EVO, the Evolution Championship Series, is the end-all be-all of fighting game competitions in the video gaming world. Dragon Ball FighterZ has already proved itself good enough to dethrone Marvel vs Capcom from its throne, and now Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki will be entering EVO as a competitor.
Dragon Ball FighterZ has already taken the fighting game community by storm, having thousands of concurrent players on its launch day just on the PC, to say nothing of its Playstation 4 and Xbox One player numbers. The game entering EVO and supplanting one of the event’s most distinguished games came as a shock to many, even if Marvel vs Capcom Infinite isn’t as good as previous games.
As Dragon Ball FighterZ producer, Tomoko Hiroki probably knows the game just as well as many of the more “professional” fighting game players who have been playing the game non-stop since it released. She made the announcement that she would be attending EVO through a video posted on the official Bandai Namco YouTube channel, so it might be a matter of great prestige for a player to beat the game’s actual producer.
Each of EVO’s games have their own various tournament listings, meaning that the event is essentially eight different tournaments going on at one time, and that’s not even counting the various “unofficial” tournaments and betting culture that are also going on at the same time, where hundreds or even thousands of dollars can change hands.
Whether or not Tomoko Hiroki’s past as the Dragon Ball FighterZ producer will actually mean that she’s good at the game, her being willing to go to EVO and participate in a tournament for the game is not just a good promotional move for Bandai Namco, but also a good effort towards fan acknowledgement by Arc System Works.
EVO begins on August 3.