Final Registration Leaderboard Update for #EVO2018. Registration closes July 19th.
We are now one month away from the event that is considered to be the icon of the fighting game community: Evolution 2018.
For over a decade, Evolution has celebrated the fighting game genre by bringing together players from all corners of the globe at the glorious city of Las Vegas, which is famed for its vibrant nightlife. Many champions have been crowned here after overcoming the most difficult brackets they'd ever faced in their competitive careers.
This year, Evolution, or EVO for short, is featuring eight games in its primary lineup. At the start of the week, Joey "MrWiz" Cuellar, co-founder of EVO, released a Twitter post detailing a leaderboard that ranks where the games stand in terms of how many players have registered for each, in order from most to least.
This will be the final leaderboard update before registration comes to a close on July 19th, and there will be no on-site registration afterward. Check it out below.
As EVO was initially founded with Capcom titles in mind, it's not a surprise to anyone when a Street Fighter title is leading the rest of the lineup in terms of player numbers. But for the first time since its creation, Dragonball FighterZ is taking that title instead of Street Fighter V, which trails behind the anime tag fighter at second place while Tekken 7 takes up the rear.
Celebrated as the annual championship event in the fighting game community, Evolution is also tied to a handful of prestigious circuits, such as the Tekken World Tour, the Injustice 2 Pro Series, the Capcom Pro Tour (a qualifying spot for Capcom Cup will be instantly awarded to the winner of EVO), and so on. In addition to bragging rights, outcomes at EVO will definitely determine the paths to be taken by players competing in any of the listed circuits.
If you have yet to register, it's encouraged that you do so immediately. Visit here to complete your registration. For those wishing to spectate the Sunday finals, your EVO registration will not cover your seat in the arena. Instead, you must purchase a separate ticket here.
As for where EVO will take place? After spending the last two years at Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay, EVO is making its third trip there with more surprises up their sleeves. It was also at this location that the EVO World Finals were broadcast worldwide via the ESPN2 television network for the last two years, and that coverage expanded with the Smash 4 finals of 2017 on Disney XD. While it has yet to be announced if EVO will be televised again this year, it's definitely not outside the realm of possibility.
The Mandalay Bay is a 43-story luxury resort that combines a hotel, a casino and a convention center all into one exotic location on the Las Vegas Strip, operated by MGM Resorts International. It has over 3,000 hotel rooms, a casino that is over 135,000 square feet wide, the 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center and an arena that is able to accommodate over 12,000 people. These seats will surround a triangular stage modeled after the fabled icon that represents EVO itself, with the images of fighting game characters flashing across the triangles while a multi-screen box hangs over the entire room.
In recent years, the growth of the fighting game community was especially highlighted via ESPN and Disney XD, exposing them to the eyes of those unfamiliar with their way of life. Fighting games have skyrocketed in popularity since, and that dramatic growth shows no signs of faltering.
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