Evo 2019 final registration numbers
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With the event less than three weeks away, Evolution Championship Series 2019 is on track to becoming the biggest edition yet. Not only did seven main tournament titles hit over 1,000 entries, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also crossed 3,000 entries. With this number of entries, Smash gave last year’s largest game DragonBall FighterZ a run for its money. The top three are Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with 3,492, Street Fighter V with 1,929, and Tekken 7 following closely at 1,885.
Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 fought fiercely for second place, while newcomer Samurai Shodown managed to come in fourth. However, last year’s game with the highest entries, DragonBall FighterZ dropped down to less than half of its 2018 numbers (2,575). Street Fighter V also dropped below last year’s 2,484, but Tekken 7 numbers showed some growth from 1,538.
Tournament Organiser Joey “Mr Wizard” Cuellar also took to Twitter to inform the fighting game community about possible plans to change its payout structure. Evo has been using its present percentages since 2002 and though it is no indication of when or if this change will occur, a poll was shared for fans to vote. As of writing, 92% of 16,686 have voted for the new structure which sees first and second places get less, and the difference shared between 4th-8th place.
It’s hard not to be excited about this year’s Evo and what the future could hold for it and the fighting game community. Soon we’ll be neck-deep in combos, footsies and reversals.