Sony and RTS announced a few hours ago that they had acquired the organizers of the Evolution Championship Series, better known as EVO, the most important fighting game tournament. Tony and Tom Cannon, co-founders of EVO said the “collaboration will further boost EVO as the premier fighting game championship and foster the continued growth of the community of competitive gamers across all platforms”, while not vetoing the participation in games that are not present on PlayStation. However, the next edition has announced the main games –Guilty Gear: Strive, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Tekken 7-, with the absence of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from Nintendo.
Also very important to note. @EVO is still open to all platforms. The teams at PlayStation and RTS are enabling us to continue working with our community to support fighting games. https://t.co/NKMQUSvkfj— Mark Julio (マークマン) (@MarkMan23) March 18, 2021
In a statement from a spokesperson, Nintendo wished the organizers the best and assures that continue evaluating EVO and other types of tournaments, while planning their online and offline tournaments of Super Smash Bros., which does not close the door to Ultimate in EVO even if there are 4 own events.
2020 was not easy for EVO
Last year was difficult for EVO, as it was for many other public events. COVID-19 prevented its celebration in person as usual, and the online version EVO Online was canceled between allegations of sexual abuse. Before these incidents, Super Smash Bros. had already been withdrawn from the main competition, to the surprise of the fans, in a move that was understood as a consequence of the game’s online problems.
“Fighting games have been a vital part of the legacy of PlayStation and our community from the beginning and we are delighted to partner with the EVO every year.”said Steven Roberts, Sony’s vice president of competitive gaming. “This joint acquisition with RTS marks a new chapter of collaboration with EVO founders Tom and Tony Cannon and their passionate fighting game fan community.”