Thursday, 14 November, 2019

EVO 2019 entrant numbers revealed, numerous records broken

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch.

Ultimate has been very popular since its release past year, it's safe to say, and it seems this has translated into esports popularity as well, since the signup numbers for Evo 2019 - the biggest fighting game event in the world - have broken records.

As we inch closer and closer to the Evolution Championship Series (EVO), the numbers of participants have continued to grow.

The fact that Melee was dropped from the tournament all but guaranteed Ultimate's player base would dwarf previous games, but the massive increase in overall Smash Bros. players is quite impressive.

Whether or not the Hero comes out this month, he's heading to Smash Bros. sooner rather than later.

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The real victor here may just be developer Arc System Works, who have a grand total of three games that'll be used in competition: The superb Dragon Ball FighterZ, the bonkers-titled UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late [st] and the heavily underrated Blazblue.

Nintendo's multiplayer mascot brawl "Super Smash Bros". However, one game stands above all in terms of registered competitors, and that's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Last year, Dragon Ball FighterZ led all featured games with 2,575 entries, just narrowly beating out Street Fighter V. Its first year did not disappoint, with a memorable tournament and the highest concurrent viewer count ever.

For the rest, we can only remind you that the next edition of the EVO 2019 will be held at the beginning of next month; specifically between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 August. "Ultimate" is not only the fastest-selling Switch game and best-selling fighting game of all time, but, at Evo 2019, will also become subject of the annual tournament's biggest ever title fight.

While eSports and competitive gaming in general have taken off in popularity recently, Evo has long stood as one of the biggest events in the industry, especially for players of the fighting games the event is focused on.

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