosively against the decision, one that would have removed the game after supporters helped raise almost $95,000 for charity earlier this year to see the game included in the tournament. Within hours, Nintendo of America reversed their decision.

"I've just received word from Nintendo that the EVO Smash Bros. Melee stream will be allowed to proceed," Cannon said. "We will be restoring the original stream and tournament schedules. Obviously this is a huge [relief] for all of us here and we're thrilled that the world will get to see the best Smash players fight it out this weekend. Thanks to everyone online who supported both EVO and Smash."

GameSpot will be in Las Vegas providing live coverage of EVO 2013 with featured host, fighting game ambassador Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez. Follow it all weekend long at GameSpot's eSports hub.

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Discussion

61 comments
crushbrain
crushbrain

I cannot even begin to fathom what the room smelled like while they posed for that picture.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

They are just going to hate me at work this weekend........

Aletunda
Aletunda

lol at the picture for the story "nerd powers unite!!!" haha nah good stuff guys

TheArcade
TheArcade

Killer Instinct new character reveal at EVO had better involve Orchid and/or TJ Combo!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'll be watching this weekend, Looking forward to the KoF and P4A finals 

xZhuu
xZhuu

#fuckslasher

arisgald
arisgald

Cant wait for the streams!!!!..... 

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

I'll be watching the stream and will be looking at all the announcements on Eventhubs. I'm ready for the hype. 

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

Attend now for a free sample of Proactiv!

riotinto876
riotinto876

Nintento keeps digging a deeper and deeper grave.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Cool!

Go Go Filipino Champ. Who is the champ? Filipino Champ!

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Yeah evo is pretty awesome its the one fighting game event I watch off and on all weekend. I wish they had super turbo though I dont really play a lot of these games besides street fighter 4

pidow
pidow

Looks like fun!.

rome_tx
rome_tx

Should be a fun weekend. Definitely looking forward to SSF4, P4A, and Injustice.  KOF was crazy last year too.

Scorpid77
Scorpid77

Love EVO, I'd hope we see more of it during the year, a-la SC2.

monster637
monster637

looking forward to injustice, king of fighter 13 , tekken tag, p4 arena, sf4 see " ah fugg it as usual i enjoy it all, marvel, i even look forward to seeing how smash does, wish Doa 5 had better turn out, hope there is a side stream

 

Talis12
Talis12

If theres any esports competition out there that shows how great the gaming community is, its EVO. The sound of the crowd going wild raises hairs on my arms every time. Its good to be a gamer. Cant wait for this weekend.

RJLateralus
RJLateralus

Won't be able to attend this year but still...

Hyped and ready for the weekend, I'm gonna buy some fat stakes, a box of Asahi Beer and watch the finals with my girlfriend (who already threatened me to not forget to include her in my EVO weekend). Can't wait.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

The bottom of the picture should say "NERDS UNITE.ORG"! 

King9999
King9999

Not even Nintendo can contain the hype.

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

Can't wait for this.  Last year's ssf4 finals were very exciting.

d3chu
d3chu

Lol that EVO moments video never gets old. All that passion looks like so much fun!

gothemile
gothemile

I came here because of the huge tits on the girl wearing orange...oh wait.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

Hmm, so this is how excited people who don't care about strategy games feel about starcraft tournaments.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

I would like to see these people duke it out in actual combat. It would be more fun to watch.

monster637
monster637

@WantYouBad you talk mad shit for a guy thats on this site everyday way to fucking much,, i come to check the news every couple of days and you are everywhere and in every thread every day,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,dont give these mofos shit , they leave there house

ciphfer
ciphfer

Now that was classic!

sanchango
sanchango

@riotinto876 how? They changed their minds, in what way are they digging a deeper grave?

Kyere
Kyere

@Talis12 I definitely agree, especially since the camaraderie is much higher with a lot less immature and stereotypical behavior we see throughout the rest of the professional gaming circles out there.

ThreeVo
ThreeVo

@Faye_Tallity that entire premise of that photo/pose was at the request of Yoshinori ono, the man responsible for bringing fighting games back into the limelight via fighting VERY hard to convince his superiors at capcom to give him the go to produce and direct a street fighter sequel ala Street fighter 4...


WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@monster637 I don't mind taking 10 minutes out of my day to post, maybe you just like me so much that I'm the only one you notice, and you love how intelligent I am and think to yourself,    "Wow, he must be sexy too." 

But come on, that was a good comment.

ThreeVo
ThreeVo

@monster637 ahmen man....  

all the while hes ranting and whining over dota2 vs LoL articles.... 

get real guy..

ThreeVo
ThreeVo

@sanchango @riotinto876 well im willing to bet its when the reality dawned on them that the only reason it was to be streamed in the first place was by a player vote that contributed to breast cancer research.


monster637
monster637

@WantYouBad truth it was, but these mofos leave there house, the have meet ups , have local tourneys every week , and head to vegas to spend 3 days partying there assz off and to play against the best in the world for 3 days of debauchery and competition, save it for the moba crowd or the CODers on that easy mode games

monster637
monster637

@ThreeVo instead you replied to my name giving me a notice your replying to me,, it happens

monster637
monster637

@ThreeVo @monster637 Lol i did some 3 am to 4 am rants delirious reading news an threads,,, i wont be here every fucking day ,every hour like wantyoubad, this mofo here alllllllll Day.......247 and dropping shit talk on Nerds GTFO.

i wont do another rambling for weeks , this mofo will be here all day all night he dont play games he plays gamespot