Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that it has jointly acquired the Evolution Championship Series, the world’s largest and longest-running fighting game tournament, with RTS. Tom and Tony Cannon, co-founders of EVO, will continue to serve in an advisory role to ensure that the tournament continues to meet the needs of the fighting game community. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Mark Julio, head of business development at EVO, also confirmed that EVO will remain open to all platforms despite Sony Interactive Entertainment ownership. Here is what Julio had to say:

Also very important to note. EVO is still open to all platforms. The teams at PlayStation and RTS are enabling us to continue working with our community to support fighting games.

Sony Interactive Entertainment also confirmed that EVO will return in 2021 as EVO Online, the event will take place over two weekends in August. The event will be held on from the 6th to the 8th of August 2021 and then again from the 13th to the 15th of August 2021. Entry to the event will be free and will be open to players in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, the online qualifiers will also be livestreamed.

The following games have been confirmed for the tournament:

  • Guilty Gear: Strive (Arc System Works)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition (Capcom)
  • Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Other games as well as the streaming schedule will be revealed at a later date.

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