The biggest video game fighting tournament of the year has officially started. Evolution (EVO) 2014 gathers the best players in the world for an exciting 3-day event of insane combos, tragic losses, and all around hype. This year;s event takes place in Las Vegas Nevada, at the LVH Hotel and Casino. If you play video games or not, now is a great opportunity to see some extremely high level play in an array of different fighting games. Here is the 3-day schedule with links to the streams at the bottom of the article.
Evo 2014 certainly has a lot of games to consider, it is no surprise to see that the game roster changes a little bit each year. This year you can expect the staples like Ultra Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as well as BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma and Super Smash Bros. Melee. All finals will take place on Sunday expect for Injustice: Gods Among Us, and King of Fighters XIII which take place Saturday and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which takes place Friday. Last year at Evo 2013 the final day included a demonstration of Killer Instinct, this year Killer Instinct is an actual event. For some, this will be the first time viewing high level play because the title is still relatively new and not everyone has an Xbox One.
For Friday, three different streams will be running. SrkEvo1 and Srk Evo2 will be featuring mostly pools but also the Tekken finals and even Street Fighter Semifinals. The third stream, which is the Capcom Pro Tour stream, will only available today and will be doing Street Fighter pools (which will take many hours). The additional support from Capcom has been helping to boost not only Street Fighter, but the fighting game community in general, shoutouts to them for keeping their fans involved.
If you are new to the competitive world of fighting games and don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, then sit down and pay attention. The amount of precision and skill at this level is astounding and factors in many different elements in each situation. Each game is different and requires focus in multiple aspects of play, these players really know what they are doing and how to do it. Recently Kotaku did an excellent article the importance of movement and spacing, link below. But more importantly, here is your introductory hype video.
Gather the world’s best competitive fighting game players in Las Vegas for a 3-day event and you have the glory that is EVO 2014. Links to all streams are below and schedule is above. This hype event takes place once a year and is possible due to the dedication of groups like TeamSp00ky, Capcom Pro Tour, and of course Twitch. Feels like getting some words out there? Twitch stream pages contain chat. Study up and root for your favorites because this event only comes once a year, link to bracket included below.