Minor Backlash Erupts After Last-Minute Donation Secured UMvC3 for EVO 2017

By   /   Feb 9, 2017

Earlier today, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 managed to win the Player’s Choice vote to secure the final spot at EVO 2017.

For the past two weeks, eight games have been taking part in a charity donation drive to determine which of them would take the remaining slot at this year’s championship.

At one point, Killer Instinct raised $5,000 to get an impressive lead over the other games. However, in the remaining days, it was a race between Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Pokkén Tournament.

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Near the end, it seemed like the brawler from Bandai Namco Studios would finish with ease. However, within minutes of the conclusion of the fundraiser, Justin “Justin Wong” Wong generously donated $2,000 to help Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 win the Player’s Choice vote of EVO 2017. His entry forced others to quickly drop their donations as well, leading to the final tally:

  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ($71,690)
  • Pokkén Tournament (66,906)

Once the results were out, former UMvC3 champion Nicolas “KaneBlueRiver” Gonzalez took to Twitter to take a friendly jab at Wong. His notion of it being easy to donate if you’re earning good didn’t go well with the fighting game community.

He apologized for his comment soon after, clarifying that it was taken out of context, but it wasn’t before a minor storm had peaked over the horizon. While many blasted Gonzalez for his distasteful comment, there were others who stated that it was wrong for Wong to use his position as a popular professional player to effect the votes.

The latter couldn’t be more deluded. In the last week of the charity donation drive, many players hosted live streams to represent their games of choice and request viewers to take part in the fundraiser. This included several popular figures from the community.

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Furthermore, professional players donating to tournaments is not unheard of. In December 2015, Street Fighter veteran and legend Daigo “Diago” Umehara donated all of his prize winnings from the Capcom Pro Tour finals to the EVO scholarship program. His second-place standing amounted to around $60,000.

It’s not even about contributing to a tournament. Rather, it’s working together for the benefit of a community and help it grow.

The final EVO 2017 lineup is as follows:

  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev. 2
  • Injustice 2
  • King of Fighters XIV
  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Tekken 7: Fated Retribution
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

EVO 2017 is scheduled to once again take place in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, running from July 14-16.