Earlier today, EVO announced their tournament game lineups for this year via a livestream on Twitch. There are 9 games in total, 8 of them have already been locked in. The final game entry will be determined through a community charity event with 9 contestants, one of which is the newly announced Nintendo Switch title, Arms.
I would say it is a peculiar entry. We did get to see some gameplay footages of the game on YouTube, but based on that we cannot tell whether the game is cut for competitive play or not. Without knowing how in-depth the mechanics are, plus it is motion control based, it is tough for it to set a competitive scene right away. Given that, the hype for the Nintendo Switch is noticeable through Arms appearance on the list.
Other titles are worth mentioning too, such as Windjammers, a Frisbee sports game released back in 1994 on the Neo Geo arcade system, Nidhogg, a simple yet hard to master fencing game by Messhof studio, and Pokken Tournament. Despite being one of the most competitive tournament in e-Sports, EVO sure knows how to have fun and making tournaments exciting by having some interesting games for players to compete in. Seems like Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is taking the lead through the donation. If you wish to see any of the games featured in the tournament this year, let your voice be heard while donating for a good cause over at Generosity.com. Donation last until February 8th.
The confirmed lineups for this year’s EVO are:
Street Fighter 5 (Sunday Finals)
Guilty Gear Revelator 2
Smash Bros. for Wii U (Sunday Finals)
Smash Bros. Melee
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (Sunday Finals)
Tekken 7 (Sunday Finals)
King of Fighters 14
Players' choice based on community donation to charity (Sunday Finals)
EVO 2017 will be held on July 14th to 16th, once again in Las Vegas, Nevada and it will be livestreamed on Twitch too. Can’t wait for more awesome fighting game moments from the tournament itself.