Another gaming event was cancelled due to complications caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. This time, it was the culmination of this year’s online Evolution Championship Series, commonly known as Evo, which was set for an in-person event this November. An announcement was made on the Evo website, and then on Twitter. The complete statement can be found below.
Evo 2021 Showcase will feature many top fighters from around the world. We’re incredibly saddened to cancel the event. Each player will be personally contacted by the Evo team to thank them for their contributions. We remain dedicated to Evo’s mission of celebrating the FGC, and will continue to work towards the return of the big, live events that you expect from us.
Evo Online 2021 took place over two weekends in August. Online, players fought in five main games: Street Fighter V Champion Edition, Tekken 7 Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and Guilty Gear Strive. Skullgirls 2nd Encore was also on the agenda. The winners from every regional tournament were set to meet up in Las Vegas and compete to see who was the best in the world in their respective fighting game this November. Now that the event is no longer happening, the Evo team has decided to “individually recognize” the efforts of these regional champions.
Next year will see the return of Las Vegas-based in-person Evo. It was held in Vegas more than a decade ago before COVID and organizational scandals. While now owned by PlayStation, Evo hasn’t been quite as big or prestigious as it had been before its multiple derailments in 2020. Let’s hope the plans to get the fighting game community together for the largest tournament of the year aren’t thwarted yet again for 2022’s event.
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