The largest fighting game tournament has arrived. Here is everything you need to know about EVO 2019 Championship Series.
EVO 2019: Everything You Need To Know. Guide, Start Date, Schedule
The largest fighting gaming event is here, and fighting fans all around the world tune in to EVO (Evolution). It’s one of the longest-running tournaments in esports history, and have been around for more than a decade. EVO hosts a three-day event which involves the main fighting game tournaments as well as exhibitions and a Bring Your Own Controller (BYOC) so that fans can compete against other attendees. As well, there’s a meet up so fans get to interact with some of the top fighters in the world. The event is organized by Joey Cuellar, Tom Cannon, and Tony Cannon.
Here is everything you need to know for EVO 2019.
When Is EVO 2019?
EVO 2019 will be from August 2-4 which is a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Evolution will be a 3-day event.
Where is EVO this year?
The venue for EVO 2019 will be at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The exact address is 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA. To find out more information about the location click here. The Mandalay Bay Hotel is situated on the south end of the Vegas Strip between The Four Seasons and Luxor.
Attendees of EVO 2019 can take up the discounted room rate at the hotel. To inquire about it, visit evo.shoryuken.com.
There will be two locations where events will be taking place at Mandalay Bay:
- Mandalay Bay Convention Center: Friday and Saturday matches will take place here.
- Mandalay Bay Events Center: Sunday’s matches will take place here.
What is the EVO Schedule?
For Friday and Saturday, there will be panels that fans go can go to and enjoy great content. The panels are only happening on two days, Aug 2nd and 3rd. Here’s the panels schedule:
Held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (South Pacific Ballroom I&J)
- 10:00 am – Data Beyond Games hosted by Glenn Cravens
- 12:00 pm – How to Beat Up your Friends with Frame Data and Hitboxes hosted by Thomas Shin
- 2:00 pm – Evolution of Streaming in the FGC – Xsplit (Stream) Monsters Inc. by Twitch Twitch
- 4:00 pm – Women of the FGC – ComboQueens Applying for Sponsorships hosted by Jacqueline Manor
- 6:00 pm – What’s stopping you? hosted by Michael Begum
- 8:00 pm – Live Drawing with Mori and Konomi hosted by ARCSYS
The official EVO 2019 fighting game tournament schedule is as follows:
Day 1: Friday, August 2 – Mandalay Bay Convention Center (BAYSIDE C & D)
The doors will open at 8:00 am. Attendees are encouraged to go early to clear security. Tournaments Start at 10:00 am. Here are the games that will be showcased at EVO the fighting tournament:
- Street Fighter V
- Smash Ultimate
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Tekken 7
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
- DragonBall FighterZ
- Soul Calibur 6
- Samurai Shodown
*The tournament finals will showcase Soul Calibur VI at 8:00 pm.
Day 2: Saturday, August 2 – Mandalay Bay Convention Center (BAYSIDE C & D)
On day 2, the doors open at 8:00 am, and it’s recommended to come early once again to clear security. The fighting game tournaments Start at 10:00 am. Featured games are the exact same as Day 1 above. However, the tournament finals are different which have the schedule as follows:
- Unist – 10:00 am
- DragonballFighterZ – 1:00 pm
- Samurai Shodown – 4:00 pm
- Mortal Kombat 11 – 8:00 pm
Day 3: The EVO Finals – Mandalay Bay Events Center
The start time for championship Sunday is 9:00 am. The doors open up at 8:00 am. There is a separate ticket required for the finals since it’s hosted at a different location in the Mandalay Bayt Convention Center. Here’s the schedule for the EVO finals alongside the games featured:
- 9:00 am – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
- 12:00 pm – Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
- 3:30 pm – Tekken 7
- 7:00 pm – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Every day the event will run from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, and the event will end at 10:00 pm on Sunday (Aug.3rd). There will also be an after-party for EVO, however, more details are to be announced.
What are the EVO Rules and Format?
EVO is an open tournament, so you don’t need to be invited to participate. There are hundreds of competitors that will attend, so organizers divide the tournament into 3 phases:
- Qualification Pools: There are pools will consist of 8 or more people (depending on how many players attend). Each pool will be a double-elimination bracket. When two players remain, they advance to the Semifinals.
- Semifinal Bracket: Top two players from each pool move to a double-elimination bracket, and if any of the top two players have a loss it carries over to the Semis and they fall into the Losers Bracket”. Players without a loss start in the “Winners Bracket”. Top 8 players in the semis move to the EVO finals.
- Tournament Finals: Losses carry over to the EVO finals in which players continue playing in their brackets. Whoever stands last wins EVO 2019.
The prize money is split in percentages; 60/20/10/4/2/2/1/1 between the top 8 players in the EVO tournament. The prize pool is dependant on how many people enter the tournament.