The new Evolution Championship Series (Evo 2020) is currently being dominated by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate months ahead of launch. The largest fighting game event in the world (and of the year) has mostly seen Street Fighter take the spotlight in every annual iteration. That may still be the case but after registrations were officially opened earlier this month, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Evo 2020 game with the most player-entries for the time being.
Taking to Twitter recently, Joey “MrWiz” Cuellar, president of the Evo brand, shared the tournament games with the most registrations without actually sharing the number of entries. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is in the lead with Tekken 7 in second place and Street Fighter 5 in third. Once again, take note that these Evo 2020 rankings are for the first half of February. There are still five months to go before the event officially kicks off.
Evo 2020 Registration Leaderboard – February Edition
1) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2) Tekken 7
3) Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
4) Granblue Fantasy: Versus
5) Soul Calibur 6
6) DragonBall FighterZ
7) Under Night In-Birth [CL-R]8) Samurai Shodown#Evo2020
— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) February 10, 2020
Something of interest is that Evo 2019 was the first iteration in six years to remove Super Smash Bros. Melee for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That decision proved positive results as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate shattered all past records with the most amount of entries taken, 35 percent higher than Dragon Ball Fighter Z which had the most entries in Evo 2018. Hence, riding the same wave, there is little surprise in seeing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate dominate Evo 2020 as well.
However, that is not saying the game will continue to lead the number of entries. As mentioned above, there are still five months to go before Evo 2020 starts. Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7 may yet shuffle the rankings. The former had the second-most number of entries last year, with the latter following in third place.
Take also note that Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes was a surprise addition for Evo 2020 and will consist of an eight-man tournament. Four of them have already been invited for being previous champions: Justin Wong, IFC YipeS, Duc Do, and Sandford Kelly. The other four will be determined at a future date, which is also why the game is missing from the Evo 2020 list provided by Cuellar.
Evo 2020 will take place from July 31 – August 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make sure to tune into the live stream.