The fighting game community knows that the annual Evo tournament and the Street Fighter franchise go together like peanut butter and jelly. For years, the biggest fighting genre tournament event in gaming has concluded with the Street Fighter portion and the winner of that section is unofficially considered the winner of the whole event by most circles. Evo is changing things up this time around though and handing off the featured card to the Nintendo brawler, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
It's no secret that it's been a bit of an off year for Street Fighter 5 in terms of new fighters or content, but it is still coming as a big surprise to the community that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to close out the 2019 Evo tournament. Evo head Joey Cuellar took to Twitter today to announce the final schedule and lineup of games and Smash Bros. is king of the hill.
Although Evo, or Cuellar, hasn't announced an explanation for this change, it probably has something to do with the monster sales that Smash Bros. delivered over the last year. The game was a massive hit for the Nintendo console and the enormous roster of fighters helped build excitement and bring old players back to the franchise. Street Fighter V on the other hand had a relatively quiet year in terms of new content.
Evo 2019 Finals Order!— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) July 22, 2019
Friday = SC6
Saturday = UNIST ==> DBFZ ==> SAMSHO ==> MK11
Sunday = BBTAG ==> SFV ==> TEKKEN 7 ==> SMASH#Evo2019
It will be very exciting to keep an eye on the viewership numbers for Evo when the event arrives and see how the finale numbers compare to previous years and also how they compare to the Street Fighter V numbers earlier in the day on Sunday. If Smash manages to bring in a huge viewership, it's possible that the title could return to the spotlight at next year's event, as well. Be sure to tune in during early August for full coverage of the year's most exciting fight game event.
Evo 2019 kicks off on August 2 and runs through August 4.