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EVO 2019 – The World’s Largest Fighting Game Event


If you’ve never heard of it, EVO is a yearly convention in which thousands of fighting game competitors gather from all over the world to compete in their preferred fighting game title all at the same venue – the largest event of the year for everyone invested in the genre! Following the announcement that slightly under 10,000 competitors have applied, a feat only surpassed by 2016’s iteration of the event, I’ve gathered all the details one should know about EVO 2019!

Here’s the trailer for this year’s event!

As I said, applications open to international participants have only just closed, with statistics finalising a competitor count of 9,173 total across all 9 titles involved. Compared to last year, it’s a considerable improvement by roughly 20 per cent. With that being said, every single one of the many contestants will be present at the Evolution Championship Series this year, taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of August – parallel with our own Nova Series. Superstars such as SonicFox will be present and hungry to compete – competitors prove themselves at EVO. There are plenty of opportunities too; take a look at the list of titles at the event:

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Street Fighter V
  • Tekken 7
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Soulcalbur VI
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Under Night In-Birth

Practically, all the best brawler and fighter titles will find their way on the mainstage. Tekken 7 is of particular interest, bearing in mind the fact that there is a Maltese community supporting the title; who’ll be competing at the Nova Series in our WESG tournament. There’s no better chance to learn new fighting techniques than EVO, and I’m sure our local talent will be keeping their eyes peeled in order to make it to the WESG EU Qualifier!

Last year’s Super Smash Bros. Melee Champion Leffen claiming victory

EVO is a ridiculously complex event; details for each and every single tournament are available here. Prize pools are spread according to the popularity of the title and streams will also be available for each and every tournament – with one mainstream highlighting main stage battles.

We’re sure our local fighting game community, together with the international one, will enjoy EVO 2019 while competing at the Nova Series simultaneously! Let us know which tournament you’re most interested in through the comments below.

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