AnimEVOnline highlights plan to rebrand next year
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Many events were postponed earlier this year to curb the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Yet, some tournament organizers like Community Effort Orlando (CEO), Evolution Championship Series (EVO), and AnimEVO all decided to host online events to keep the FGC calendar populated with exciting events.
However, a few days to EVOnline's first weekend, allegations of sexual misconduct stretching over almost two decades, was made against EVO CEO Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar. Following an investigation, this resulted in his removal, the appointment of a new CEO, and the event's cancelation. The uproar that resulted saw numerous players, talent, and developers pulling their support from the event before its cancellation.
Before the whole incident, EVO was the most prestigious fighting game in the world, spawning a sister event in 2018 named EVO Japan. Both events continued to host great tournaments for a global audience and pool of players, but with the recent scandal, it appears the name EVO has fallen into infamy.
While EVO has created millions of special moments for members of the FGC, having a prominent figure in the organization be exposed like this has left the community reeling and confused. It is clear that EVO wishes to distance itself from this incident, and that could mean its rebranding. However, in the case of AnimEVO, it's not a matter of maybe, but what day.
In a recent statement regarding its online event, AnimEVO revealed its plans to rebrand next year because of how late it is to change these changes this year with their event so close. "We will begin planning our rebranding process after we conclude all tournaments for this year."
Lastly, we want to address that we will continue to use the AnimEVO moniker for this year's tournament since it's way too late to change our name/graphics before hosting our tourneys.— 956Productions (@956Productions) July 10, 2020
We will begin planning our rebranding process after we conclude all tournaments for this year. pic.twitter.com/xxdQ1XrwbZ
AnimEVO is a side run tournament that was born after fans of several fighting games that weren't main stage titles but had thriving communities, wished for brackets of their own at EVO. As the name suggests, these games are anime fighters and have been around for quite some time.
Sup yall? Registration is now live and our first tournaments will begin Aug. 7 with more tourneys happening every weekend in August.— 956Productions (@956Productions) July 10, 2020
We've also launched a Discord server to help organize all our tournament needs.
Reg link: https://t.co/fQZN46A78P pic.twitter.com/28ttQZs9ZG
AnimEVOnline 2020 will feature twenty-three titles, four of which will have paid entry while the others will be free to compete. Platform and region specifics for the games have also been shared to help players determine which tournaments they are eligible to compete in. The paid entry titles are Samurai Shodown V Special, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Breakers Revenge, and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future.
AnimEVOnline 2020 begins on the weekend of August 7 and will run every other weekend until the end of the month. Interested participants can signup on Smash.gg here.