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Evo, aka the Evolution Championship Series, the most hotly anticipated fighting game tournament of the year, is fast approaching. If you can’t make it out the Las Vegas and afford an incredibly expensive hotel room at Mandalay Bay, how are you supposed to watch the show? We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know for how to watch Evo 2019 online.
What games are being played at Evo 2019?
- Street Fighter V
- Smash Ultimate
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Tekken 7
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
- DragonBall FighterZ
- Soul Calibur 6
- Samurai Shodown
When is Evo 2019?
Evo 2019 starts officially on Aug. 2 and ends on Aug. 4. All times displayed are Pacific Time.
The Evo 2019 schedule is as follows:
Tournaments start at 10am PT. Evo is an open tournament, meaning anyone can enter and attempt to qualify for the finals. The day’s tournaments include Street Fighter V (Round 1), Smash Ultimate (Round 1), Mortal Kombat 11 (Round 1), Tekken 7 (Round 1), UNIST (Round 1), BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Round 1), Dragon Ball FighterZ (Round 1), Soul Calibur 6 (Round 1), and Samurai Shodown (Round 1).
Tournament Finals: Soul Calibur 6 at 8pm PT.
Tournaments start again at 10am PT. Street Fighter V (Round 2), Smash Ultimate (Round 2), Mortal Kombat 11 (Round 2), Tekken 7 (Round 2), UNIST (Round 2), BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Round 2), DragonBall FighterZ (Round 2), Samurai Shodown (Round 2).
Tournament Finals: Unist at 10am PT, Dragon Ball FighterZ at 1pm PT, Samurai Shodown at 4pm PT , Mortal Kombat 11 at 8pm PT.
August 4 – Evo Finale
9am PT – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
noon PT – Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
3:30pm PT – Tekken 7
7pm PT – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
How to watch Evo
Great news. Evo is basically free to watch on Twitch. Here’s Evo’s official Twitch channel. If you’re not a Twitch Prime subscriber, you might be subjected to ads every once in a while.
Evo also has secondary Twitch channels, like Evo1 and Evo2. Think of it like ESPN2. With so many fighting games to cover, it can be difficult to hit all of them, especially on day one and two of the tournaments.
Odds are that each individual game will have an Evo stream on their respective Twitch channels.
- CapcomFighters – Street Fighter V
- Bandai Namco – Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, DragonBall FighterZ
- ArcSystemWorks – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, UNIST
- SNK – Samurai Shodown
- NetherRealm – Mortal Kombat 11
- Nintendo – Super Smash Ultimate
How do I keep track of competitors?
You can find a consistently updated bracket at Smash.gg. The layout of the bracket is based on the pool format the tournament uses and is then updated for each round the tournament is on.
What to look out for at Evo 2019
This will be the first year that Street Fighter V isn’t the final (or even second-to-last) game played at Evo. Instead, it’s the well-received Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We’re not sure what Evo organizers’ decision-making process was for that one, but it definitely promises a different vibe for the finals this year.
Similarly, Soul Calibur 6 will be wrapped up on Day 1, but this is our first year seeing it at Evo since it released well after Evo 2018. That’s a bit of a bummer. Soul Calibur 6 is regarded as a really strong rebirth of the franchise after it struggled to maintain player interest with its fourth and fifth installments.
Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat 11 are even more new. Samurai Shodown released just last month, while Mortal Kombat released this past April. It’ll be interesting to see how player interest in Mortal Kombat turns out considering Mortal Kombat X fared well; 11 is generally regarded as a strong refinement of X’s more fundamental changes.
Evo 2019 Prize Pool
Evo 2019 features a prize pool that’s based on the number of entrants. So while you’re still making some serious dough, the tournament is perhaps more about honor and fame.
Here’s Evo’s official description of how its system works.
“Evo awards cash prizes to the top eight places at a rate proportional to the number of attendees. Ten dollars from the registration fee of each participant will go into a tournament prize pool, which will be awarded to the top finishers at a 60/20/10/4/2/2/1/1 split. For example, if 300 people enter a tournament, the total prize pool for that tournament will be $3000 ($300 x 10), paying out $1800 to first place (60% of $3000), $600 to second place (20% of $3000), and $300 to third place (10% of $3000), and so on.”
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Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.