EVO 2014: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

EVO 2014

EVO 2014 is right around the corner, which means there’s a ton of exciting details centering on this massive fighting game tournament.

This year’s installment of the biggest fighting game tournament there is features your favorite fighting games, pro players and two separate showcase events. From July 11th to the 13th (Friday to Saturday), the most elite fighting game players will fight for top honors at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. And hey, there’s going to an expanded “Bring Your Own Console Area,” too!

Here’s everything you need to know about EVO 2014! Make sure you come back here to watch the livestreams of every game tourney as it happens. We may just get a look at a new character addition to Mortal Kombat X, too…

1. There Will Be 8 Main Tournament Games

Ultra Street Fighter 4

The main fighting games that will primarily be focused on at this year’s EVO tourney are listed below along with their total estimated prize pots. Click on each game to see the full breakdowns of the payouts that will be awarded to its respective top 8 winners:

Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Total estimated prize pot: $29,790)
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma (Total estimated prize pot: $35,080)
Killer Instinct (Total estimated prize pot: $13,380)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Total estimated prize pot: $10,140)
King of Fighters XIII (Total estimated prize pot: $3,190)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Total estimated prize pot: $3,110)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Total estimated prize pot: $9,700)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Total estimated prize pot: $7,570)

Skullgirls: Encore will also be playable in a side tournament. Autumn Games (publisher) and Lab Zero Games (developer) have added a combined prize pot bonus of $5,000 to the tourney.

Friday and Saturday’s tournament proceedings can be seen at the following LINK.

2. A Ton of People Have Signed Up to Compete in Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Super Smash Bros. Melee

Shoryuken.com has confirmed that a huge collection of fighting game pros have signed up for the three biggest games being played at the tourney:

• 1,979 players have signed up to compete in Ultra Street Fighter IV
• 1,014 players have signed up to compete in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
• 970 players have signed up to compete in Super Smash Bros. Melee

As for the number of players participating in the other game tourney’s, you can refer to the reported numbers below:

• 508 people have signed up to compete in BlazBlue: Chronophantasma
• 338 people have signed up to compete in Killer Instinct
• 319 people have signed up to compete in King of Fighters XIII
• 311 people have signed up to compete in Injustice: Gods Among Us
• 257 people have signed up to compete in Tekken Tag Tournament 2

3. Twitch is Sending Three Prominent Players to the Tournament

EVO 2014

Twitch’s resident fighting game specialist Victor “Victheslik” Denchartphan announced that Twitch will be personally flying in three pro fighting game players – Acqua, KoujiKOG and Yossan. It’s interesting to note that this will be the 1st American fighting game tourney appearances for all three players. It’s also interesting to note that 836 international players will be competing at this year’s EVO.

Shoryuken.com broke down the number of players who will be representing their respective countries:

• Canada – 331
• Japan – 127
• Mexico – 114
• Australia – 28
• United Kingdom – 27
• France – 23
• Brazil – 21
• Chile – 19
• Germany – 15
• Colombia – 13

4. Japan’s Most Dominant Fighting Game Players Will Be Participating

EVO 2014

There will also be an influx of five excellent Japanese fighting game players at this year’s tourney – Daigo Umehara, Tokido, sako, Nuki and Haitani.

5. Capcom Will Be Adding a Huge Pot Bonus to the Ultra Street Fighter IV Prize Pool

EVO 2014

Capcom is adding a $10,000 pot bonus for the Ultra Street Fighter IV prize pool. They’re also raising the stakes by adding an exclsuive tier to the Capcom Pro Tour ranking points for competing players. This huge sum of money will be distributed throughout the top 16 players who get ranked in the EVO 2014 tourney.