Street Fighter 5 will not be at Sai in May, a lead-up tournament to EVO Japan 2018, negotiations still being held for it to appear at the main event

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • March 20, 2017 at 10:21 a.m. PDT

EVO Japan has been announced for 2018, but we still don't know the game lineup for the event, and likely won't for a few months yet.

What has been confirmed, though, is that an upcoming Japanese event which has been described as a lead-up event to EVO Japan, Sai, will not have Street Fighter 5, apparently due to licensing issues.

Hameko, the chairman of EVO Japan, has gone on to Twitter to explain the situation briefly, noting that negotiations are currently proceeding regarding what games will be at EVO Japan 2018.
Continue below to see Hameko's tweet and my personal translation of it.
Hameko: I already wrote this elsewhere, but to clear up any misunderstandings I'm writing it here as well.

The 3rd title for our tournament in May, "Sai", is not Street Fighter 5.

However, for the EVO Japan 2018 tournament, we're currently in midst of long-lasting discussions with various involved companies to decide the titles for that event.

We're hoping to announce the full lineup at EVO in July, so please look forward to it!

Stay tuned for more details regarding EVO Japan 2018 and its games lineup in the coming months.

Source: FG English Twitter Account, via Street Fighter Reddit.
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