Registrations for the annual Evolution Championship Series (EVO 2017) closed on the weekend, and later made public to draw comparisons with past iterations.
In total, 10,082 competitors have signed up to be part of the largest fighting games tournament on the planet. This is slightly lower than last year when 14,680 competitors registered themselves. That being said, there is never a guarantee that all of them will eventually show up. There are bound to be several dropping out in the last minute.
EVO 2017 Registration Numbers:
- Street Fighter V: 2622
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 1515
- Super Smash Bros. Melee: 1435
- Tekken 7: 1278
- Injustice 2: 883
- Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2: 827
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: 648
- BlazBlue Central Fiction: 499
- The King of Fighters XIV: 375
Street Fighter V is once again the star attraction of the event. However, the number of participants has reduced by nearly half since last year. Over five thousand players signed up for EVO 2016, a major increment over past iterations. The exciting release of Street Fighter V helped attract competitors in hordes. Unfortunately, a year of dealing with half-baked promises from Capcom has seemingly dissolved all of that excitement for the latest installment in the series.
On the other hand, Tekken 7 has more than doubled its amount of participants since last year. It undoubtedly has to do with the game’s console-release last month. Provided that Bandai Namco puts in the work, Tekken 7 should see to a larger crowd next year.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 has more or less retained the same number of players. With the upcoming release of Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, it will be interesting to see whether the newfound focus on accessibility helps in the growth of the community for the next EVO installment.
It is strange to see Injustice 2 with those numbers. The latest offering from NetherRealm Studios was highly praised by both critics and amateur players upon its release in May. The first premium event of the 2017 Injustice 2 Pro Series was also conducted shortly afterwards, springing a lot of competitors from key regions. If anything, Injustice 2 was expected to at least cross a thousand players.
EVO 2017 is scheduled to take place between July 14-16 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.