Get ready for the next challenger
The fighting game tournament series Evo is back this year for an online event. And alongside Evo 2021 Online, the organization is also hosting a number of community events to spotlight side games, newcomers, and get competitors warmed up for August.
The first series, PlayStation Tournaments FGC Arcade: Evo Edition, runs June 10 – 22. Evo was purchased by Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS last year, and this first series will feature a number of competitions on PlayStation, including Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7, and Guilty Gear Strive, with the pro-am tournament centering on newcomers.
June 26 through July 13 will be the PlayStation Tournaments Evo 2021 Online Warm-Up, a series of matches with rewards like themes and avatars. On July 8 and running through Aug. 3, Evo 2021 Online will also host its side tournaments, featuring some smaller communities in games like Them’s Fightin’ Herds. And on Aug. 6 through 8 and 13 through 15, the two-weekend Evo 2021 Online series kicks off. You can find the full schedule and sign-ups on Evo’s site.
Each tournament series is offering a prize pool as well, so there’s a little extra incentive to show up and compete. But after a year without Evo, it’s nice to see the fighting return once again. As more companies add some modern, solid netcode and make it easier to play online, I’m looking forward to some weekends of close matches, big combos, and hype moments.