Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Breaks Series Record For Evo 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Breaks Series Record For Evo 2019

A huge turnout for Ultimate's debut year.

The final turnout for the largest fighting game tournament in the world is in, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has risen to the top of the fold. In its first year of eligibility, Ultimate beat out several other games to hit almost 3500 registered competitors.

Evo president Joey Cuellar posted final numbers yesterday, listing out the number of entrants in each of the nine main event titles. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tops the list at 3492, with Street Fighter V trailing at 1929 and Tekken 7 at 1885. It's the largest historical showing for Smash Bros. at Evo; the next closest is Super Smash Bros. For Wii U in 2016, which brought in almost 2700 players but was overshadowed by Street Fighter V's debut setting an all-time record at over 5000 entrants.

For new games on the scene, Mortal Kombat 11 brings in 1567 while Samurai Shodown garnered an impressive 1719, a testament to its competitive appeal. Soulcalibur 6 comes in fairly low at 742 entrants, and Dragon Ball FighterZ has a surprisingly low 1191 given its almost-headliner status last year.

Evo, short for Evolution Championship Series, is a long-running hallmark of the fighting game scene. Players from around the world gather to compete in different tournaments, vying for the top spot in modern fighting games. While it doesn't garner the prize pool of events like Dota 2's The International, it carries a significant amount of prestige due to its tournament nature-rather than using invites or qualifiers, anyone can enter and stake a claim as the best of the best.

Smash fans were notably upset with the removal of Super Smash Bros. Melee from the Evo lineup, but it seems like turnout for the new Smash has been huge. Whether this results in Ultimate headlining Evo 2019 as the final game of the Sunday finals could be interesting, seeing as Street Fighter and Tekken are both set for Sunday as well, alongside BlazBlue.

Evo 2019 will run from August 2 through 4 in Las Vegas, and air live on Twitch across several different channels. If you want to read more about the history of one of the largest fighting game tournaments in history, check out our Evo oral history.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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