Street Fighter no longer the Evo Main Event
The once-reigning championship game has dropped two spots in the list
Almost since Street Fighter IV made its way to video game consoles, it has been the primary focus of the Evo tournament in Las Vegas. The Capcom game has been the most popular of all the eSports competitions included and has continued to reign as Evo has grown. This is now apparently changing, though, as Street Fighter is no longer the Main Event for the upcoming Evo 2019. Adding insult to injury, it has also dropped two spots in the ranking.
The main event has been featured on ESPN, which has only added to Street Fighter’s popularity. In the upcoming competitions, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will only be the second of four games that will be featured in the grand finals. Taking its place are both Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The rankings are based on the number of participants and Smash Bros. garnered 3,492 registrations to take the top spot. Not making an appearance at all in the grand finals is Dragon Ball FighterZ – it has been relegated to a mid-series spot with Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat 11. Samurai Shodown’s presence is emphasized by the fact that the game was only released last month.
Evo 2019 is only about a week away. It kicks off on August 2 and concludes on August 4, and will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Vegas. The tournament may be running out of steam, as ESPN has decided to not pick it up this year and won’t broadcast the finals.