EVO Japan's prize pools reach over $90,000 for the mainstage titles with Tekken 7 payouts larger than the World Tour Finals

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 15, 2019 at 10:56 a.m. PST

EVO Japan is returning for its second year with the action starting a month from now, and it appears as though Tekken, Street Fighter and other mainstage game players have even more reason to check out the free major this time around.

The prize pools for EVO Japan 2019 have now been revealed for Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, The King of Fighters 14 and Soul Calibur 6 where a total of 10 million yen or around $92,000 will be available for players to take home for placing in the top 8.

All games at the inaugural tournament featured a base 1 million yen prize pool — except for Nintendo's titles, but both SF5 and Tekken 7 have been majorly bumped up this year to 3 million yen — $27,600 — which is actually larger than the Tekken World Tour Finals' pay outs for 2018.

The Tekken World Tour Finals last year featured a $20,000 prize pool where first place took home $7,500 though the money was split between each of the top 20 competitors instead of just top 8. Grand finals winners for both Tekken and Street Fighter will each take home over $13,000 — which is higher than the standard Capcom Pro Tour major winnings of $7,000 but less than EVO's now $20,000 for SF5.

Each of the other four mainstage titles will feature 1 million yen prize pools like 2018 though Soul Calibur 6 and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle are new titles for this year in place of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, BlazeBlue: Central Fiction, and ARMS.

There are two notable titles that have been left off of EVO Japan's roster with Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not making the cut for unannounced reasons though DBFZ has faced some cancelled events in recent months.

A big venue change has also occurred for EVO's expansion as it has moved over 670 miles from Tokyo, Japan down South to Fukuoka where numbers have seen an apparent decline for attendees from 2018 though that could still change. EVO Japan is scheduled to run from February 15–17 at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center, and you can take a look at the full prize pool breakdowns for the six mainstage titles after the jump.

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Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7 - EVO Japan prize pool and pay outs

Placement Yen Prize Dollar Prize
Prize Pool 3 million yen $27,600
1st Place 1.5 million yen $13,800
2nd Place 600,000 yen $5,500
3rd Place 300,000 yen $2,700
4th Place 180,000 yen $1,650
5th and 6th Place 120,000 yen $1,100
7th and 8th Place 90,000 yen $828

BlazBlue, Soul Calibur, King of Fighters and Guilty Gear - EVO Japan prize pool and pay outs

Placement Yen Prize Dollar Prize
Prize Pool 1 million yen $9,200
1st Place 500,000 yen $4,600
2nd Place 200,000 yen $1,840
3rd Place 100,000 yen $920
4th Place 60,000 yen $550
5th and 6th Place 40,000 yen $360
7th and 8th Place 30,000 yen $276
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