What To Watch For This Weekend At Evo 2017, The World’s Largest Fighting Game Tournament

The latest instalment of Capcom’s flagship franchise, Street Fighter 5 has been on a bit of a roller coaster since releasing last year. Various issues plagued the game at launch, and while a handful of patches have corrected these setbacks, stigma still looms. That said, the developers have continued to wholeheartedly throw their support behind the competitive community, and have provided an additional $US50,000 ($64,668) to the Evo 2017 prize pool.

Problems aside, Street Fighter 5‘s early legacy has been marked by a truly global competitive community.

It can typically be expected for Japan to dominate high-level play in pretty much any fighting game, but a number of impressive players from across the globe have come out of the woodwork to prove anyone can succeed with enough dedication. The most surprising of these players is Victor “Punk” Woodley. Appearing almost out of nowhere late in 2016, this young American competitor has quickly made a name for himself by defeating some of the greatest players in the world. This past autumn, he persevered through a gruelling bracket to win Eleague’s inaugural Street Fighter 5 event, earning $US150,000 ($194,003) in the process. Look for him to make waves early on.

Another hopeful from the United States is Du “NuckleDu” Dang, who became the first American player to win Capcom Cup with his victory over Ricki Ortiz last year. While at times it’s seemed like he might buckle under the weight of a character crisis, Dang has proven he has what it takes to win, both with projectile monster Guile and tricky wrestler R. Mika.

But that doesn’t mean all the talent has been relocated to the western hemisphere. Japanese competitor Masato “Bonchan” Takahashi has remained a global favourite despite a poor performance at Evo 2016 thanks to his dedication to playing Nash after many jumped ship. Kun “Xian” Ho of Singapore finally found his groove after switching away from zany newcomer F.A.N.G., finding new life with Ibuki and her confusing ninja skills. Tatsuya Haitani, long thought of as one of Japan’s Street Fighter gods, has quietly levelled up over the past few months, and might utilise the bestial Necalli in a dark horse run towards the finals.

Truth be told, Street Fighter 5 is a bit of a toss-up this year. Evo 2016 champion Seon-woo “Infiltration” Lee has dropped off after winning, and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if he and his fellow finalists were absent from this year’s main stage. Street Fighter 5 is still in its infancy, and we’re sure to see fireworks as players show off their latest strategies at Evo 2017.

Other notable players: Bryant “Smug” Huggins, Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue, Arturo “Sabin” Sanchez, Chung-gon “Poongko” Lee, Daigo Umehara, Xijie “Jiewa” Zeng, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, Goichi “GO1” Kishida, Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez, Brian “Brian F” Foster, Naoto Sako, Nemoto “Nemo” Naoki, Atsushi “yukadon” Fujimura, Keita “Fuudo” Ai, Yusuke Momochi, Putthivath “XsK_Samurai” Chea, Alex Myers, Ricki Ortiz, Han-byeol “xyzzy” Lee, Joe “LI Joe” Ciaramelli, Jonny “Humanbomb” Cheng, Joshua “Wolfkrone” Philpot, Chrisotpher “NYChrisG” Gonzalez, Adel “Big Bird” Anouche, Zhuojun “Xiaohai” Zeng, Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis, Leah “gllty” Hayes, Li-wei “Oil King” Lin, Arman “Phenom” Hanjani, Hiromiki “Itabashi Zangief” Kumada, Justin Wong, Derek “iDom” Ruffin, Bruce “GamerBee” Hsiang, Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley, Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez, Long “LPN” Nguyen, Ryota “John” Takeuchi, Devon “Mikeand1ke” Petties, Kevin “Dieminion” Landon, Marcus “THE COOL KID93” Redmond, Alex Valle

Every year, the Evolution Championship Series descends on Las Vegas, bringing with it the largest collection of fighting game players in the world. Evo serves as a reflection of the best the fighting game community has to offer, and players who manage to become champions in the sweltering Las Vegas desert are regarded as having reached the pinnacle of their craft. This year’s festivities are shaping up to be mighty special.

Las Vegas, Nevada to test their mettle starting on Friday, July 14, all with the hopes of making the main arena stage on Sunday, July 16. (The tournament runs from Saturday, July 15 to Monday, July 17 for those following along in Australia.)

Due to the sheer size of the event, even diehard fighting game fans find it difficult to keep up with the goings-on at Evo every year. As such, we have put together a breakdown of the games and notable players involved.

Evo 2017 Live TV And Stream Channels: ESPN, Disney XD To Broadcast Top Evo Games

Ev0 2017 kicked off Friday in Las Vegas where some of the best fighting game players in the world have gathered to show off their gaming skills. These gamers will compete to win the glory of top gamer in their chosen game and to win some of the hefty money prizes that come along with the Evo Tournament.

Evo is the Evolution Championship Series. Nine games are featured as part of Evo’s main tournament with ESPN 2 and Disney XD broadcasting on television the finals for the top two favorite Evo games.

ESPN 2 and ESPN app will air the finals for the most popular game Evo offers, Street Fighter 5. Capcom’s Street Fighter 5 has 2,600 registered players and it’s the only game ESPN is picking up to air on live TV. You can catch the finals of Street Fighter 5 on ESPN 2 and ESPN app on Sunday, July 16 at 10 p.m. ET.

The finals for the second most popular game at Evo, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, will also air on television this year. It will air as part of the “new gaming-centric programming block” on the Disney XD channel on Sunday, July 16 at 6 p.m. ET, according to Polygon.

Nine official Twitch channels will broadcast the rest of the Evo 2017 games. Many of the companies will host streams for their own games, like Capcom, NetherRealmStudios, and Bandi Namco. According to Polygon, if you are only interested in eyeing the “best of the best” Evo has to offer, tune into the main Evo channel.

#DissidiaNT exhibition match against our dev team members Hazama san and Takaya san? Whose got next? #EVO2017 pic.twitter.com/Aqx5Uy3B4V

— Final Fantasy @ EVO (@FinalFantasy) July 15, 2017

If you would rather get a glimpse of all the action, then you can watch everything at one time on Multitwitch.

The nine games that are featured at Evo 2017 as part of its main tournament are Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, The King of Fighters 14, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. According to News 3 Live, the gamers will compete in these fighting games with some hefty cash prizes offered in excess of $30,000 at the 2017 Evo event in Vegas.

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— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) July 14, 2017

The Twitch channel will be showing the following games:

Evo – A variety of games will stream on this channel, including Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and BlazBlue Central Fiction.
Evo – They will also host the top eight finals out of all the games.
Evo1 – Super Smash Bros. Melee pools and semifinals
Evo2 – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U pools and semifinals
Evo3 – Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 pools and semifinals
Evo4 – The King of Fighters 14 pools and semifinals
Evo5 – This channel will host The Jump Off, a talk show for the fighting game community which also offers commentary on the games.
Capcomfighters – Street Fighter 5 pools and semifinals
Tekken – Tekken 7 pools and semifinals
Netherrealm – Injustice 2 pools and semifinals

You could spend the entire weekend watching Evo 2017 with all the games offered. While the tournament started on Friday, you still have all day Saturday and Sunday to watch the main events and all the excitement. Tune in Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. On Sunday, the finals are for early risers as they start at 7:45 a.m. PT/10:45 a.m. ET.