Gaming’s premier fighting tournament Evolution Championship Series 2018 (EVO 2018) starts today and promises a weekend packed with the best head to head fighting bouts of the year. The sixteenth edition of the longest-running fighting competition is set to be the biggest yet and is a world away from its humble beginnings in broken down arcades over two decades ago.
Players and fans are taking to the Las Vegas strip and specifically the Mandalay Bay to take part in a selection of hottest the fighting titles around as well as many classics. Official games are as follows: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2, and Injustice 2.
An estimated 10,000 players are scheduled to take part in these main open format events. Both seasoned pros and skilled amateurs take part. Preliminary rounds on Friday/Saturday leading to grand finals on Saturday/Sunday depending on the game. Check out the full schedule below.
Beyond the competitive side, EVO has booths, conferences, and relaxed open play setups for those wanting to meet like-minded fighting game enthusiasts.EVO 2018 is also ideal stomping ground for fighting game developers who use the event to plug new games and features, or even make surprise announcements. Expect goodies from the big three in fighting games, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Nintendo, as well as a host of indie gems.
As you’d expect the whole event is being streamed live on Twitch where you can catch all the action. EVO has also arranged game-specific streams for those who prefer to focus their attention of their favorite fighters.
To celebrate EVO 2018, Steam is running a flash sale on a bunch of great fighting games including Dragon Ball FighterZ, while games like Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7 are free for the weekend. If you’ve ever been tempted to try these, now is the time.