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Injustice Pro Series event winners haven't been getting their prize winnings, Intersport lays out plan to rectify and avoid such issues in the future

The Injustice 2 Pro Series has been roaring along with its 2018 run for a good while now, and while we've seen multiple hype tournaments since the official kick off at Combo Breaker in May, there's been issue with prize payouts not reaching players' hands in a very prompt manner.

NetherRealm Studios is working with Intersport, an eSports brand-building company, to put on the Pro Series this year, and it seems as though the responsibility for getting cash prizes to event victors falls on Intersport.

After multiple players expressed delays in seeing their tournament winnings, Travis Hezel of the aforementioned company took to Twitter to put forth a statement acknowledging the issue as well as laying out their plan to rectify it.

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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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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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Five Ryu players make the cut in Super Smash Bros. 4 and people really love Ruby in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle — EVO 2018 character usage stats

We're neck deep in the EVO 2018 action right now. With day 2 underway, we're beginning to see a handful of the event's main games wrap up their tournaments or get down to top 8 in preparation for tomorrow.

As we do with major events, today we're looking at the character usage among the top placing competitors. Included here are the characters used and how many times they were used in the top 64 of Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, as well as the top 48 for Injustice 2.

Super Smash Bros. Melee sees many of its greatest players in the top 64, and as you might expect the notoriously strong characters were heavily represented here. Fox saw play from 16 different players — meaning he makes up 1/4 of all top 64 — and Sheik came in not far behind with an impressive 14.

With its launch a little over two months ago, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is seeing its very first EVO this weekend. The competitors here were not shy to show their love for Ruby, with the RWBY character being a part of 20 different players' teams, and Gordeau seeing the second-most representation.

Injustice 2's character representation ended up far more varied as 29 of the game's 41 fighters saw play here. On top of that, the margin between the most used characters and the least used wasn't all that large, with Batman, Catwoman, and Starfire having five players and the runners up being Brainiac and Black Adam with four.

Unsurprisingly, we see plenty of Bayonetta in the top 64 of Super Smash Bros. 4, however, what's definitely interesting is the high number of Ryu players that have made it in.

You can check out the full breakdown below.

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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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EVO unique entrant numbers reveal there are more people playing only Super Smash Bros. Melee than only Dragon Ball FighterZ

We got the final attendance numbers for EVO 2018 a little over a week ago and observed that Dragon Ball FighterZ overtook even Street Fighter 5 in terms of entrants.

Earlier today the final brackets were released and so we could see just how many people entered more than one game. A Twitter user by the name of PG|PracticalTAS has crunched the numbers and his results are quite intriguing.

While Dragon Ball does have the most entrants it's actually third in terms of unique entrants, that is, people who are attending only to play DBFZ. It turns out Super Smash Bros. Melee and Street Fighter 5 are the number two and number one draws respectively as far as players making the trip out for just a single title.

A total of 49.8% of the competitors in the SF5 brackets are not competing in any other game on the lineup while about 29% of DBFZ's players will be at EVO strictly for DBFZ.

Melee boasts 66.5% unique entrants, 48.2% for Tekken 7, 56.4% for Smash Bros. Wii-U, 22.8% for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, 22.4% for Guilty Gear and 40.4% for Injustice 2.

You can click the image below to see the tweet that includes the unique entrant numbers as well as a bar graph visual to help put this information in clearer perspective.


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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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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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VSFighting 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

VSFighting 2018 is taking this place in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and it's a gigantic event for several games.

Yes, this is going to be a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, a Master event for the Tekken World Tour and a Saga event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ Pro Tour.

Besides these three main juggernauts, the tournament is also going to feature high level battles in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Injustice 2.

The event has over 270 entrants for Tekken 7, over 220 for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and over 120 for Dragon Ball FighterZ, so you'd best believe that they're all stacked through the roof.

As for players attending, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, CO|Go1, PG|Infiltration, FOX|JDCR, FD|Fujimura, FOX|Saint, CYG|Daigo, UYU|Jeondding, UYU|NL, Fursan|Verloren, Mouz|Problem X, CYG|Fuudo, Kkokkoma, CO|Dogura, Gachikun, RB|Luffy, CCG|Tissuemon, Ponos|Moke, FOX|Momochi, FOX|Justin Wong, FAV|Sako, Ponos|Garireo, UYU|Fergus, Liquid|John Takeuchi, RB|Bonchan, FOX|Dekillsage, NASR|BigBird, UYU|Cloud805, Circa|JoeyFury, Crazy|SuperAkouma, DG|KaneAndTrench, FNATIC|Akainu, FNATIC|Brick, Method|ImStillDaDaddy and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Electronic Dojo and 3WayTV.

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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

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.

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With just a sliver of life remaining, defeat was inevitable for Rewind in the Injustice 2 casual match against SonicFox's Captain Cold

Injustice 2 is an interesting fighting game. It's very possible to be put into situations where victory becomes unachievable due to how certain moves work.

Scarecrow's Character Power — Inner Fear — causes the opponent to take damage over time if they get too close to him even while they are hitting Scarecrow. Without life to spare, their only option is to zone against a character with a teleport functionality.

Similarly, Captain Cold has a special move called Frost Field. This envelops a specific circle of the stage with an icy field that will deal damage to the opponent over time if they stay in its area of effect.

If you find yourself in a situation with only a sliver of life against Captain Cold, it's also an inevitable defeat. He'll be able to keep putting up Frost Field and slowly inch you into the corner. There's no point in trying to zone him as he has a very good projectile.

During a casual match, Noble|Rewind found him in this situation against FOX|SonicFox. Ironically, Captain Cold really put Sub-Zero on ice.

Despite trying to prolong his existence with a meter burn roll, Rewind would eventually lose the match in a hilarious fashion. Check out the clip below.


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