Today is the final day to register for the record-breaking EVO 2019 as organizers contemplate overhauling payout structure

Let's get those final two games 1,000 entrants too for a truly crazy experience

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 14, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. PDT

EVO 2019 is shaping up to be probably the biggest year ever for the massive fighting game event dating back to the 90's, and today is the last day you can make sure you can get in on the action yourself by registering online.

Registration is set to close tonight, July 14, at 8:00 p.m. PDT, so now's your last chance to score tickets to the main event or finals day / confirm the status of your current order.

At the same time, it's appearing as though the main EVO tournament organizers are looking into updating their payout structure for the first time since 2002.

Joey 'Mr. Wizard' Cuellar took to Twitter yesterday to post a public poll asking whether the huge event should split the pot up more to benefit more players or to leave it more top heavy for first place.

The overwhelming majority of people who responded to said poll agreed to the new proposed structure with 92 percent support as of the time of writing this.

While the old way to divide the money had first place taking home 60 percent of the prize pool with second taking 20 percent and third taking 10, the proposed structure lowers first place down to 50 percent and second to 15, but everyone else in top 8 would either stay the same or get a larger cut. Seventh place for example would jump up from one percent to four — for a $20,000 prize pool that would turn $200 into $800.

Tournament payouts have been a larger talking point for the community in recent years, as majors have largely grown in size for attendance and scale though only the top 8 placers are usually compensated — with the vast majority of funds going to first and second place.


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Some wish to preserve the bigger prizes for first place as representing their achievement while others want to see the structure become more sustainable for those who place highly consistently because those travel costs certainly aren't cheap.

This of course is by no way a confirmation that the pay outs will be changing this year or even next year for EVO, but the organizers do appear to be quite open to updating their old rules.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is by far the big ticket at this year's extravaganza having broken 3,000 entrants signed up to compete, setting a new record for the series tournaments while even doing better than Dragon Ball FighterZ did in 2018.

Another record was recently broken when the aforementioned Dragon Ball FighterZ crossed the 1,000 entrant mark to make seven different mainstage tournaments reach quadruple digits for the first time — EVO 2018 had six titles reach that mark.

Smash Ultimate, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, Under Night In-Birth and DBFZ are all sitting pretty though today will be the last day that Soul Calibur 6 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle can also reach that goal for a truly historic event.

EVO 2019 is set to take place August 2nd-4th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and remember that you'll need a separate pass to attend finals Sunday at Mandalay Bay unless you plan on making top 8.

It's going to be quite interesting seeing these final numbers this time around.

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