EVO JAPAN 2019 – Everything You Need to Know

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The Evolution Championship Series (also known as EVO) is the biggest and longest-running e-sports annual event in the world that mainly focuses on fighting games.

EVO JAPAN 2019 (15-17 Feb) features a lineup of the most popular fighting games bringing together the best of the best players from around the globe for one dazzling exhibition of skills and fun. EVO also gathers thousands of game enthusiasts to watch the best players compete and claim the sweet spot of victory. This year’s tournament is called Evolution Championship Series: Japan 2019 or simply EVO Japan 2019.  Read below for more information on the event such as the competition schedule, venue and of course prizes!!


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Tekken 7

Tekken 7 is a fighting game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. This is the ninth installment in the Tekken franchise. This game sets after the events of Tekken 6. The story mainly focuses on the events that lead to the final battle between Heihachi Mishima and his son, Kazuya.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a mix of four franchise united together for one sizzling fighting game. It includes characters from Arc System Works’ BlazBlue, Atlus’ Persona 4 Arena, French Bread’s Under Night In-Birth, & Rooster Teeth’s RWBY. “The Collision is inevitable. The Impact will be unavoidable. The time to intersect is nigh.” Are you ready for an extreme battle here in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle?

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SoulCalibur VI

SoulCalibur VI is set in the 16th century as it revisits the events of the first SoulCalibur game to unveil the hidden truth. For the first time in the franchise’s history, players will witness a stunning and jaw-dropping 3D character models, visual effects, and stages rendered in Unreal Engine 4.

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The King of Fighters XIV

The development team behind The King of Fighters XIV remains the games’ classic 3 vs. 3 battle system and added some notable changes to the fighting game. From streamlining controls to improving the Combo and MAX Mode mechanics, the developers have worked up to their limits to bring hardcore fans and newcomers to the most competitive, but a convenient, game in KOF history.

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Street Fighter V Arcade Edition

As a celebration to Capcom’s 30th-anniversary, the company released the major updated version of Street Fighter V in its Arcade Edition. This edition will have 6 Arcade Battles and will follow the stories of the 5 Street Fighter franchise. layers will go back to the memory lane as you play these paths because each of the paths will only be playable by characters that are available in their respective installment.

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Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2

Sharpen your skills with a diverse cast of 25 fighters and prove your strength as the ultimate fighting master here in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2. The game includes all previously released DLC from -REVELATOR- as well as new fighters, moves, story chapters and more! It’s never been a better time to be a 2.5D brawler in the post-apocalypse!

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Now that we have introduced to you the main line up for the event, let’s now get into the general details of EVO Japan 2019. From the venue to schedules, prizes, and more. Let’s get it started!


Venue

EVO Japan 2019 is taking place on Fukuoka, Japan, specifically at Fukuoka Kokusai Center (2-2,Chikkohon-cho, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City).


Schedule

The tournament will run from February 15th to February 17th, 2019. You can find the schedules below, via evojapan.net.

DAY 1 Qualification: Feb 15, 2019 (JST) Door Open 12:00 am / Start 13:00 – admission fee
DAY 2 Qualification / Finals Feb 16, 2019 (JST) Door Open 9:00 am / Start 10:00 – admission fee
DAY 3 FINALS Feb 17, 2019 (JST) Door Open 8:00 am / Start 9:00 – Tickets required

Main Tournament Titles

Last July, before the EVO 2018 in Las Vegas took place, EVO organizers announced that EVO Japan is making its return in 2019 along with its venue and schedule.

After a few months, before the year 2019 came, the EVO organizers officially revealed the six main game titles that will be headlining the largest game tournament. You can check it out below.

As you can see from the announcement above, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, SoulCalibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters 14, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 are the six main entries that will make up EVO Japan 2019.

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But, as you probably noticed, there were two big titles that didn’t make its way to the list of the big event. And these games are none other than the massively popular titles Super Smash Bros. and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Both games were stormed by an incredibly high number of players upon its release. Especially for Super Smash Bros. considering that its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. 4 was part of EVO Japan 2018 main games.

With this, EVO director of global business development, Mark “MarkMan” Julio had this to say:

Mark Julio: “Not every title was included in the main event that we originally hoped for. We couldn’t get approval from the publisher/owner. As unfortunate as this may be, we will still be supporting the communities and events at Evo Japan 2019 — more information on that later.”


Side Tournaments

Nevertheless, there will also be six game titles that will be part of the event’s side tournaments. And guess what? Dragon Ball FighterZ made it to the list of the event’s side tournaments! Check it out below along with the other titles.

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Prizes

Of course, this competition is not possible if without the reward for the best players that will shine in the competition. You can check out the awards below, via evojapan.net.

Total prize money:10 Million Yen

TEKKEN 7
Total prize:3 Million Yen
First Prize 1.5 Million yen / Second Prize 600 thousand yen/Third Prize 300 thousand yen
4th Prize 180 thousand yen/5th,6th Prize 12 thousand yen/7th,8th Prize 9 thousand yen

BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE
Total prize:1 Million Yen
First Prize 500 thousand yen / Second Prize 200 thousand yen/Third Prize 100 thousand yen
4th Prize 60 thousand yen/5th,6th Prize 40 thousand yen/7th,8th Prize 30 thousand yen

SOULCALIBUR VI
Total prize:1 Million Yen
First Prize 500 thousand yen / Second Prize 200 thousand yen/Third Prize 100 thousand yen
4th Prize 60 thousand yen/5th,6th Prize 40 thousand yen/7th,8th Prize 30 thousand yen

THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV
Total prize:1 Million Yen
First Prize 500 thousand yen / Second Prize 200 thousand yen/Third Prize 100 thousand yen
4th Prize 60 thousand yen/5th,6th Prize 40 thousand yen/7th,8th Prize 30 thousand yen

STREET FIGHTER V ARCADE EDITION
Total prize:3 Million Yen
First Prize 1.5 Million yen / Second Prize 600 thousand yen/Third Prize 300 thousand yen
4th Prize 180 thousand yen/5th,6th Prize 12 thousand yen/7th,8th Prize 9 thousand yen

GUILTY GEAR Xrd REV 2
Total prize:1 Million Yen
First Prize 500 thousand yen / Second Prize 200 thousand yen/Third Prize 100 thousand yen
4th Prize 60 thousand yen/5th,6th Prize 40 thousand yen/7th,8th Prize 30 thousand yen


Did You Know That?

  • The Evolution Championship Series was originally called Battle by the Bay and held a 40-man Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Alpha 2 tournament in 1996 in Sunnyvale, California.
  • The event changed its name in 2002 to Evolution Championship Series or EVO.
  • EVO was founded by Tom Cannon who is also known for his work on a fighting game website, Shoryuken.com.
  • Originally, arcade cabinets were used in the tournament and converted to console systems in 2004, mostly played on PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • Aside from the official tournaments, there is also a “Bring Your Own Console,” (BYOC) area wherein various games and side tournaments are played.

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