Evo 2019 Is The First Time A Street Fighter Game Won't Be The Finale

TJ Denzer,

July 25, 2019 8:20 PM

Evo pretty much always ends with a Street Fighter game, but 2019 is letting Smash Bros Ultimate cap things off for once.

Some things can almost always be expected at the yearly Evolution Fighting Series (Evo) tournament. One of those things is that a Street Fighter game is usually the grand finale, but Evo 2019 is shaking things up. After having taken the most entrants by far, Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be capping things off at this year’s event. Is it simply the flickering flame of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition pushing it down, superiority of Smash Ultimate, or something else entirely?

“Mr Wizard” Joey Cuellar made the announcement on July 22, 2019 via his personal twitter. As per his announcement, the Evo 2019 Finals will proceed as follows.

  • Sunday: Soulcalibur VI
  • Saturday: Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st], Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11
  • Sunday: BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Many have begun to speculate the reasons for this change. The Evo 2019 registration numbers themselves would point to the idea that Smash Ultimate is simply the more popular game. However, a recent announcement by Sony as official sponsor of Evo 2019 on July 23 may mean something else. Sony has hinted at a further announcement during Evo 2019 and Street Fighter V’s earlier slot may be appropriate for that. As Evo 2018 saw the SFV Grand Finals running far into the evening of Sunday, Capcom and Sony may be banking on more viewers to be around for an earlier Street Fighter session. Of course, this is also dependant on the idea of a new Street Fighter game being Sony platform exclusive the way that SFV was.

It’s also worth noting Tekken 7 is in the spot that Dragon Ball FighterZ was in for Evo 2018, which drew the single most viewed slot during twitch with highest concurrent viewers recorded. Meanwhile, SFV is in Tekken 7’s 2018 slot which didn’t do bad either. It could be that the earlier slots on Sunday can be considered to be the more primetime slots while the last is more of a wind-down as viewers start to trail off late into the night.

Whatever the case, it would appear some interesting things are about to go down at Evo 2019. Between Smash Ultimate scoring the most entrants of any game and taking the Finale, there’s going to be a lot of eyes on it come Sunday evening August 4, 2019. We’ll look forward to seeing how it and everything else on the Evo ledger delivers in this fine year of fighting game fun.


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