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Dragon Ball FighterZ may have had the highest viewer peak of EVO, but Street Fighter had a higher average: full EVO viewership statistics released

EVO 2018 has come and gone, but it left us with a near endless amount of hype moments and announcements from the weekend that people are still talking about over a week later.

We previously learned that Dragon Ball FighterZ actually broke EVO stream records by reaching a peak of over 255,000 people and even became the largest stream on Twitch beating Fortnite for a brief while. Now it looks like we get a better look at the full picture of the weekend.

Esports Charts recently released their reported full statistics from EVO weekend for the eight mainstage titles including Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros, Tekken 7 and more.

The data not only covers the peak viewership but also average viewers, prize pools, and combined hours watched for all eight games over the three day period giving us a better look at how the games grew and performed.

While Dragon Ball FighterZ indeed did have the highest peak for viewership, Street Fighter 5 actually led the charge in highest average stream viewer numbers over DBFZ and the rest plus total hours watched with a crazy 2.1 million hours of EVO Street Fighter action consumed over three days.

Esports Charts tracks Twitch channel and other streaming service data and logs eSports events around the globe to compare and share data sets for the biggest games and streamers online. You can check out the full breakdown of the reported numbers after the jump.

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Furia Tica 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Furia Tica 2018 is taking place in San José, Costa Rica.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event with points on the line, so players will be showing up to try and get a step closer to qualifying for Capcom Cup 2018.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, which is the main event, there will also be tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. 4.

Players attending include SB|DoomSnake, ON|Gabo, TSD|Seguero, AK|Alexis, Vertex|Aeon and many, many more.

Over 60 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, so there's bound to be a lot of matches to enjoy.

Streaming is being done at True Challengers.

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Moscow Fighting Arena x RusReversal results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big event going on this weekend ... In fact, two big events combined into one, even.

In Moscow, Russia you'll be able to enjoy the coming together of Moscow Fighting Arena and RusReversal as one big event, featuring many different fighting games.

This is a Tekken World Tour event, so there's going to be a lot of heavy competition for that game, with almost 100 people signed up for it.

The other games aren't slouches either, with around 50 each for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, and with almost 30 entrants for Injustice 2. There will also be side tournaments held in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat XL, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code.

There are a lot of players attending, including Loveneet, GreenLeo, CaptainCM, Forest and of course many, many more.

The main games will be streamed at FightingRu.

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EVO 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's finally that time of the year again, not only the biggest event of the summer, but the biggest event all year long as far as fighting games go.

EVO 2018 is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it's even bigger than last year, believe it or not.

This monster of an event will have 8 main games, all receiving ample stream time and having the best in the world gathered for them, with said titles being Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Injustice 2.

There's no point in even listing all the players set to be at the event, since with very few exceptions, you can assume that every notable player is going to be present competing in their game of choice.

Of course, this is no surprise — With Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition both above 2000 entrants, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle all over 1000 entrants, and a very respectable 623 and 361 entrants for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Injustice 2 respectively, you can clearly tell that the top competitors have gathered.

Streaming is being done all weekend at EVO, Capcom Fighters, EVO 1, EVO 2, EVO 3, EVO 4, EVO 5, EVO 6 and EVO 7.

Of course, there's an abundance of side events as well, many of which will be streamed, too. We're going to do our best to have these in the schedule and results sectionof our story as well, so stay tuned.

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30 Cells and a good amount of Johnny: top 64 stats for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken and Guilty Gear Xrd at EVO 2018

Today is the final day of EVO 2018 and there are five games set to take take the mainstage today to show who are the best fighting game players in the world.

We previously did character usage stats for Street Fighter 5 as well as both Super Smash Bros. titles, BlazBlue and Injustice 2 to see who which fighters were the most popular among the top players.

Now, we're going to take a look at the remaining three titles from EVO Sunday finals: Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ with some interesting results for character usage in the top 64 for each title.

There are 30 players in the top 64 of Dragon Ball FighterZ who feature Perfect Cell on their team for some pretty obvious reasons due to his universal appeal. Kid Buu actually sits in second above Vegeta and the rest though seven characters didn't make an appearance in the later part of the bracket including Broly and Vegito.

JACK-7 was the most popular character in Tekken 7 this year likely thanks to his heavy hitting punches though King also had strong representation at EVO sitting just behind the latest version of JACK. Nine characters remained unused in top 64 including Heihachi and Noctis.

Guilty Gear featured a nice spread of characters at EVO this year with only two of their fighters remaining unused, and even the most popular characters do not have more than five players who used them — though Johnny still sat at the top. You can check out the full breakdown for all three games after the jump.

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ArcRevo World Tour 2018-2019 announced for BlazBlue Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2, and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

The ArcRevo World Tour 2018-2019 has been announced by Arc System Works. Players will be able to compete all over the world in Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2, BlazBlue Central Finction, and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

It was mentioned that tournaments will take place in the North American, Latin American, European, and Asian regions around the world. The finals will take place in North America.

In total, there will over $100,000 in cash prizes. This will be taking place starting in Fall 2018 and end in Fall 2019.

Obviously Dragon Ball FighterZ was not included in this list. Dragon Ball FighterZ already has an ongoing world tour of its own.

Interestingly enough, the Arc System Works CEO — Minoru Kidooka — on stage mentioned the absence of Daisuke Ishiwatari. "Unfortunately Daisuke [Ishiwatari] could not join us this year at EVO, but he is working really, really hard on some thing Guilty Gear," he said through a translator.

It seems as though something is in the works that is related to Guilty Gear. What could it be? We'll have to wait in order to find out.

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Arc Systems Works to make world premiere announcement today during Bar Fights at 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Cross Counter TV recently revealed that Arc System Works will be making a "world premiere announcement" today. This will take place at the House of Blues' Bar Fights event.

The event will be streamed on the Bar Fights website so those at home will be able to watch. You'll want to tune in at 8:00 PM when things are beginning. It is predicted that everything should wrap up by around 2:00 AM.

Arc System Works' most recent games are Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Notably, they are also acting as the publisher for the upcoming arena fighter, "Kill La Kill."

Base Form Goku and Base Form Vegeta were only recently announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ. It is certainly possible that they could be announcing the next two fighters after those two — who are rumored to be Android 17 and Cooler.

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2 was released on March 30, 2017 for Japan. Perhaps a new update has been in the works for this game? Unfortunately for fans of the series, Guilty Gear characters do not appear in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

2018 marks the company's 30th year anniversary and the 20th year anniversary for Guilty Gear. This could be the announcement of something truly special. Be sure to let us know your predictions in the comments section.


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Steam is running a free weekend trial for Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5 and more to celebrate EVO along with new discounts

We're now only one day away from the start of the biggest fighting game event of the year, EVO 2018, and places like Steam are giving players more ways to celebrate than to just watch from home.

Steam is currently running a special promotion beginning today, August 2nd, which includes free full game trials for some of the biggest titles on the EVO stage this year for Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

These three games are free to download in their entirety right now on Steam and can be played online though they won't come with any of their DLC for this trial period.

A selection of sales are also available during the time frame for the titles listed above along with the other non-Nintendo EVO mainstage titles Dragon Ball FighterZ, Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd plus their DLC which you can take a look at in the breakdown below.

The free trials and sale prices for all of the titles are set to end the Monday after EVO finals on August 6th at 10:00 a.m. PDT, so be sure to act fast to scoop up those temporarily free trials on your gaming PC.

A full list of sales and store link can be found after the jump for this collection of mainstage EVO titles including the return of the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour DLC.

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Six games with over 1,000 entrants each, gods clashing in eight titles and seven simultaneous streams to contain all the action — EVO 2018 preview

EVO 2018 will be taking place in Las Vegas between Friday the 3rd of August and Sunday the 5th of August, meaning it's happening this weekend.

There's going to be so much action in a variety of fighting games taking place at the event, so it felt only fitting to have a big preview to get you ready for everything that's going down at the end of the week.

While this preview will be focusing on the main stage games only, there's going to be an incredible amount of side tournaments, which will of course be getting results in our coverage story as well, so even if your game of choice isn't part of the main lineup, make sure to track down the sidestreams and enjoy the action.

Even though EVO 2018 is going down a title from the last few years by having 8 main stage games instead of 9 (presumably due to the huge amount of hype for Dragon Ball FighterZ even before its release), entrants for each game put together are still up overall, though these statistics haven't taken unique entry into account.

The eight main games you'll be seeing at this year's event are Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Injustice 2, so if any of these games get you going, you better be ready with drinks and snacks and no other plans for this year's event.

Without further ado, let's take a look at what EVO will be offering us on the main stage this year.

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Full EVO 2018 game schedule, streaming guide and commentator line-up announced

We're on the cusp of the biggest fighting game event of the year finally kicking off with EVO 2018, and now we have a better idea of what to expect for the games and activities happening this weekend and when to expect them.

The big event's organizers recently revealed the brackets for the various tournaments taking place starting this Friday, and now they've released the full schedule and line-up of games and talent so you know just how early you can arrive and prepare for the massive weekend.

Doors will open on Thursday, August 2nd at 12:00 p.m. PDT for those who want to make sure they can pick up their badges early before things get too crazy on Friday where the doors will open starting at 6:30 a.m. — though the main event won't start until 8:00 a.m. pools.

We previously knew the order of the Sunday finals games, but now we know what time to tune in to see the best players in the world duke it out in their respective titles with Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 kicking things off at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition closing out EVO 2018 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The final schedule also details when we should expect the Saturday finals games to begin with three of the eight mainstage titles having their final showdown a day before the rest starting with Injustice 2 at 12:00 p.m. and ending with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at 8:00 p.m.

As for talent manning the commentator stations this weekend, the final schedule shows almost 60 of the FGC's best stepping up to the plate including Tasty Steve, James Chen, Seth Killian, Markman and IFC|Yipes among many others. You can take a look at the full mainstage schedule for playing and streaming in the gallery below plus the full commentator line-up, and be sure to check out the venue schedule after the jump.

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Kumite in Texas / Low Tier City 6 results

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the results from Kumite in Texas / Low Tier City 6.

This weekend, we're seeing two events kind of come together as one, as Kumite in Texas and Low Tier City 6 will be running their events together in the same area.

They still have their own titles and streams, but the venue seems to be shared and will be housing a ton of different fighting game players in various games.

Notable players attending for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, by far the biggest games at the event, include Liquid|Hungrybox, Alliance|Armada, C9|Mango, TSM|Leffen, Tweek, GRV|Dabuz, DIG|Lucky, ALG|n0ne, BSD|Elegant, DIG|HugS, EMG|Mistake, Balance|Syrox, Cosmos, CaptainZack, PG|Esam, Alliance|Android, Samsora, PG|MVD and many more.

That doesn't mean that those are the only games at the event, though. There will also be tournament play in Project M, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. 64, Icons: Combat Arena, Rivals of Aether, Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

With Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4 being at over 300 and over 200 entrants respectively, though, that's where the brunt of the action will be happening.

Streaming is being done at Tourney Locator, Tourney Locator 2, YouTube Tourney Locator, PandaxGaming and PandaxGaming 2.

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Headstomper 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Headstomper 2018 is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A long-standing event with tons of hype and a motivated crew behind it (I should know, I've been there in person the last two years) has grown ever bigger this year with both Tekken World Tour and Capcom Pro Tour status.

With 128 players entered for Tekken 7, the competition is going to be huge. Of course, Street Fighter 5 is fairly stacked as well, with over 60 players.

Besides these two main games, there will also be tournament play in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. 4 — and as always at Headstomper, side tournaments galore.

Players attending this event include Mouz|Problem X, NVD|Phenom, RB|Luffy, CGG|Tissuemon, FNATIC|Shakz, UYU|Fergus, NVD|SaltyKid, Crazy|SuperAkouma, FNATIC|Akainu, Ryan Hart, SNG|Blackbeard, iG|Jiewa, Circa|JoeyFury, Exeed|Ghirlanda, Epsilon|Takamura, FNATIC|Brick, mYi|KiraKira, Atrosh, NVD|Veggey, NVD|Momi, Will2Pac, Ixion, DrGulag and many more... Including myself, doing commentary at the event, so if you're a fan, make sure to tune in.

Streaming is being done at Unequalled Media and Coma FGC.

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Damn... these 'reasons' why people don't play certain fighting games are brutal and really funny

Name any fighting game, any one that ever existed, and you've undoubtedly heard someone give their "reasons" for not playing it or why it's no good.

Whether it be too noob friendly or wasn't released on the right console, people love to complain about things in the fighting game community. All of us do it, whether we're willing to admit it or not. (Menat's standing heavy punch is cheap and totally unfair!)

Reddit user XXXCheckmate recently put together a graphic that lists some of the most common complaints about many of today's most popular fighting games. They're brutal, funny as hell, and a very accurate depiction of the stuff you'll come across online and in real life.

Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, none of these games are safe from the ax, and they're all included here.

"Top 8 is all the same," "F U N C T I O N S," "half the roster is Goku," are among some of the classic complaints we see regularly. I also have to give it up for "no Testament, no invest-ament," because that's pretty darn good.

At the end of the day, it's all in good fun. Everyone is still going to play the games they love, despite the criticism. Unless it's that one Sailor Moon fighting game, then everyone is going to play it because it's perfect...

The weekend is almost here, so relax a little and read over these funny complaints to share a laugh with us.

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Arc System Works celebrates their 30th anniversary fittingly with their very own music video; it's cheesy, heartwarming and sure to leave you smiling

Arc System Works has become a household name for fighting games with their titles like Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and more recently Dragon Ball FighterZ, but they actually opened 30 years ago in 1988. Now they're celebrating their special anniversary in a manner most fitting to the company known for their rocking tunes.

The company has actually produced their own theme songs and music videos to commemorate their 30 years in business, and it's sure to leave a nice smile on your face.

The video starts with a brief speech from ArcSys' founder and president Minoru Kidooka, who has been with the company since it first launched, explaining the developer's origins before getting cut off by some static and the start of the music video.

Anyone who has played Guilty Gear or any of their fighting games will feel right at home with the video's rocking riff with Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari on guitar which cuts to a wide shot of the company's employees standing in a stadium all posing together with special choreography.

Included in the video are shots of employees — along with Kidooka himself — dancing in the field, working in their "natural habitat", someone getting sucked into BlazBlue literally while they're just trying to eat lunch and many other silly and heartwarming — if not corny — scenes.

ArcSys produced both English and Japanese versions of their music video which you can see for yourself after the jump along with their special message to their fans. Here's to 30 years of Arc System Works and to 20 years of Guilty Gear.

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Street Fighter 5 still gets the final top 8 slot despite Dragon Ball FighterZ having more entrants: EVO 2018 Sunday lineup revealed

We're now less than two weeks away from the largest fighting game tournament event taking place with EVO 2018, and we now know the order in which the top games will be played on Sunday for finals.

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar recently announced the full Sunday lineup for the massive event with five of the main eight titles being played at EVO 2018 plus their actual final numbers after opening up registration for an extra day.

There are no times specified for when the games will begin, but Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev2 will be the first game on the mainstage on Sunday followed by Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ and ending with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Street Fighter titles have traditionally gotten top billing/ the final Sunday spot at EVO and also brought in the highest number of competitors which is not the case this year since Dragon Ball FighterZ ended with 91 more entrants than the latest entry in the Street Fighter franchise.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's placements compared to their entrants sparked some confusion as to where games are slotted to which Mr. Wizard responded to on Twitter.

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Defend the North 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend has Defend the North 2018 taking place in White Plains, New York.

It's going to be a pretty big event, with a ton of different fighting games being played, including having the status as a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Besides this, the tournament will also be hosting Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. 4, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Pokkén Tournament DX, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Fighting EX Layer, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players attending the event include NuckleDu, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Smug, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|Punk, PG|SKD, CYG|Chris Tatarian, PG|Nakkiel, Rise|Caba, Tempo|Alex Myers, WBG|CJ Truth, OG|Shine, GAM|DR Ray, Idom and many, many more.

The event has over 150 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 100 for Dragon Ball FighterZ and over 50 each for Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, so there's bound to be a lot of hype matches incoming.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, Hitbox Arena, House of 3000, KPB Live, Official SM, TSB Blaze and Mutant Xperience.

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Fight in Rio 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's a stacked weekend for sure, because we've got even more action going on than the events already posted.

Fight in Rio is taking place this weekend in Rio, Brasil, and it's a Capcom Pro Tour event.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the tournament will also be hosting Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Injustice 2, The King of Fighters '98, Mortal Kombat XL and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Players attending include F3|Brolynho, TF|DidimoKOF, Furia|HKDash, SB|DoomSnake, Umbrella|Dark, AAG|Pr3da, Paulow3b, TPT|Stunner, AAG|BabyBrasil, KMT|ChuChu and many more.

With almost 90 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the fight for points is on. Tune in to not miss any of the hype matches.

Streaming is being done at Fight In Rio, Pro Gamer Streaming and Kombat Klub.

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