Evolution Championship Series
Evolution Championship Series logo
|Formerly||Battle by the Bay|
|Founder||Tom "inkblot" Cannon, Tony "Ponder" Cannon, Joey "MrWizard" Cuellar, Seth Killian|
|Most titles||Justin Wong (8)|
The Evolution Championship Series (EVO or Evo) is an annual esports event that focuses exclusively on fighting games. The tournament is a completely open tournament and uses the double elimination format. As with Super Battle Opera, contestants travel from all over the world to participate, most notably from Japan. The first Evolution was originally held as a Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Alpha 2 tournament called the Battle by the Bay. It changed its name to Evo in 2002. Every successive tournament has seen an increase of attendees. It has been held at various venues across the Las Vegas Valley since 2005.
Evo was founded by Tom Cannon, also known for his work on Shoryuken.com, a fighting game website. The tournament started as "Battle by the Bay", a 40-man Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Alpha 2 tournament in 1996 in Sunnyvale, California eventually moving to its recurring venue in the Las Vegas Valley. The event changed its name to Evolution Championship Series or EVO for short in 2002. Over time, the tournament grew, recording over one thousand participants in 2009.
Originally the tournament used arcade cabinets, but in 2004 the decision was made to move all games over to their console versions, to no small amount of controversy. During the transition to games on the seventh generation consoles, most games were played on a PlayStation 3, though Evo 2014 ran most games on the Xbox 360. Aside from the official tournaments, there is also a "BYOC" (bring your own console) area in which many different games are played and side tournaments are held.
|2nd||Shinya Ohnuki||Nuki||Chun Li, O. Sagat|
|5th||Jason Nelson||xrolento||Dhalsim, M. Bison|
|5th||John Choi||Choiboy||O. Sagat|
|7th||Jesse Cardenas||Jumpsuit Jesse||Ken, Fei Long|
|1st||Justin Wong||Jwong||Storm, Sentinel, Cyclops|
|2nd||Rodolfo Castro||Rowtron||Magneto, Cable, Sentinel, Storm, Captain Commando|
|3rd||Peter Rosas||Combofiend||Magneto, Iron Man, Sentinel|
|4th||Alex Salguero||SiN||Sentinel, Cable, Captain Commando|
|5th||Nestor Corchado||Nestor||Storm, Sentinel, Cable|
|5th||Daniel Maniago||Clockw0rk||Sentinel, Strider Hiryu, Doctor Doom|
|1st||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido||N-E. Honda, Blanka, Sagat|
|3rd||Ken||A-Yun, Iori, Cammy|
|4th||Tetsuya Inoue||Ino||K-Cammy, Sagat, Blanka|
|5th||Ryo Yoshida||BAS||A-Sakura, Akuma, Rolento, Bison|
|5th||Yasabe Matsumoto||Liquid Metal||N-Ryu, Chun-Li, Sagat, Blanka|
|7th||John Choi||Choiboy||N-Blanka, Chun-Li, Sagat|
|7th||Alex Valle||Calipower||N-Ryu, Ken, Blanka, Sagat|
|4th||Tetsuya Inoue||Ino||Yun, Makoto|
|5th||Ricky Ortiz||HelloKitty||Chun Li|
|7th||Mark Rogoyski||Mopreme||Ken, Chun Li|
|7th||Shinya Ohnuki||Nuki||Chun Li|
|2nd||Ricky Ortiz||HelloKitty||Magneto/Storm/Psylocke, Storm/Sentinel/Captain Commando|
|2nd||Ohnuki Shinya||Nuki||Chun Li|
|3rd||John Choi||choiboy||O. Sagat|
|4th||Mike Watson||Watts||Balrog, Ryu|
|1st||Tetsuya Inoue||Ino||K- Blanka/Cammy/Sagat|
|1st||Josh Molianro||Jinkid||Jin Kazama|
|2nd||Anthony Tran||Jackie Tran||Jin Kazama|
|3rd||Wiley Adams III||TreyPhoenix||Jin Kazama|
|4th||Chetan Chetty||ChetChetty||Paul Phoenix|
|1st||Bong-min Kim||KBM||Jin Kazama/Devil|
|2nd||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son||Jin Kazama/Heihachi Mishima|
|3rd||Kenbou Kawakami||TARE||Lei Wulong/King|
|4th||Eric Akins||JOP||Ogre/True Ogre|
|5th||Anthony Tran||Jackie Tran||Ogre/True Ogre|
|7th||Josh Molianro||JinKid||True Ogre/Ogre|
|1st||Daniel Vu||Dan The Nightmare (DTN)||Nightmare|
|1st||Eiji Komatsu||Chibita||Lion Rafale|
|2nd||Masafumi Yoshioka||Ohsu-Akira||Akira Yuki|
|3rd||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son||Kage-Maru|
|4th||Akinori Sato||Neo Tower||Jacky Bryant|
|5th||Yoshihisa Ishikawa||Kofu Megane||Aoi|
|1st||Daigo Umehara||Daigo||Sol Badguy|
|2nd||Soh Miura||Miu||Sol Badguy|
|3rd||Saif Ebrahim||ID||Sol Badguy|
|5th||Alex T||Eiji||Sol Badguy|
Evo 2004 took place at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Southern California from July 29 to August 1. The tournament amassed approximately 700 competitors from over 30 countries to compete in over nine different games. The games featured included Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Guilty Gear XX, Soul Calibur II, Tekken 4, and Tekken Tag Tournament.
Controversially, Evo 2004 used home consoles for most of their tournament games instead of arcade cabinets, with the only exception being 3rd Strike which used the more traditional arcade cabinets. The reason for this change was attributed to the various software and hardware limitations of arcade cabinets at the time.
Evo 2004 was also the birthplace of "Evo Moment #37", in which during the Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike tournament, Daigo Umehara (playing as Ken), while facing Justin Wong (using Chun-Li), was successfully able to parry one of Chun-Li's super moves while having very little health left and then counter with his own, winning the round and eventually the match as a result.
Although overlooked, Evo 2004's Soul Calibur II tournament was the birthplace of the collusion rule which has been used in other major fighting game tournaments to this day.
Evo 2004's Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution tournament is notable that this is the first time in the tournament's history that a non-Japanese entrant progressed to the finals in the Virtua Fighter series and that every semi-finalist used a different main character speaking to the game's often cited game balance.
|3rd||Justin Wong||jwong||Chun Li|
|4th||Toru Hashimoto||Raoh||Chun Li|
|5th||Randy Lew||Sentinel/Cable/Captain Commando|
|7th||Peter Avila||Potter||Storm/Magneto/T. Bonne|
|1st||Daigo Umehara||Daigo||O. Sagat, Ryu, Balrog|
|2nd||John Choi||Choiboy||O. Sagat, Guile|
|4th||Justin Wong||Jwong||O. Sagat, Chun-Li|
|5th||Alex Valle||CaliPower||Ryu, O. Sagat|
|5th||Wes Truelson||Ken, Balrog|
|7th||Seth Killian||S-Kill||E. Honda|
|1st||Robert Combs||RTD||Xianghua, Ivy, Voldo, Nightmare|
|2nd||Marquette Yarbrough||Mick||Cassandra, Sophitia, Voldo|
|3rd||Mystic Senior||SowNemesis||Sophitia, Cervantes|
|4th||Christian Gonzalez||Vicious Suicide||Yoshimitsu|
|7th||Steve Hanna||Eternal Fighter||Nightmare, Xianghua|
|4th||Kevin Turner||Shin Kensou||Chipp, Eddie|
|7th||Peter Shou||Xenotiger||Faust, Axl|
|1st||Hiromiki Kumada||Itabashi Zangief||Shun Di|
|4th||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son||Kage, Akira|
|1st||Anthony Tran||Jackie Tran||Jin|
|3rd||Thomas Kymn||TomHilfiger||Nina, Steve|
|5th||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son||Heihachi|
|5th||Jason Greeson||USMC Ogre||Paul|
|1st||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son||Jin, Kazuya|
|2nd||Shaun Rivera||Unconkable||Armor King, Devil, Anna|
|3rd||Brad Vitale||Slips||Julia / Eddy|
|4th||Nick Shin||Shin||Julia / Michelle|
|5th||Fabrizio Tavassi||Bode||Michelle / Julia|
|5th||Thomas Kymn||TomHilfiger||Devil / Jin, Bruce / Julia|
|7th||Chetan Chetty||ChetChetty||Jin / Devil, Armor King / Anna|
|7th||Joshua Molinaro||JinKid||Devil / King|
2005 was the first year Evo was held at the Green Valley Ranch casino and hotel in Las Vegas.
|1st||Byeong-mun Son||Qudans||Jin, Kazuya|
|2nd||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son|
|1st||Ryo Yoshida||D44 BAS||A-Honda/Bison/Blanka|
|7th||Peter Hinh||illshill||E. Honda|
|1st||Duc Do||Ducvader||Spiral, Cable, Sentinel|
|2nd||Michael Mendoza||Yipes||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|3rd||Peter Avila||Potter||Storm, Sentinel, Cable|
|4th||Justin Wong||Jwong||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|5th||Ricky Ortiz||HelloKitty||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|5th||Chris Schmidt||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|7th||Rob Miller||Rawbzilla||Sentinel, Storm, Captain Commando|
|7th||Nick Cortese||Reset||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|2nd||Yuji Kato||Yuu||Feng Wei|
Evo 2006 took place at the Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino in Las Vegas. 2006 was the first year that Capcom gave its official, public support of the Evolution tournaments. Traditionally, Evo has only included fighting games, but in 2006 it included Mario Kart DS in its lineup.
|1st||Carl White||Perfect Legend||Gen Fu|
|3rd||Luke Hess||thehighguy||Lei Fang|
|5th||Jeremy Florence||Black Mamba||Helena / Lei-Fang|
|7th||Bill Menoutis||Tom Brady||Gen Fu|
|7th||Gene Wong||Hail and Kill||A-Vega/Bison/Blaka|
|1st|| Ryo Yoshida
|2nd|| Daigo Umehara
|3rd|| Alex Garvin
|Team Alex G||Sol|
|4th|| Mike Boczar
|Team Mike B||Faust
|5th|| Peter Rosas
|5th|| Paul Kugler
|Team 17 Seconds|
|7th|| Hajime Taniguchi
|7th|| Jamarr Lewis
|1st||Alex Wolfe||A_wolfe||ST Dhalsim, CE Bison|
|2nd||Jason Nelson||xrolento||ST Bison, CE Sagat|
|3rd||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido||CE Bison|
|4th||Alex Valle||Calipower||CE Sagat, ST Ryu|
|5th||Daigo Umehara||Daigo||ST Ryu|
|5th||Graham Wolfe||ST Vega, ST Balrog|
|7th||John Choi||Korean Inferno||HF Ryu|
|7th||Quoc Hung Nguyen||AfroLegends||ST Balrog, ST Deejay|
|2nd||Alex De Sousa||Chunksta||Sentinel/Storm/Captain Commando, Magneto/Storm/Sentinel|
|3rd||Nick Cortese||Reset||Magneto/Storm/Psylocke, Magneto/Storm/Sentinel|
|5th||Michael Mendoza||IFC Yipes||Storm/Sentinel/Cyclops, Magneto/Storm/Psylocke|
|3rd||Christopher Abella||Jra64||Steve, Roger Jr.|
|4th||Justin Wong||Jwong||Steve, Jack-5|
|7th||Anthony Tran||Jackie Tran||Nina|
|5th||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido||Chun-Li, Urien|
|4th||Josh Consentino||Universe||Dry Bones|
|5th||Glenn Cravens||The Game II||Waluigi|
Evo 2007, officially called Evo World 2007, took place from August 24 to 26 at the Green Valley Ranch, in Las Vegas. Throughout the year there were several other tournaments held throughout the US bearing the Evo name. The game roster had eight games, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Virtua Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter II Turbo, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Guilty Gear XX Λ Core, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
|2nd||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido||Chun-Li, Urien|
|3rd||Alex Valle||Calipower||Ken, Ryu|
|4th||Mike Wakefield||Makoto Mike||Makoto|
|1st||Ryo Yoshida||BAS||A-Blanka, Vega, M. Bison|
|2nd||Ricky Ortiz||HelloKitty||A-Vega, Sakura, Blanka|
|3rd||Justin Wong||Jwong||C-Vega, Chun-Li, Sagat/A-Vega, Sakura, Blanka|
|4th||Yosuke Ito||Kindevu||A-Sakura, M. Bison, Blanka|
|5th||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido||A-Sakura, M. Bison, Blanka|
|5th||Campbell Tran||Buktooth||N-Iori, Morrigan, Chun-Li, Hibiki|
|7th||John Choi||Choiboy||C-Sakura, Ken, Sagat, Guile|
|7th||Peter Rosas||Combofiend||K-Ken, Sagat, Cammy|
|1st||Hiromiki Kumada||Itazan||Shun Di|
|2nd||Ohnuki Shinya||Nuki||Aoi, Pai|
|2nd||John Choi||Choiboy||Ryu, O. Sagat|
|3rd||Graham Wolfe||GWolfe||Balrog, Vega|
|4th||Quoc Hung Nguyen||AfroLegends||Dee Jay, Balrog|
|5th||David Sirlin||Sirlin||Honda, M. Bison, Vega|
|1st||Michael Mendoza||IFC Yipes||Magneto/Storm/Psylocke|
|2nd||Justin Wong||Jwong||Storm/Sentinel/Cyclops, Magneto/Storm/Psylocke|
|3rd||Erik Arroyo||Smoothviper||Sentinel/Storm/Captain Commando|
|4th||Chris Schmidt||TehBoogieman||Storm/Sentinel/Captain Commando|
|5th||Brandon DeShields||Demon Hyo||Magneto/Storm/Psylocke|
|7th||Sanford Kelly||Santhrax||Storm/Sentinel/Captain Commando|
|2nd||Spero Gineros||Spero Gin||Eddy|
|4th||Derek Lee||KaNe||Devil Jin|
|7th||Jimmy Tran||Mr. Naps||Bryan|
|2nd|| Peter Susini
|Team Shit Talk||Jam Kurodoberi
|4th|| Aaron Harris
|Team Over 9000|
|7th|| Soh Miura
|4th||Christopher Szygiel||PC Chris||Falco, Fox|
|5th||Daniel Rodriguez||ChuDat||Ice Climbers, Pikachu|
Evo 2008 took place at the Tropicana Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip. from August 8 to 10. The tournament would feature six games within its official roster: Capcom vs. SNK 2, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The Brawl tournament was widely criticized for its ruleset, which allowed items on and saw an relatively unknown player defeat Ken.
|4th||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido||Chun-Li, Urien|
|7th||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son||Ken, Yun|
|7th||Mike Watson||Watts||Yun, Ken|
|1st||Justin Wong||Jwong||Sentinel, Storm, Captain Commando|
|2nd||Alex De Sousa||Chunksta||Magneto, Storm, Sentinel|
|3rd||Erik Arroyo||Smoothviper||Magneto, Cable, Sentinel|
|4th||Chris Scott||Crizzle||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|5th||Toan Nguyen||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|5th||Wes Matsui||Blockable Laser||Sentinel, Storm, Captain Commando|
|7th||Danny Shnorhokian||MegamanDS||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|7th||Loren Riley||Fanatiq||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|4th||Justin Wong||Jwong||C-Vega/Iori/Sagat, C-Vega/Cammy/Sagat|
|5th||Gene Wong||Hall & Kill||A-Vega/Blanka/Bison|
|1st||John Choi||Choiboy||Ryu, O. Sagat, Ken|
|5th||David Sirlin||Sirlin||M. Bison, Vega, Blanka|
|7th||Justin Wong||Jwong||Vega, O. Ken|
|7th||Jason de Heras||Shirts||Dhalsim|
|1st||Ryan Hart||Prodigal Son||Kazuya|
|2nd||Paco Vilaró||Gandido||Devil Jin|
|3rd||Mario Canales||Cano||Eddy Gordo|
|4th||Noel Lawrence Villadolid||Owen||King|
|5th||Rene Maistry||DJ KOR||Ganryu|
|7th||Nicolas Henri Bardol||BarDulL||Marth, King Dedede|
Evo 2009 took place on July 17 to 19. Held at the Rio Convention Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the tournament itself would feature six game in its official roster: Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Street Fighter IV. Notably, the newly released Street Fighter IV increased Evo attendance by a considerable margin, and the tournament for it alone boasted more 1000 participants, almost three times that of the tournaments for the other games.
|2nd||Justin Wong||JWong||Rufus, Balrog, Abel|
|3rd||Ed Ma||Akuma, Zangief|
|4th||Sanford Kelly||Santhrax||Akuma, Cammy|
|5th||Eduardo Pérez-Frangie||vVv Scrub||Balrog, E. Honda|
|1st||Hung Nguyen||Afro Legends||Balrog, Dee Jay|
|3rd||Damien Dailidenas||Damdai||Ken, Zangief|
|5th||Louis Paquin||Thelo||E. Honda|
|5th||David Sirlin||Sirlin||Fei Long, Cammy, M. Bison|
|7th||Alex Salguero||SiN||Guile, Dhalsim|
|1st||Sanford Kelly||Santhrax||Storm, Sentinel, Captain Commando|
|2nd||Justin Wong||JWong||Storm, Sentinel, Cyclops|
|3rd||Michael Mendoza||IFC Yipes||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|5th||Marc Ansay||MadBooFace||Magneto, Sentinel, Captain Commando|
|5th||Sooyoung Chon||SooMighty||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|7th||Jay Son||Ytwojay||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|2nd||Martin Phan||Marn||Eddie, Jam|
|7th||Philippe Tanovan||Joe Higashi||Chipp|
|1st|| Justin Wong
|2nd|| Jimmy Tran
|3rd|| Mark Rogoyski
|4th|| Alex Valle
|5th|| Lee Cephas
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|7th|| Hsien Chang
|7th|| Mike Zaimont
|2nd||Phillip Atkinson||KDZaster||Cassandra, Astaroth|
|3rd||Joseph Freire||Thugish_pond||Amy, Hilde|
|5th||Norman Sainz||Omega||Zasalamel, Nightmare|
Evo 2010, held at Caesars Palace had a massive number of competitors, with Super Street Fighter IV amassing approximately 1,800 players to duel for a $20,000 guaranteed prize pot. Most notable in this EVO was Justin Wong cementing his dominance in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in its proverbial swan song, defeating the champion of the previous year, Sanford Kelly. Also notable was Wong failing to make the top 8 in Super Street Fighter IV, falling victim first to Vance "Vangief" Wu, and soon after to Taiwanese player Bruce "GamerBee" Hsiang. Melty Blood: Actress Again was included after a poll on Shoryuken.com to decide on the final game of the tournament, beating out Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Soulcalibur IV, and The King of Fighters XII. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger was to be included, but after a majority of the community moved on to BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, the decision was made to replace it with Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Also notable was G4's limited coverage of the event, even offering X-Play host Adam Sessler for commentary of the Super Street Fighter IV finals.
|2nd||Ricky Ortiz||EG Ricky Ortiz||Rufus, Chun-Li|
|3rd||Seon-Woo Lee||Infiltration||Akuma, Juri|
|4th||Mike Ross||Mike Ross||E. Honda|
|5th||Vance Wu||BLG Vangief||Zangief|
|7th||Henry Cen||Golden Cen||E. Honda, Dhalsim|
|3rd||Jimmy Tran||Mr. Naps||Bryan, Bruce|
|4th||Jim Esmersey||Devil Jim||Julia|
|7th||Chris Villarreal||Crow||Bob, Lars|
|7th||Rene Maistry||GMMA Kor||Bob, Lars|
|1st||Yoichiro Aruga||Garu||H-Kohaku, H-VSion|
|2nd||Steve Barthelemy||Lord Knight||H-Kohaku|
|4th||Byron Barzabal||HF Blade||C-Ciel|
|7th||James Xie||C-Mech Hisui|
|1st||Martin Phan||EG Marn||Zero, Alex, Tekkaman Blade|
|2nd||Kevin Baigan||KBeast||Yatterman-1, Batsu, Megaman Volnutt, Tekkaman, Yatterman-2|
|3rd||Justin Wong||EG JWong||Jun the Swan, Chun-Li, Ryu, Karas|
|4th||Jeff Blyden||Kurasa||Doronjo, Chun-Li, Saki|
|5th||Brett Navarro||Psychochronic||PTX-40A, Doronjo, Soki|
|5th||Edward Valdez||RoyalFlush||Polimar, Ippatsuman, Tekkaman, Tekkaman Blade, Viewtiful Joe|
|7th||Christian Sutton||Skisonic||Gold Lightan, Ken the Eagle, Yatterman-1|
|7th||Adam Heart||Keits||Tekkaman Blade, Ryu, Gold Lightan|
|1st||Darryl Lewis||Snake Eyez||Zangief|
|3rd||Quoc Hung Nguyen||AfroLegends||Balrog, Dee Jay|
|4th||Daigo Umehara||Daigo||Balrog, Ryu|
|5th||Jason Cole||Afro Cole||Dhalsim|
|5th||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido||Vega, E. Honda|
|7th||Alex Valle||CaliPower||Ryu, Sagat|
|1st||Justin Wong||EG JWong||Storm, Sentinel, Cyclops|
|2nd||Sanford Kelly||EMP Santhrax||Storm, Sentinel, Cable|
|3rd||Daniel Maniago||Clockw0rk||Strider Hiryu, Sentinel, Doctor Doom|
|4th||Michael Mendoza||IFC Yipes||Storm, Magneto, Psylocke|
|5th||Abraham Sotelo||Neo||Sentinel, Storm, Captain Commando|
|5th||Chris Scott||Crizzle||Magneto, Storm, Psylocke|
|7th||Arthur Catigbe||Chaos Nightwolf||Sentinel, Storm, Captain Commando|
|7th||Robert Tim||Storm, Sentinel, Captain Commando|
|1st||Marie-Laure Norindr||aAa Kayane||Chun-Li|
|2nd||Sola Adesiji||DMG BurnYourBra||Ken, Gouken, Rose|
For Evo 2011, a tournament season was announced in which players could earn ranking points at one of eight tournaments. It took place at the Rio Las Vegas from July 29 to 31, utilizing a 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2) ballroom. All 50 states of the U.S. were represented, as well as 44 additional countries. On July 25, 2011, it was announced that PlayStation Home users could watch a live stream of the tournament. Evo 2011 was the most viewed event in its history, its livestream watched by over 2 million unique viewers on UStream over the course of the event.
In attendance was Street Fighter series producer Ono Yoshinori, who announced a free balance patch for Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition. Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada was also on hand to show new mechanics for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Soulcalibur V. Other unreleased games shown were Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters XIII, Skullgirls and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition. A Skullgirls side tournament was held in which the winner received a one-of-a-kind Skullgirls-themed arcade stick. Media outlets G4, GameSpot and Destructoid were all present to cover the event.
A notable occurrence in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournament was the success of an eight-year-old named Noah Solis, whose team included Hulk, Sentinel and Albert Wesker. Solis's performance included a perfect round in less than ten seconds. Solis was eventually eliminated by Mortal Kombat finalist Chris G. In an interview with Giant Bomb, Solis's father, Moises Solis, spoke of how he intends to support his son's success in fighting games, citing video games as one way alongside education to avoid falling into gang culture.
|1st||Keita Ai||Fuudo||Fei Long|
|2nd||Abdullatif Alhmili||Brokentier Latif||C.Viper|
|3rd||Chung-gon Lee||Totalheads POONGKO||Seth|
|4th||Daigo Umehara||MCZ Daigo||Yun|
|5th||Yosuke Ito||eLive|Pro Kindevu||Yun|
|5th||Hajime Taniguchi||Tokido MCZ||Akuma|
|7th||Peter Susini||FlashMetroid||Zangief, C.Viper|
|1st||Jay Snyder||BOX Viscant||Wesker/Haggar/Phoenix, Wesker/Iron Man/Phoenix|
|2nd||Eduardo Pérez-Frangie||MCZ|DMG PR Balrog||Dante/Wolverine/Tron, Dante/Amaterasu/Wolverine|
|3rd||Justin Wong||EG Justin Wong||She-Hulk/Wolverine/Akuma, Storm/Wesker/Akuma, Wolverine/Storm/Akuma|
|4th||Peter Rosas||coL.CC Combofiend||She-Hulk/Taskmaster/Spencer|
|5th||Noel Brown||UVG Noel Brown||Wesker/Wolverine/Akuma, Wolverine/Wesker/Phoenix|
|5th||Ryan Ramirez||coL.CC Filipino Champ||Magneto/Sentinel/Phoenix, Magneto/Dormammu/Phoenix|
|1st||Carl White||EMP Perfect Legend||Kung Lao|
|2nd||Giuseppe Grosso||vVv REO||Mileena, Cyrax|
|3rd||Eric Akins||JOP||Johnny Cage, Raiden|
|4th||Christopher Gonzalez||NYChris G||Reptile|
|5th||Denzell Terry||Denzell Terry||Liu Kang|
|5th||Steve Brownback||16 Bit||Kitana|
|7th||Pirrelli Trumer||ATL Redd||Liu Kang|
|2nd||Steve Barthelemy||Lord Knight||Litchi, Makoto|
|4th||Kyle Bourne||Zong One||Carl|
|2nd||Shawn Swain||Fab||Bob, Miguel|
|4th||James Garrett||JustFrameJames||Law, Baek|
|5th||Jimmy Tran||Mr. Naps||Bryan|
|7th||Ryan Hart||LLL|Ryan Hart||Kazuya|
Evo 2012 took place July 6 to 8, 2012, at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. On January 3, Joey Cuellar announced that Evo 2012 would have 6 main tournament games, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Version 2012), Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Soulcalibur V, The King of Fighters XIII and Street Fighter X Tekken. The tournament series from the previous year returned, featuring seeding points for all six games in 17 events all across the world.
Evo 2013 was announced on December 2, 2012. It was held on July 12–14 at Paris Las Vegas. On January 8, Joey Cuellar announced that EVO 2013 would have eight main tournament games, with the first seven revealed being Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Version 2012), Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter X Tekken (Version 2013), The King of Fighters XIII, and Persona 4 Arena. The eighth game was voted on by players via online donations, all proceeds of which went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The eventual winner of the poll was Super Smash Bros. Melee with $94,683 raised for that game, while the total amount of donations was $225,744. Nintendo of America initially sent a cease and desist letter to cancel the streaming of Melee matches, although after popular backlash a live stream was ultimately allowed to be carried out as planned. On May 7, 2013 it was announced that Injustice: Gods Among Us would be a main tournament game, thus expanding the game roster from eight to nine.
Evo 2014 was announced on September 15, 2013. It was held on July 11–13, 2014 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino On February 6, 2014, Cuellar announced that Evo 2014 would include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Injustice: Gods Among Us, The King of Fighters XIII, Killer Instinct, and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, while also mentioning that discussions were ongoing with Nintendo on the possible inclusion of Super Smash Bros. Melee. Melee was eventually officially added to the roster with Nintendo's approval. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was also later added to the roster.
Evo 2015 took place on July 17–19, 2015 at the Bally's / Paris Las Vegas Casino. On January 20, 2015, Cuellar announced that Evo 2015 would include Ultra Street Fighter IV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Tekken 7.
While EVO 2015 initially was supposed to run on the PlayStation 4 version for Ultra Street Fighter IV, the tournament instead used the Xbox 360 version, due to a large number of bugs and glitches found by players in the newly released port. Cuellar also confirmed that EVO 2015 would use the technically outdated build of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on PlayStation 3. On May 25, Cuellar confirmed that both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U have surpassed 1,500 entrants each. Cuellar later confirmed that Ultra Street Fighter IV surpassed 2,000 entrants. EVO 2015 also acted as a Capcom Cup qualifier for Ultra Street Fighter IV, as well as a Killer Instinct World Cup qualifier for Killer Instinct, with both games receiving respective bonus pots of $50,000 from Capcom/Sony and Iron Galaxy/Microsoft respectively. NetherRealm and Warner Bros. have also donated $50K towards the bonus pot for Mortal Kombat X, due to the success of the Blue Steel Sub-Zero skin. In addition, Atlus has donated $10K towards the bonus pot for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, while Arc System Works and Aksys Games donated the same amount to the bonus pot for Guilty Gear Xrd. Bandai Namco has announced that they have provided a $30K bonus pot for Tekken 7 as well as providing all competitors in said game an exclusive T-shirt featuring franchise veteran Lili and Tekken Revolution newcomer Eliza.
Evo 2016 took place from July 15–17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while the Sunday finals took take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The tournament featured Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-, Mortal Kombat XL, Pokkén Tournament, Killer Instinct, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. The tournaments for Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Mortal Kombat XL finished on Sunday. The finals for Street Fighter V was broadcast live on ESPN2 and live coverage of the tournament was available through ESPN's WatchESPN service, in addition to the tournament's regular Twitch.tv streams.
Joey Cuellar has announced record breaking numbers which includes Street Fighter V reaching more than 5,000 entrants, Smash 4 and Melee each reaching more than 2,000; Pokkén reaching more than 1,000 entrants while other games either increased or decreased. Like EVO 2015's Ultra Street Fighter IV finals, Capcom and Sony have provided a $50,000 bonus pot towards Street Fighter V's prize pool and is also a Capcom Pro Tour qualifier. The Pokémon Company has announced a $10,000 bonus pot towards Pokkén Tournament's prize pool and is a Pokkén Tournament Championship Series qualifier, with 1st and 2nd place being able to qualify for the finals. As with EVO 2015, NetherRealm and Warner Bros. have provided a $50,000 bonus pot towards Mortal Kombat XL's prize pool. Killer Instinct will be receiving a $15,000 bonus pot as part of the KI Ultra Tour funding. On July 11, Aksys Games announced a $10,000 bonus pot towards Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-'s prize pool.
In 2010, the Evolution Championship organizers announced an official spin-off to the tournament series called "Evo vs Godsgarden", to be held in Japan the following year. However, the tournament was called off following the Tohoku earthquake and postponed indefinitely. During a Nico Nico livestream following Evo 2013, Cuellar stated that he was still interested in holding a Japan-based tournament.
It was announced at Evo 2016 that a separate event simply titled "Evo Japan" is to be held in Japan. Japanese media companies Aetas, Hearts United Group, and Shochiku Broadcasting together invested a total of $1 million USD into the event. During a presentation at the Tokyo Game Show in 2016, the Evolution organizers announced that the tournament is to be held in January 2018, while some form of "pre-tournament" is to take place in 2017.
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