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Over 2,500 entrants in DBFZ, six games at over 1,000 and a single player making the difference between Smash games - EVO 2018 entrant numbers revealed

With all the entrant numbers combined, this year's eight games surpass last year's nine games by over 1,000 people

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • July 20, 2018 at 2:43 a.m. PDT • Comments: 157

After many months of rankings and speculation, we can finally get our hands on the official entrant numbers for EVO 2018.

There are some big shifts going on here, with Dragon Ball FighterZ nabbing the #1 spot over the main Street Fighter game, thereby bumping it down from the top for the first time since the release of Street Fighter 4.

Another interesting tidbit is that besides the growing Tekken 7, the games are all down in entrants compared to last year, and while this may initially sound like bad news, the super strong showings from new titles Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle solidify this as a bigger tournament overall than last year's EVO, despite having one title less than it, though numbers are still down overall compared to the gargantuan event that was EVO 2016.

Of course, you're not here to hear me ramble about statistics, you're here to see the actual numbers! Don't worry, we've got them for you - check out Mr Wizard's tweet detailing all of the numbers below.

Continue below for a comparison table with previous EVO years to put the numbers in better context.

A chart was made up last year of EVO entrants for each game from 2012 to 2017 by SRK Ranking. While the 2018 numbers aren't part of this, you can use it to cross-reference with Mr. Wizard's tweet above. Worth noting that Pokkén Tournament's entrants from 2016 are missing in this chart, and if you're curious, it had 1,180 entrants that year.

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The top dog this year, Dragon Ball FighterZ, lands at 2,530 entrants, putting at the 4th highest entrant number for any game present at EVO ever, behind the 2,622 that registered for Street Fighter 5 last year, the 2,656 for Super Smash Bros. 4 in 2016 and the monumental 5,102 entrants for Street Fighter 5 back in its launch year of 2016.

This also means that Dragon Ball FighterZ has had the second highest amount of entrants at EVO in its launch year of any game, behind Street Fighter 5's premier performance in 2016.

Perhaps more notably, though, we have a whopping 6 games at over 1,000 entrants each — the highest previous instances are 4 games to reach this milestone in the same year, in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

There is a lot more to extrapolate from these numbers, but I'll leave it to you to discuss it in the comments. Let us know your thoughts on how EVO 2018 is shaping up.

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