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EVO Championship Series Using Charity to Determine its 8th Game

Even those unfamiliar with the fighting game scene may have heard of the EVO Championship Series, the world’s biggest fighting game tournament.  Usually held in July, fighting game players around the globe come to Las Vegas to compete in a slew of games.  For this year’s event, EVO decided to have an unprecedented 8 games in the tournament lineup.  The first 7 are listed below:

  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Mortal Kombat 9
  • Street Fighter x Tekken 2013
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Persona 4 Arena

I’m psyched that Persona 4 Arena made it. It’s an amazing game, and I can’t wait to see what the top players are going to bring to the table.

All the ones from last year are still here on this list, with Persona 4 Arena and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 being the newcomers.  With the eight game, EVO decided to let fans vote for what they wanted to see the most.  But rather than simply taking a poll, a donation drive will be held to see which game takes the coveted final spot at EVO.  All of the donations will be going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Here are the games that are in contention:

  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition
  • Virtua Fighter 5
  • Divekick
  • Melty Blood Actress Again Current
  • MLP: Fighting is Magic
  • Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Capcom vs. SNK 2
  • Injustice
  • Skullgirls
  • Street Fighter II Super Turbo
  • Blazblue
  • Soul Calibur V
  • Darkstalkers 3

For those that want to see their favorite make it onto the big stage, while also giving a little something to charity, the official page to donate can be found here.  The winner will be determined at the end of January.

I think this is a really neat twist on fan voting, and I’m curious to see which game will make it.  In my dream world, I’m hoping Super Smash Bros. Melee somehow makes it.  I was one of those crazy people that really dug into its mechanics and became hugely interested in its brief stint in the MLG circuit back in its heyday.

Melee? Yes. Brawl? No.