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EVO Fighting Tournament

Sony and RTS Have Bought the Evo Fighting Tournament

Sony and eSports RTS company have purchased the Evo fighting tournament, which can only mean one thing; PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale 2!

We’re kidding about All-Stars, we doubt Sony has any plans to revisit their middling Super Smash Brothers-a-like. But we weren’t joking about Sony’s purchase of the Evolution Championship Series of tournaments, better known simply as Evo. Alongside RTS, a newly-spawned eSports company, Sony how has a huge amount of control over the tournaments.

“Fighting games are hugely popular on PlayStation consoles, with gamers logging more than 1.1 billion gameplay hours in 2020 alone. We’re committed to breaking down the barriers for gamers to compete at all levels and providing a best-in-class, global platform for them to showcase their skills and passion,” reads Sony’s statement.

Evo 2020 was cancelled after Evo’s organiser and founder Joey Cuellar was accused of sexual misconduct. He was removed as CEO and while we’re not saying Evo was sold just to put further distance between Cuellar and the tournament organisation, the sale won’t have done Evo any harm. In light of this and other allegations, we hope Sony will go all out to the safety of future Evo tournaments participants and attendees. Certainly, the official Evo twitter account has made a statement to that effect:

“We want to reaffirm that harassment or abuse of any kind has no place within Evo or any of our or any of our future events and we’re taking every precaution to make sure members of our community will always be treated with the respect, dignity and decency you deserve”, reads the tweet. Now they need to deliver.

Evo 2021 is set to be an online-only tournament, due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and will take place this August 6 – 8 and 13 -15. As announced on Sony’s blog, the games played will be: Tekken 7, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, and Guilty Gear Strive. All these games are available on the Playstation 4 and one of them, Street Fighter V, is exclusive to the platform.

However, there’s one notable omission. Super Smash Brothers, previously a regular Evo fixture, is completely absent, likely due to it being a Nintendo Switch title. It’s a shame as Smash offers a very different experience to regular one-on-one brawlers like Guilty Gear. Could it return? One day perhaps but, for now, it would seem like Sony’s trying to make the most out of their investment.

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