#EVOJapan2019 confirmed to take place in Fukuoka on February 15-17, 2019! More details to come at #EVO2018.

With EVO 2018 just around the corner, the surprises are already coming at us fast!

The first example? EVO Japan is definitely making a comeback next year, but it will not be in Tokyo like before. Instead, it will occur in the populous city of Fukuoka, Japan on February 15-17, 2019.

More details regarding the event are expected to be shared at EVO 2018, which returns to Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort on August 3-5, 2018.

In response to the announcement, members of the fighting game community expressed their concerns regarding the distance between Tokyo and Fukuoka, which measures up to approximately 900 kilometers. The party running the main Twitter account for EVO responded to these concerns instantly, acknowledging the potential travel difficulties many may face in reaching Fukuoka but assuring all parties involved that the new venue will be worthwhile.

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and the most populated location on the island of Kyushu. As of 2015, Fukuoka was designated as the sixth largest city in Japan, surpassing the population of Kobe. It is home to tourist attractions including the Fukuoka Castle, Hakozaki Shrine, and the Fukuoka Tower.

So one has to wonder: what necessitated the change in venue from Tokyo to Fukuoka?

Be sure to either attend or tune in to EVO 2018 in August! If you're among those going but have yet to register, you have until July 19th to get your name in there! Visit smash.gg/evo-2018 to register.

Be aware that registering for EVO does not cover your seat in Mandalay Bay's 12,000-seat arena for the Sunday finals. A separate ticket must be purchased if you wish to spectate the finals. To do so, simply visit here.

For further updates, follow @EVO and @MrWiz on Twitter.

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