Evolution Championship Series, also known as EVO. It is just like Wimbledon in the field of tennis or Masters in golf — you can also imagine a boxing heavyweight title match. Just like those, EVO is definitely the name which fighting gamers would first mention when they are asked “What is the world’s best fighting game tournament?”
Over the summer, more than 10,000 fighting game players from all over the world gather holding their own controllers to the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The maximum number of the viewers for the Street Fighter V Grand Final, which is the event’s biggest title, reached nearly 5 million people, and everyone can see the crowning of the top player in the world representing the fighting games of that year.
A young Japanese man is challenging the rest of EVO.
A 20-year-old man, John Takeuchi, plays for Team Liquid, which is a prestigious team in North America. John, who is participating in it for the second time in his career, talks about EVO:
“It was in 2015 that I first seriously watched EVO. It is when the Japanese player, Momochi, won the championship. Since I was a player around the top 10 ranking in Japan among those who were using the same character at that time, I did not imagine that I would be a professional game player or even could be a pro at all. However, I still remember what it was like watching the games while being moved by the big title match and wishing that I would like to be that strong.”