Evo 2014 Is Upon Us
The greatest fighting game tournament ever is upon us once again. Evo means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For competitors it is the most elite gaming tournament all year and a chance to make a name for themselves among the best players in the world. To fans it is a place where they can be themselves and come watch their favorite E-sports legends while showing off their support through swag and hype. And for the millions of people that can’t actually be there this weekend some treat it like a Super Bowl Sunday or the World Series. Friends get together and bbq and play their favorite fighting games while glued to the stream on Twitch. And Evo 2014 will be no different.
To me, and I am sure for many others that have been a part of the fighting game scene for years, Evo has always been about community. Most of the major competitors are sponsored these days and are a part of opposing teams. And once pools start there is only one goal in mind. However, this is a group of competitors that have grown up together on and off the court. Evo to me is a place where fighting games have created friendships and bonds between these great competitors. At the same time it has given fans, whether causal or serious, a chance to experience and be included in something great. And every July we, as a community, are able to join these players on the final FGC battlefield of the year in Vegas.
Very few ever saw the Fighting Game Community growing to the size it is today. Mere years ago I can remember playing MVC2 during B5 at the GameRoom in Folsom, California and thinking how huge the community had become. It was also an exciting time back then. Watching Justin Wong’s rise to power in MVC2 as his Cammy made epic Akuma-style comebacks. Or watching all the Japanese competition freestyling in Alpha 3. Watching that community turn into what it has become today has been an epic journey and the Evo 2013 video always makes me reflect. Smash Bros. rise to the big stage in the last two years further proves that everyone in the community has a voice. Through pure determination and hype they have been welcomed with open arms to the celebration and are in it for the long haul. These last few years millions of people now watch Evo either live or on stream and the tournament has become a household name. E-sports is now a reality. One that many gamers only dreamed of growing up. The FGC is one of the primary contributors to that. So pack up your pad or stick, grab your best gamer swag, and get safely to Vegas’ Evo 2014 so we can celebrate once again as being a part of the greatest community in E-sports.
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