All You Need to Know About Evo 2021 Online

Elizbar Ramazashvili
5 min
All You Need to Know About Evo 2021 Online
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After last year’s cancellations of virtually everything, the world is seemingly coming back to life. The global pandemic has stopped Capcom and Tekken tours, it made it impossible to host big events and even became a big reason why Evo 2020 was canceled. But the gaming world will constantly adapt: many high-profile tournaments transformed into an online format, and Evolution Championship Series is among them. This text will help you to learn all you need to know about the upcoming Evo 2021 Online.

What changed in Evo?

The most significant change from all the previous years is that Evo is now owned and operated by Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS through a joint venture partnership. They acquired all the assets and properties from Triple Perfect, Inc. in March. Mark Julio stated that despite being run by Sony, the events wouldn’t be exclusive to the PlayStation platforms. Evo co-founders Tom and Tony Cannon will also remain closely in touch with the series in an advisory role.

When will it be held?

Evo traditionally used to be held in late Summer at a Las Vegas resort. This year, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, it can’t be an offline event. However, the dates remain relatively the same: Evo Online 2021 will occur on August 6-8 and 13-15.

What are the games?

So far, the organizers have announced only four games: Guilty Gear -Strive-, Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, and Tekken 7. Platform availability will be as follows:

Additional games will be announced at further dates.

What is the format?

Evo 2021 is an online tournament; therefore players from Asia, Europe, LATAM, and North America will play in their respective regions. Each regional tournament will feature qualifiers with a double-elimination bracket with pools format. Winners of this stage will advance to the regional semifinals. The eight best players here will play in the regional top-8 finals. Prize pools, money distribution, and eligibility lists will be announced soon.

An Evo press release lists the following countries as eligible: United States, Canada, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Western Russia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. There is no information if this is a finalized list.

What are the opinions?

One of the European Tekken 7 stars, Fergus “Fergus” McGee, shared his opinion on the upcoming Evo 2021 Online:

My expectations for the online Evo are a bit mixed, I think. It's very easy for an online tournament with a big pool of players to run overtime, and due to the nature of online and the game's stability, there might be issues with crashes, desync, and lag. I have faith that it will be fine, but I imagine it will still be difficult to run it smoothly. I don't think it will ever replace the hype that is offline Evo, but it is a good substitute for the current circumstances. I would hope that they focus on region exclusive tournaments as the netcode isn't good enough to support cross-continent play to start with.
Fergus “Fergus” McGee

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