If you’re just a regular fan of fighting games, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Evo. There is no shortage of fighting game tournaments that happen every year, but Evo is by far the largest, attracting tens of thousands of viewers from all over and hosting arcs for multiple fighting games. Sony today announced that it has acquired Evo through a joint partnership with a new company called RTS.
This is a very big deal for the esports scene, but it doesn’t look like much will change at the tournament itself. Sony says Evo founders Tom and Tony Cannon “will remain closely involved in an advisory role to ensure Evo continues to serve the fighting game community and support its vibrant growth.” The company also says it will look to improve Evo’s “global reach, size, and fan engagement”.
Sony has also used this announcement to confirm the dates for Evo 2021, which will happen again online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Evo Online 2021 will take place from August 6-8 and August 13-15. The games in Tap for Evo Online 2021 are Tekken 7And the Street Fighter V: The Hero EditionAnd the Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, And the Guilty Gere worked hard. Sony also says the qualifiers will be streamed live online, but we’ll have to wait for more words on when this will happen.
Avid readers will notice that there isn’t any Super Smash Bros. Games in the Evo 2021 lineup. This doesn’t appear to be Sony’s sinister plot to diminish the visibility of Nintendo games, such as Melee He was dropped from the tournament in 2019 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate Not really ideal for an online tournament due to the various lag and latency issues with Nintendo Switch Online.
Sony, for its part, says it will focus on “preserving the authenticity” of Evo and keeping the tournament “open competition”, so once the Evo events are in person again, we can probably expect a comeback. Super Smash Bros. And other fighting games. For now, though, we’ll see what Sony will do with Evo in August, so we’ll keep hearing Earth for more details.