Mandalay Bay will serve as the fighting game community’s epicenter from Aug. 2-4 because the Evolution Championship Series (EVO)— the largest fighting game tournament for pro players—will return for another round of incredibly hype matches.
EVO’s massive appeal is easy to recognize: Attendees go to watch the tournament action, meet their favorite players, mingle with commentators and experience the expo-like atmosphere with plenty of apparel companies, arcade stick manufactures and creators all participating.
In recent years, EVO has adopted the mantle of “the E3 of fighting games.” Whenever the developers behind a popular fighter want to show the world what’s next for their title, they tend to release that information during EVO weekend. This year’s E3 was pretty light on anything regarding fighting games, which makes way for EVO to give fighting game fans a lot to look forward to.
If any of these announcements come our way in August, jaws will fall to the floor.