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Sony has bought the Evo fighting game tournament

By Tim Augustin - on 19 Mar 2021, 4:13pm

Sony has bought the Evo fighting game tournament

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That’s a bit of a twist. 

Sony have just announced their acquisition of the Evolution Championship Series, better known as Evo, which is the largest and most popular fighting game tournament around. Sony and new esports venture RTS announced the news via a joint statement, confirming that all future tournaments will be run by PlayStation in partnership with RTS. 

However, Evo executive Mark Julio confirmed on Twitter that the tournament won’t be exclusive to PlayStation platforms. He wrote, “Also very important to note. Evo is still open to all platforms. The teams at PlayStation and RTS are enabling us to continue working with our community to support fighting games.” It looks like Sony isn’t interested in changing things up too much. In a statement, Sony said that Evo’s co-founders Tony and Tom Cannon will, “ensure that Evo remains a one-of-a-kind, grassroots competitive platform for fighting game players and fans around the globe.” 

This year, Evo Online will take place from 6 to 8 August and 13 to 15 August as an open format tournament, with free entry to players in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Competitors will duke it out in games like Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, and Guilty Gear Strive. In 2020, the event garnered no small amount of controversy after sexual misconduct allegations were levied against chief executive Joey Cuellar, who has since been fired. 

Currently, it’s unclear just how much Sony’s involvement in Evo will change how these tournaments work - but time will tell. 

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