Evo 2019 Entrant Numbers

Bryan Dawson,

July 15, 2019 5:40 PM

The Evo 2019 registration numbers are in. Find out how many players registered for each Evo game this year!

The Evolution Fighting Game Championship is the biggest event in fighting games. Thousands of players from around the world converge on Las Vegas, NV every summer to determine who’s the best in the world. One of the annual pre-Evo highlights is when head honcho, Joey Cuellar, reveals the final registration numbers for each Evo game. This year we finally have the Evo 2019 entrant numbers for each game. Let’s see how many players signed up for each game at Evo 2019!

New games generally bring in new players and many of them this year performed well. Smash Bros games tend to draw a large player base and Smash Melee got left by the wayside, so it's no surprise that the relatively new Smash Ultimate handily holds the top of the list. The total number of player entrants this year is 14,321, which is up from 11,472 last year. That’s not unique entrants (those numbers are not available yet), but the total number of entrants is higher this year compared to 2018.

Game Entrants (2019) Entrants (2018)
Smash Bros Ultimate 3492 N/A
Street Fighter V 1,929 2,484
Tekken 7 1,885 1,538
Samurai Shodown 1,719 N/A
Mortal Kombat 11 1,567 N/A
UNIST 1,156 N/A
Dragon Ball FighterZ 1,191 2,575
Soul Calibur 6 742 N/A
BBTAG 640 1,178
Evo 2019 Games Lineup
Evo 2019 Games Lineup

As you can see from the table above, Smash Bros Ultimate is the number one game at Evo 2019. As this is the first year at Evo for Smash Ultimate, we don’t have numbers from last year to compare it to. However, we can compare it to the top game from Evo 2018, which was Dragon Ball FighterZ. Last year DBFZ had 2,575. Coming out of the gate without Smash Melee to distract from it, Smash Ultimate is set to have a huge showcase this year. 

Down from the 2,484 entrants last year, Street Fighter V has 1,929 entrants for Evo 2019. As the fourth year at Evo, Street Fighter V has held over well year-over-year outside of the first year where it completely blew up with 5,065 entrants. Various events like the Capcom Cup and Street Fighter League support it, but without new content for a while, it may be starting to show its age.

Tekken 7 is the only game that was featured at Evo 2017, and its presence has continued to increase year after year.. At Evo 2017 Tekken 7 had 1,278 entrants, while in 2018 Tekken 7 has increased up to 1,538 entrants. This year it sees yet another impressive increase with 1,885 competitors. 

Mortal Kombat 11Samarai Shodown, and Soul Calibur 6 were the other new games for this year. Mortal Kombat 11 and, surprisingly SamSho have been pulling their weight, but Soul Calibur 6 has failed to gain the traction that its Namco cousin Tekken has gained. Nonetheless, Mortal Kombat 11 continues to have a steady arena with the help of competitive leagues like the Kombat League and Pro KompetitionSamurai Shodown in particular is making its first year a good one. With 1,719 entrants, it's the most highly registered SNK game to appear at Evo.

A somewhat surprising drop are the likes of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Despite featuring relatively new content, it wasn't enough to keep either game from falling down the list. DBFZ in particular took a hard drop from the top spot last year to just clearing 1,191 entrants this year. BBTAG was a great watch last year, but many will likely question its position as a Sunday game with only 640 entrants to show for it. Even so, BBTAG's position at the bottom rung of entrants more than outdoes 2018 bottom performers. It drew more players than BlazBlue Central Fiction in 2018, which had 529 entrants. It also more than outdoes Injustice 2 which only saw 363 entrants at Evo 2018. That is to say, even the bottom rung of entrants at Evo 2019 are up notably from previous years.

We'll be at Evo once again this year. Be sure to keep a close eye on Twin Galaxies as we bring you a ton of Evo coverage. Evolution 2019 is being held at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, NV from August 2 through August 4.


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