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How to watch EVO 2022, the most exciting fighting game tournament

Nature may not be fully healed from the pandemic yet, but EVO is live in Las Vegas again, so hopefully that means things are better. For the first time since 2019 and after Sony became co-owner in 2021, the Evolution Championship Series – one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world, if not the biggest – is broadcast live from the hotel Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. From today until Sunday August 8, some of the best fighting game players in the world will compete in nine different games, including Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, King of Fighters XVand Tekken 7.

EVO 2022 will stream on Twitch across seven different channels to ensure you don’t miss any of the nine different tournaments taking place. Most of the time will be spent in the pool stage of each game where participants compete against the best of two to qualify for the next round of competition. The best of the best from each match will appear in the Top 8 Championships throughout the weekend.

There are nine games you can watch this year.

Tekken 7
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Guilty Equipment Effort
SkullGirls: 2nd encore
King of Fighters XV
Granblue Fantasy VS
Melty Blood: Lumina-Type
Street Fighter V Championship Edition

You can watch the coolest, weirdest, hairiest fighter around on Friday as Dominique “SonicFox” McLean fights his way through SkullGirls: 2nd encore pools culminating in the last 8 rounds of the Top 8 starting at 7:00 p.m. PDT. SonicFox could also make an appearance in the Dragon Ball Fighter Z tournament with its final round taking place on August 6 at 8 p.m. PDT.

Multiversethe damn decent arena fighter from WB Games, fills the Super Smash Bros. -sized hole in the competition with a $100,000 exhibition tournament taking place starting Aug. 6 at 3:00 p.m. PDT. Super Smash Bros Ultimate was removed from the lineup after, according to a tweet from EVONintendo has chosen not to allow the return of the essential EVO since 2007.

Multiverse is still in open beta but is garnering a lot of positive buzz for being a decent smash-As. Under tournament rules, LeBron James and The Iron Giant — two characters released at the start of the open beta in June — are banned from play, reportedly for balance issues.

EVO 2022 will close the weekend with the Top 8 of Tekken 7 and King of Fighters XV. Even if you don’t typically play fighting games, EVO is one of the most exciting and accessible esports tournaments you can watch. There are no complicated rules to learn or strategies to know to understand the action unfolding in front of you. It’s just two people using their digital avatars to battle it out, while some of the coolest commentators in the business narrate the action. Having the tournament live again makes it even more enjoyable as the excitement of the crowd boosts the hype for the game 10x. EVO is all the best parts of watching an MMA tournament without blood or CTE.


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