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Sony Acquires the Tournament Series Evo Joins the PlayStation family

Sebastian Quintanilla
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Sony Acquires the Tournament Series EVO joins PlayStation family
Photo courtesy of Robert Paul for Evo
With the online 2021 Evo series starting in August, how will Sony influence the competition?

The historic tournament series Evolution Championship Series (Evo) has been brought under the PlayStation umbrella and the Sony Interactive Entertainment structure. Coming with is also the esport investment group RTS.

In the press release, Sony clarified that Evo's co-founders, Tony and Tom Cannon, would work closely with the series as key advisors. What key advisors mean exactly remains to be seen, but the company was quick to get ahead of that discussion by ensuring fans of the following.

Evo remains a one-of-a-kind, grassroots competitive platform for fighting game players and fans around the globe. This collaboration will propel Evo even further as the premier fighting game tournament and foster the continued growth of the competitive gaming community on all platforms
Sony Interactive Entertainment statement

What This Means for Evo 2021

Both Sony and Evo, in their communications on Twitter, have expressed excitement for the upcoming Evo Online 2021 August. Though not many new information was made available, we know that Guilty Gear Strive, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter 5 will be part of the 2021 fixture in an open format for a limited set of regions. The same release noted that we could have more information in the following weeks to months, which is a pretty big window of time.

Tony and Tom, for their part, have stated in the Sony release and in the letter shared by the Evo Twitter account that being part of the SIE and RTS group will allow the series to tap into a much larger logistics network and its accompanying experts.

The series is no longer in the hands of the two brothers and instead will be placed under the management of a joint venture established by SIE and RTS, with the costs being split among the two groups. These costs include the acquisition cost, as noted in the press release.

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