Evolution Championship Series logo
|Location||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Dates||August 2–4, 2019|
The 2019 Evolution Championship Series, or EVO 2019, was a fighting game event held in Las Vegas from August 2nd to 4th, 2019 as part of the long-running Evolution Championship Series. The event offered tournaments for various video games, including Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Dragon Ball FighterZ, as well as the newly-released Soulcalibur VI, Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; the latter received the most entrants with over 3,500 players participating, making it the largest Super Smash Bros. tournament of all time.
EVO 2019 was, once again, hosted at the Mandalay Bay resort. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center hosted the first two days of the event, while the Mandalay Bay Events Center hosted the final day for the fourth consecutive year.
The lineup was announced in February 2019 to have 9 games. Returning from last year are Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. New additions are Soulcalibur VI, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which effectively replaced Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Notably, this is the first year since EVO 2013 where Super Smash Bros. Melee was not included in the lineup, and was relegated to a side-event.
Over 9,000 participants were at Evo 2019.
As usual, the tournament was streamed on the streaming site Twitch.tv, broadcast across multiple different streams.
A few days before the tournament, a trailer for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition revealing three upcoming characters, E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia from Final Fight was accidentally uploaded to Steam a few days ahead of it's reveal at EVO by Valve, who apologized for the upload, stating that it was a "Regrettable and unintentional situation".
After the finals for Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [st] concluded on Saturday, the game director of French Bread, Kamone Serizawa took to the stage to announce the newest version of the game, titled Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r] alongside new character, Londrekia Light, with the game slated for an early 2020 release.
After the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle finals ended, Arc System Works revealed a major update to the game and revealed four out of nine new characters including Yumi from the Senran Kagura series, Akatsuki and Blitztank from Akatsuki Blitzkampf, and Neopolitan from RWBY, with a release date of November 21st.
During the Tekken 7 Grand Finals, a Metal Gear Solid-like codec call video featuring Solid Snake talking to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada was shown to the audience at the event in the big screen that have fans thinking that the character will be the next DLC character. However, EVO confirmed that it was not an official tease, but more of a little joke. Harada was surprised by the video and fans expressed dismay that it wasn't a real announcement. More than 12 hours since EVO made the statement, David Hayter, the voice of the character that was used in the video said in a tweet that they have "failed to consult me, or Konami", reiterating to not use his voice to promote other games ever.
|2nd||Gavin Dempsey||TSM|Tweek||Pokémon Trainer|
|5th||Tetsuya Ishiguro||Raito||Duck Hunt|
|1st||Arslan Siddique||vSlash|Arslan Ash||Kazumi, Geese|
|2nd||Jae-Min Bae||Rox Dragons|Knee||Steve, Geese, Paul, Kazuya, Devil Jin|
|4th||Abe Takehiko||Team Yamasa|Take||Kazumi|
|5th||Takumi Hamasaki||COOAS/NBCS|Noroma||Steve, Dragunov|
|5th||Nakayama Daichi||Team Yamasa|Nobi||Dragunov, Steve, Jack-7|
|7th||Sun-Woong Youn||UYU|LowHigh||Law, Shaheen|
|1st||Masato Takahashi||Red Bull Hx|Bonchan||Karin, Sagat|
|3rd||DC Coleman||CYG BST|Infexious||Zeku|
|1st||Dominique McLean||FOX|SonicFox||Cassie Cage|
|3rd||Sayed Ahmed||NASR|Tekken Master||Geras, Erron Black, Kung Lao, Sonya Blade|
|5th||Tommy Tweedy||PG|Tweedy||Jacqui Briggs, Baraka, Geras|
|5th||Denom Jones||PXP|A F0xy Grampa||Shang Tsung, Kung Lao, Cassie Cage|
|7th||Andrew Fontanez||Noble|Semiij||Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs|
|7th||Alexandre Dubé-Bilodeau||PG|Hayatei||Erron Black|
|3rd||Justin Wong||JWong||Tam Tam|
|4th||Reynald Tacsuan||Hitbox|Reynald||Genjuro, Haohmaru|
|1st||Goichi Kishida||CO|Go1||Bardock/Goku/Kid Goku|
|2nd||Dominique McLean||FOX|SonicFox||Bardock/Kid Buu/Kid Goku|
|4th||Joan N.||VGIA|Shanks||Android 18/Adult Gohan/Goku|
|5th||unknown||Hirohiro||Android 17/Kid Goku/Teen Gohan|
|5th||unknown||B||Kid Buu/Adult Gohan/Yamcha|
|7th||Christopher Gonzalez||EG|NyChrisG||Teen Gohan/Tien/Yamcha|
|7th||Ryota Inoue||BC|Kazunoko||Kid Buu/Adult Gohan/Yamcha|
|5th||Jovian Chan||PG|Shen Chan||Cervantes|
|7th||Marie-Laure Norindr||Orange|Kayane||Xianghua, 2B|
- "Valve Leaks Street Fighter 5 DLC Ahead Of EVO, Issues Apology". Gamespot. Jordan Ramée. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
- "Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[cl-r] with new character Londrekia coming early 2020". Eventhubs. Justin Gordon. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
- "BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle adding nine more characters; enter Senran Kagura, Akatsuki Blitzkampf, and more RWBY". Nintendo Wire. Ricky Berg. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
- "An Evo 2019 Joke Had Fans Thinking Snake Would Be In Tekken 7". Kotaku. Heather Alexandra. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
- "Solid Snake actor calls out EVO for using his voice without permission". Digital Trends. Gabe Gurwin. Retrieved August 15, 2019.