After only a few days since the registrations opened, Street Fighter V has broken registration records at Evolution Championship Series. More than 5,000 people have signed up to play in EVO 2016 this July. This makes it the largest tournament in EVO history.
But it doesn’t stop with the large number of entrants. EVO 2016 will also have the largest prize pool for an open tournament in fighting games. Ultra Street Fighter IV established these records at EVO 2014. This year’s EVO broke the records merely 4 days after registrations opened.
Evo 2016 Numbers – SFV 5065, Smash 4 – 2637, Melee – 2350, Pokken – 1165, GG:XrdR – 903, UMvC3 – 770, MKX – 707, T7 – 543, KI – 540 #Evo2016
— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) July 1, 2016
There were some problems during the launch of Street Fighter V, including bugs, nonfunctional online mode and low sales. The game will be getting all sorts of attention in this tournament, which is likely to push developers into fixing these problems. Like most previous iterations, Street Fighter V has amazing gameplay for a fighting game. Street Fighter V’s issues are likely to be overlooked if the ride is smooth sailing from this point onwards.
EVO has been the largest fighting game championship in the world for a long time, and it looks like it will keep the streak going. The main event features 9 games; Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Pokken Tournament, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.
The EVO 2016 championship will be hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It will run from July 15 to July 17 with the Street Fighter V finals taking place on the last day. Matches will be available live on the ESPN2 channel and WatchESPN streaming service. Esports has attracted ESPN’s attention for a while now.. It has previously partnered up with Blizzard and Valve to provide coverage for their tournaments.
Street Fighter V is expected to join the ranks of more traditional esports titles, such as DOTA 2 and League of Legends. With this kind of rise in popularity, esports is on its way to become more mainstream than it has ever been.