26 January 2017

Here are the several different fighting games expected to comprise the Evo 2017 lineup. Big things are in store this year!

While the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year are a few months away, that doesn’t mean that we can’t look to the future and smile about what’s coming up. That was the plan for Mike Ross and Joey Cuellar on the Red Bull eSports Twitch channel earlier tonight, as the two presented fans with the Evo 2017 lineup.

Unsurprisingly, our first reveal came in Street Fighter V, as last year’s experiment with airing Top 8 Finals on ESPN 2 was a major success. We even got to see Long Island Joe make an appearance, recapping just how much of an overnight sensation he became for casual viewers that weekend. With over 5,100 entrants entering the tournament last year, it will be the barometer for success as this tournament unfolds later this year.

Arc System Works and Nintendo have a great spread of representation in Evo 2017, with each having at least two titles involved in the list of major tournaments. Additionally, Bandai Namco, Warner Bros., Capcom, and SNK were represented with a title each of their own. We may see a jammed stream schedule with two Super Smash Bros. games involved, but only time will tell.


Here is your (mostly) complete Evo 2017 fighting games lineup:

  • Street Fighter V
  • Guilty Gear Xrd REV2
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Injustice 2
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction
  • Tekken 7
  • King of Fighters XIV

Finally, fans will be able to donate to Make A Wish to create the 9th and final Player’s Choice pick for Evo 2017. The choices are between Mortal Kombat XL, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Skullgirls, Pokken Tournament, Killer Instinct, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Arms, Windjammers, and Nidhogg. The winning game will have a $10,000 guaranteed pot, added by the tournament organizers, in addition to the entrant prize contributions, and will open Sunday Finals play at 8 AM PST. You have two weeks to donate up to $10,000 for the game of your choice.

The Sunday Finals games for Evo 2017 have been confirmed. In addition to the vote-in game, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for the main stage event.

So, what did you think? Are there any of your favorite fighting games missing from the Evo 2017 lineup? Was there too much a focus on certain types of fighting games, overshadowing what could be a diverse lineup? Or do you think the lineup is perfect the way it is? Let us know in the comments below.