Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, the organizer EVO, the most prestigious fighting games tournament in the world, uploaded the number of entrants in various games ahead of this week’s event. He uploaded the numbers for Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros 4, Super Smash Bros Melee, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Blaz Blue, and King of Fighters, and some games have seen large drops in entrants.
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Perhaps the most surprising figure is in Street Fighter V, where the competitor pool is almost half of what it was last year. Street Fighter has seemingly grown in mainstream recognition, especially with the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational in May, but the EVO registration paints a different picture.
The Smash games also suffered significant drops. After a record 2,662 Smash 4 entrants in 2016, this year’s field will be only 1,515. Likewise, Melee registration is down to 1,435 from 2,373.
In all, there will be almost 3,000 fewer entrants in EVO this year, even with the addition of three games. Injustice 2 received 883 entrance in its inaugural year at EVO. The field for Tekken 7 also underwent a significant increase, as it is up to 1,278 after having 549 entrance in 2016.
EVO takes place next weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Cover photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE