Nearly 10,000 gamers descended on Las Vegas this weekend for the Evolution Championship Series,—referred to as Evo—an event that holds tournaments for some of the industry’s most popular video games. Business Insider notes that participants from 80 countries showed up to compete against each other in nine games.
Considered a must-see affair among video
game fans, the esports event drew crowds in person and via its online
broadcast so everyone could see which champions were crowned for games such as
Super Smash Bros: Ultimate and Tekken 7. Here is a snapshot of three of this
year’s hottest tournaments and who came
out as winners.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
Street Fighter is one of gaming’s oldest franchises, and
heading into the Evo tournament, it was already on everyone’s lips because of
the character leak that happened earlier in the week. Capcom accidentally
released news that Street Fighter 5 is adding three characters—E. Honda,
Poison, and Lucia—to its original 2016 lineup. But I digress.
With more than $19,000 on the line as prize money and titles
at stake, players headed into the 2019 Street Fighter tournament hoping to win
and/or defend their position. “Punk” Woodley is considered a fan favorite, but
he was eliminated early in the competition. ESPN
also named Tokido as a top pick for this game, but he too was taken out early. So,
who would it be? Bonchan? Daigo?
Going into the Winners Finals, it was Bonchan versus Big Bird, and in a close one where Big Bird made a comeback toward the end, Bonchan clinched the win.
Mortal Kombat 11
Love for Mortal Kombat will never die, and players in this year’s tournament didn’t disappoint with their various fighting styles for the latest version that arrived last December. But many knew who would come out on top in the matchup between Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean and Ryan “Dragon” Walker. Still, that didn’t make watching Sonic Fox’s Cassie Cage take on Dragon’s Cetrion any less exciting.
There were a few times where Dragon came close to finishing
him, but aaaaaahhhh, Cetrion’s magic and tentacles were no match for the
beatdown from Cassie. Sonic Fox came out on top, earning another notch on his
Dragon Ball FighterZ
The intense face-off between friendly rivals Sonic Fox and
Goichi “GO1” Kishida was the game to watch. Last year, Sonic Fox and GO1
went toe-to-toe in the finals for Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Sonic Fox earned
the win. So, the rematch between these two highly-skilled, frequent opponents
may have felt like it favored the champ, but that wasn’t the case.
GO1 came through in the final stretch and sealed his victory
as 2019’s winner for the game. It was an emotional moment as he broke down in
tears while his friend/challenger pat him on the back and congratulated him.
The bout is being hailed as one of the tournament’s best for this year.
Considering the level of play seen here at Evo, there are no
real losers. Gaming fans—whether fans of fighting games or not—tuned into Evo
just to find out which of their favorite competitors would beat out everyone
else. Only a few other esports events remain for this year, so keep an eye on
your fave to see whose talents wind up getting them recognized at The Game
Awards in December.