Everyone is going to watch the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) from a distance this summer. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, it will only go online in 2020. The organization behind it reported on Twitter, but still offers a whole range of tournaments with popular fighting games.
EVO 2020 will feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and other titles.
Every year, thousands of professional players and fans gather in Mandalay Bay for EVO. It won’t happen in 2020, but the organization behind the event is likely planning to return to Las Vegas in 2021 or 2022. No one knows how the global pandemic will remain in the coming months, and new outbreaks could affect new areas until the treatment or vaccine is developed. Many companies and organizations that host annual events in the calendar year are ready to host only online versions by 2021.
In addition to EVO, the gaming industry lost the personal component of E3 2020 during the continuing crisis. However, IGN will host the “Summer of Gaming” event in the upcoming June, and Geoff Keighly just announced a multi-month “Summer Game Fest” to highlight the major, independent developers are planning to release. As a result, players around the world still have a lot to enjoy, although popular events like EVO and E3 will be dramatically different in 2020.
EVO has not indicated whether the online edition of the annual event will take place on the same days. It was originally supposed to run from July 31st to August 2nd.