Frosty Faustings currently has more Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle entrants than EVO Japan

Compare and contrast current numbers for both events

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 7, 2019 at 8 p.m. PST

Frost Faustings is returning in 2019 for its eleventh run, and will take place on January 18th and 19th in Elmhurst, Illinois. Though on-site registration will be available, RaphTx shared the current numbers for the 20+ titles that will be featured at the event, three of which are outpacing one of the most anticipated fighting game events of the year.

As pointed out by Steve "AceKingOffsuit" Jurek "Frosty Faustings has larger fields for Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle than EVO Japan. This is wild."

We still have 24 days before registration ends for EVO Japan so there is a chance that later comers will boost up the number of overall participants, but the event has had a few rain clouds pass over it since the completion of the inaugural run in January of last year. Though entrant numbers in 2018 were strong, (over 2,000) the event lost more than a million dollars.

Speculation as to precisely why final reports ended up in the red blames a last minute change in venue paired with a free entry policy. Said free entry policy is likely a result of Japan's anti-gambling laws, which prohibit fighting game tournaments from operating with the traditional model wherein participants pay entry fees that go into a prize pot for top placers.

When the 2019 game line up for EVO Japan was released back in mid December, many FGC members were taken aback by the fact that neither Super Smash Bros. Ultimate nor Dragon Ball FighterZ was to be featured. Smash Ultimate is the currently the leading title for Frosty Faustings with over 250 entrants, and Dragon Ball FighterZ ranks 5th with just over 170.

This year's EVO Japan will be held in Fukuoa, which is over 670 miles (1080 km) from the event's 2018 home city of Tokyo. You can view the current numbers (as of the morning of January 7th) for both Frosty Faustings and EVO Japan (as shared by Anime FGC News) by clicking the thumbnail here:

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