Round 2 – Fight!
The Evolution Championship Series, or EVO, is opening a second tournament in Japan scheduled to take place in 2018. The tournament, which focuses exclusively on fighting games, is the biggest fighting game tournament in the world. Since its inception in 1996, the event has grown exponentially and is a large jewel in crown for esports across the globe: it’s no surprise that a second event in Japan has been announced.
The line-up of games has yet to be released, but it will be interesting to see how it differs from the Las Vegas event. Official confirmation came by way of the official EVO twitter:
— EVO (@EVO) September 15, 2016
Fighting game website Shoryuken reported last week that ‘EVO Japan, LLC’ is now a registered legal entity and has large media conglomerate backing. The Japanese companies that have invested in the event are: Shochiku Broadcasting, Aetas, and Hearts United Group. Together the three companies represent a $1 million investment.
One of the major issues with esports at present is the lack of non-endemic sponsorship and financial backing, with the majority of investments coming by way of gaming industry developers or hardware sellers. The presence of a large, media investment group could bolster the profile of both the tournament and esports as a whole.