This years Evolution Championship Series, better known as Evo, will have the highest number of competitors to date. While some players are expected to compete in multiple championships, the official registration count comes from a tweet from Evo co-founder Joey Cuellar:
- Street Fighter V – 5,065
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 2,637
- Super Smash Bros. Melee – 2,350
- Pokkén Tournament – 1,165
- Guilty Gear – 903
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – 770
- Mortal Kombat X – 707
- Tekken 7 – 543
- Killer Instinct – 540
The contestants totalling around 14k will battle it out between July 15th – 17th in a bid to find out who reigns supreme at Evo 2016. The championships will be held in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
Street Fighter V‘s top eight finalists will also be battling it out in front of millions on ESPN2. The sports broadcasting centre has previously covered competitions for Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends. In a post on ESPN Media Zone, VP of programming and acquisitions, John Lasker, said:
“The Street Fighter V World Championship will be one of the must-see competitions from the Evo finals…We are always exploring ways to serve the growing and passionate audience of competitive gaming, and we look forward to delivering this event to fans.”
Live coverage of the Street Fighter V finals will begin at 10 pm. ET from the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas.