EVO Online 2020 Cuts Smash Bros. On The Way To Becoming An Online Event
EVO 2020 has moved online as COVID-19 makes in-person tournaments impossible, and one game did not make the cut.
EVO has announced EVO Online 2020, a replacement for the sadly no-longer-viable annual EVO competition, which was canceled due to COVID-19. EVO, the biggest annual event for professional fighting game players, will take place over five weekends and seven games. Additionally, there is an online open tournament that features some games that weren't scheduled to be included in EVO 2020 originally, so you can try going up against the best in the world and see how you stack up.
But while EVO will still happen, there's been a casualty--Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been cut from the line-up. While no official reason is given, it's almost certainly due to Nintendo's infamously poor online infrastructure, which is not up to the standards necessarily for professional competition.
Here's the EVO Online 2020 line-up:
- Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Tekken 7
- Street Fighter V Champion Edition
- SoulCalibur VI
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus
- Samurai Shodown
On top of this, there will also be four open online tournaments, which anyone can jump into. If you've long believed that you're the best in the world at Killer Instinct, now's your chance to prove it. Here's the line-up for the open tournaments:
- Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
- Killer Instinct (2013)
- Them's Fighting Herds
- Skullgirls Encore
You can expect more details about how to enter these tournaments at a later date; to stand a chance, though, you'll want to start training now.
The event will run over the following weekends across July and August:
- July 4-5
- July 11-12
- July 18-19
- July 25-26
- July 31-August 2
EVO usually sees several announcements, either for new games or DLC--last year, Guilty Gear Strive was unveiled. Hopefully we'll see some news out of this year's online tournament too.
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