Sony introduced immediately that it and a brand new enterprise known as RTS have acquired Evo, the annual preventing sport event.
Evo began in 1996 and has change into probably the most prolific annual preventing sport event on the planet. Throughout that point, it had remained unbiased, though it attracted loads of sponsors. Now, one of many greatest names in gaming owns Evo.
Sony notes that Evo cofounders Tom and Tony Cannon “… will stay intently concerned in an advisory position to make sure Evo continues to service the preventing sport neighborhood and assist its vibrant progress.”
So … what does Sony want with a preventing sport event? The corporate notes that preventing video games are standard on its platforms, specifying that gamers have logged in additional than 1.1 billion hours on preventing video games on PlayStation consoles in 2020. However these are all third-party titles like Capcom’s Road Fighter V and Arc System Works’ Dragon Ball Fighterz. Sony hasn’t made a first-party preventing sport since PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale in 2012, a title that I feel solely I preferred.
That is additionally an odd time to put money into esports. Because of the pandemic, in-person occasions have been cancelled. The shift has induced one thing of a lull within the progress of the sector, one thing that Activision Blizzard blamed this week for its resolution to fireplace folks from its esports workforce.
Evo bumped into issues final yr. Other than the pandemic, then-Evo CEO Joey Cuellar was named in a number of sexual abuse allegations. Evo’s board eliminated him, and plenty of publishers pulled out of the occasion, inflicting the cancellation of the present. The scenario could have given Evo’s house owners a motive to need to promote and set up a brand new chapter for the occasion. Together with the announcement of the acquisition, Evo launched an announcement promising safer occasions.
A message to our neighborhood. For extra info go to https://t.co/6JHZCsJsXr pic.twitter.com/uj0NKRW30m
— EVO (@EVO) March 18, 2021
The following Evo occasion can be on-line and can happen this August. Up to now, Tekken 7, Road Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11 Final, and Responsible Gear Try have been revealed as video games for the occasion.
Nintendo’s Smash Bros. collection is normally part of the present. We’ll need to see if a preventing sport that you may’t play on PlayStation can be welcomed on the occasion this yr (or if Nintendo is even ).GamesBeat
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