The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas will play host to the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, EVO between 14-16 July 2017.
The competition returns to the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but all three days of competition will be held there in 2017 whereas previously just the final day was held in the Events Center.
There’s not been too many details released by EVO about which titles will feature at the showpiece event, but the trailer teased on Youtube (above) reveals fighting classics such as Tekken, Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros amongst others.
Yankees/Red Sox averaged 2.066 million on ESPN.
EVO World Championships: 201K on ESPN2.
— Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) July 19, 2016
Last year the final of the Street Fighter competition was broadcast on ESPN2 and according to the above, did extremely well ratings wise. It wasn’t particularly friendly for the Europeans, though, with the final being played between 3 and 6AM CET.
Esports Insider says: Whilst fighting games are somewhat not considered in the mainstream esports agenda, there’s certainly a market there. EVO is a great tournament which showcases the best in global talent across multiple games under one roof. It’ll be interesting to see which games are played, as there were some that appeared on the bill last year that didn’t go down overly well with the community (Pokken, anyone?!)