SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES EVOLUTION CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Sony Interactive Entertainment has acquired the Evolution Championship Series, the largest fighting game circuit in the world. As part of the announcement on Thursday, the Evo Online 2021 tournament was also revealed. =
A post on the official SIE Blog announced the acquisition, calling it the “next chapter in the story of PlayStation and Evo.” The transaction comes after a tumultuous year for the Evo brand, as it did not run any events in 2020 due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and many allegations of abuse across the fighting game community, including then-Evo organizer Joey Cuellar.
Previous Evo owners-turned strategic partners Tom and Tony Cannon addressed the allegations, releasing a statement saying, “We want to reaffirm that harassment or abuse of any kind has no place within Evo or any of our future events, and we’re taking every precaution to make sure members of our community will always be treated with the respect, dignity and decency you deserve.”
The first event of the new Evolution has also been announced: Evo Online 2021. The online-only fighting game series will feature competitions in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 11 and the upcoming Guilty Gear Strive. Four regional tournaments will be contested in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, with the finals taking place August 6-8 and 13-15.
Photo by Robert Paul, courtesy of EVO