This year’s Evolution Championship Series (better known as Evo) has seen the in-person tournaments this year canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the show must go on. The organizers behind the premier fighting game tournament have said that despite not having the flagship events in Las Vegas in 2020, there will be an EVO 2020 after all. And now it has been announced that EVO Online, the first fully online tournament for EVO in the modern era will take place.
Evo Online will feature “special exhibitions and content” to help highlight the roster and promote games, but the only games that will be shown during the event are those with online play. This change necessitates some shifts in the roster of tournaments, as well as the groups of participants. The organizers put out a new promotional trailer for the event, which can be seen below.
EVO Online will also include a new set of tournaments that will be a pretty big departure from the normal EVO 2020 lineup. Notable here is that premier and popular Nintendo Switch fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will no longer be part of the core field of events. The full roster of main games and some other details can be found below.
Here are the main games being spotlighted this year.
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Granblue Fantasy Versus
- Samurai Shodown
- Soulcalibur 6
- Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition
- Tekken 7
- Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
EVO Online will also feature open tournaments from the following games, which were not previously part of the 2020 official lineup:
- Killer Instinct
- Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
- Skullgirls 2nd Encore
- Them’s Fightin’ Herds
Evo Online will take place the following dates:
- July 4-5
- July 11-12
- July 18-19
- July 25-26
- July 31-Aug. 2