Final Registration Numbers for #EVO2018

Registration for EVO 2018 has come to a close. Yes, for real this time.

Due to confusion over the registration deadline this week, the EVO team opted to give the FGC one last opportunity to sign up for the annual celebration of the fighting game genre, in the form of one more day. Now that that day has passed, we have the finalized numbers for this year's Evolution Championship.

In the previous update for player counts provided by Joey "MrWiz" Cuellar, the numbers for the eight-game lineup at the World Stage were as follows:

1) DragonBall FighterZ - 2530
2) Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition - 2421
3) Tekken 7 - 1504
4) Super Smash Bros. for WiiU - 1303
5) Super Smash Bros. Melee - 1302
6) BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle - 1148
7) Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 - 621
8) Injustice 2 - 356

With the extended deadline, each title saw an immediate increase in its number of players, although nothing drastic. See below for the updated numbers of players now registered for EVO.

Once again, Tekken 7 remains the one title to have seen an exponential increase in the number of its players as opposed to last year (from 1,286 to 1,538), whereas the remainder of returning titles withstood a decrease from last year's numbers. Nevertheless, 75% of the lineup consists of titles that each have over a thousand players registered, which marks a tremendous spike in the growth of EVO.

Meanwhile, both DBFZ and Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, the only two titles to be making their debut at an Evolution event this year, have more than delivered on the numbers of players supporting both titles. Over 2,500 participants are locked in for the first, whereas approximately 1,200 are ready for the latter.

As confirmed in an update via the EVO Twitter yesterday, this year's event will have over ten-thousand attendees, with almost 7,500 of that number participating in brackets. This is a significant increase from the records set by EVO 2017, where 8,694 people were in attendance, with almost 7,000 of that amount throwing down with the competition.

Keep in mind that with the added numbers for registration, the statistics displayed above may have yet to be updated!

Disheartened that your favorite game has not been featured in the EVO lineup this year? You're in luck: one of the notable additions made to EVO this year is the inclusion of "BYOC Tournaments," which you may have noticed was among your options when registering for the event. Essentially, the "BYOC Tournaments" are indicative of side tournaments being organized by the respective communities surrounding each game. However, the management of each event is handled exclusively by its community rather than the EVO team.

If you are planning to attend EVO, you can look forward to side tournaments for the following titles (please note that the list below may not include all of them):

- Killer Instinct
- Pokken Tournament DX
- Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
- Dead or Alive 6 (sponsored by developer Team Ninja)
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (sponsored by developer Team Ninja)
- Soul Calibur 6 (sponsored by publisher Bandai Namco)

Additionally, look forward to playing a pre-release build for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the Nintendo booth at EVO. Smash Ultimate itself is set to release as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on December 7, 2018.

Finally, as previously reported here, an announcement regarding the next EVO Japan event, which takes place on February 15th at Fukuoka, is expected to drop during EVO 2018. Stay tuned to the live broadcast for EVO to learn more!

As for when EVO takes place, it will be during the weekend of August 3-5, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If you were unable to register online, EVO will be selling event passes on-site, though these will be for spectators only. Whether you will be behind the sticks or not, this is not an EVO you'll want to pass up on.

For more updates concerning the event, follow @EVO and @MrWiz on Twitter.

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