Twitch is making sure that you can 'cheer' for your favorites this weekend at EVO, let Mike Ross and Bobby Scar tell you how

This year's EVO is already off to a massive start, and things can only get better as the weekend goes on. The hype is definitely far from over, and starting today, Twitch is bringing something special to the viewing experience.

Not too long ago, Twitch launched the beta for a new feature called Cheering, which essentially gives viewers a new alternative way to support their favorite casters outside of subscribing, or donating.

The Cheering feature will be making its way to the EVO feed this weekend, offering viewers the opportunity to directly support their favorite players and commentators.

You can participate in the cheering this weekend by purchasing Bits. Bits are a special currency currently used to purchase animated emotes, and a matching badge that will appear next to your name in chat.

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What time does Street Fighter 5 start? Who's favored to win Melee? EventHubs has you covered with this spectator's guide to EVO 2016's main games

EVO 2016 is finally upon us. The largest fighting game event of the year kicks this Friday, and with five live streams, 9 main games, and thousands of players in attendance, one might be wondering how and where to find all of the action for their favorite titles.

Much like last year, we have put together a beginner's guide to EVO of sorts in hopes that we can make your viewing experience this weekend that much easier.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are being streamed, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

There's a lot to get to, so be sure to check out our spectator's guide after the jump.

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Ed Boon wants to know which Mortal Kombat XL characters to buff; cast your vote before time runs out

NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon has taken to Twitter to ask Mortal Kombat XL fans which characters could use a buff or two should the game receive a new update.

He's created two polls featuring a total of eight characters, (four from the original roster and four from DLC expansions) for players to vote on who needs a helping hand the most. We've linked them both up here so you can cast your votes with ease. You'll find the second poll after the jump.

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Ed Boon says fans should read The Killing Joke and Flashpoint for information on future Injustice 2 characters; no plans for MK vs. DC 2

NetherRealm Studios is gearing up for a big Injustice 2 announcement at San Diego Comic-Con later this month. With two new characters set to be revealed, Creative Director Ed Boon may have just pointed us in the direction of where we might find them in EPNdotTV's recent interview.

During their chat, Ed Boon was asked which comic book series fans should read for information on future Injustice 2 characters. Boon was quick to recommend comic book classic The Killing Joke and 2011's Flashpoint.

Residing within the pages of these titles are characters such as The Joker, Batgirl, Reverse-Flash, Booster Gold, and many more. We've seen the likes of The Joker and Batgirl in Injustice: Gods Among Us, and they're both widely popular characters meaning their return is likely.

As for the characters in Flashpoint, it would be refreshing to see any of the main heroes take to the Injustice 2 battlefield.

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'I believe Unbreakable Sub-Zero is the worst character in the game, he has no winning match ups' - REO shares his full MKXL variation tier list

YOMI|REO is no stranger to the world of Mortal Kombat. Known for being one of the top players in the competitive MK scene with several wins under his belt, the long-time competitor recently put together a tier list for Mortal Kombat XL.

Instead of breaking the ranks down by character, REO went ahead and listed the placing for every variation currently in the game. Arranged from S to C- rank, we learn which characters he feels are the best and which one is the worst.

Though we usually shine the spotlight on the better characters in any given tier list, this time we felt that REO's pick for the worst was a bit more interesting. REO points out there there is only one character he feels falls below the rest of the cast in the current version of the game.

"I believe Unbreakable Sub-Zero is the worst character in the game, and he has no winning match ups," REO says. "I think his best match ups are 5-5, and even then he has not that much to work with and there are better choices for characters out there."

REO will be updating this list every three to six months, so be sure to keep an eye out for more.

You can find his full variation tier list video after the jump.

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'I believe that MKX and Injustice could certainly co-exist competitively' - Mustard talks fighting game beginnings, Injustice hopes, MKX meta and more

Contrary to most of the other interviews being posted right now, this is actually an interview that was decided on way back at Hypespotting in April, but due to mismanagement on my part, it's been delayed until now.

Yesterday, I was talking to PND|Ketchup, but today, it's his brother, also a famed commentator and competitor, PND|Mustard's turn. In this interview, he discusses ---.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you and your brother played fighting games, and has it always been NetherRealm fighting games that have been your main focus?

PND|Mustard: NetherRealm fighting games have always been the primary focus, but we've been playing fighting games for our entire lives!

Mortal Kombat 9 was the start of our competitive careers back in 2011, since then we've played Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, even Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter X Tekken a bit, and obviously now Mortal Kombat X and Street Fighter 5.

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'I have complete faith that NRS will make the gear [in Injustice 2] balanced for tournaments' - Ketchup talks Injustice 2, MKX's success and more

Contrary to most of the other interviews being posted right now, this is actually an interview that was decided on way back at Hypespotting in April, but due to mismanagement on my part, it's been delayed until now.

This time, I talk to famed Mortal Kombat commentator and competitor PND|Ketchup. In this interview, he discusses the juggling of commentary and competitive play, what Injustice 2 might bring, how Mortal Kombat's variation system turned out in the end and much more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: You and your brother are famous as commentators, but you're both also fierce competitors in the game. You made it to the first Fatal 8 for Mortal Kombat X, as well as top 8 of EVO last year. How do you juggle consistently participating in both commentary and tournament play?

PND|Ketchup: Back when we commentated Season 1 and 2, we were living out in Poland. Our only source of entertainment was basically grinding MKX like everyone else so we could understand what we were talking about when casting high level play. Having a background in competitive playing helped us learn the game faster than others, which went hand in hand when we actually could compete.

That's definitely slowed down these days as we've had to take a complete step back out of competing in favor of working in eSports full time. It's a trade we've happily taken for career purposes, but of course we miss the competition side and will do forever.

Hit the jump to check out the full interview.

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EVO beta brackets posted, Street Fighter 5 pools will run for 12 hours both Friday and Saturday

EVO tournament organizers have produced the beta brackets for the what looks to be 2016's biggest and baddest fighting game competition.

These aren't quite set in stone yet, as players are asked to review their individual brackets to see if they've been matched up against a player from their own region. After taking a look over your pool, there's a feedback option to allow you to voice any concerns.

We went ahead and grabbed the Street Fighter 5 brackets for RB|Daigo, RZR|Infiltration and Tokido:

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Street Fighter 5 nets record breaking 5,065 entrants at EVO 2016; here are the final registration numbers for each game

The largest fighting game event of the year, EVO 2016, is right around the corner. Players all over the world are preparing to do battle for top honors in the nine games on the tournament's main line up, not to mention side events.

With registration officially closing last night, the final entrant numbers have been released by EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar.

This year's event has seen some of the highest numbers in the history of the fighting game community, with numerous records being broken. Looking at the final entrants for each game, we see that Street Fighter 5 has netted the most registrants, coming in at a whopping 5,065 competing players.

Other games such as Super Smash Bros. 4, Melee, and Pokken Tournament have all hit over 1,000 entrants, making this EVO one of, if not, the most stacked tournaments in the series we've ever seen.

You can check out the full breakdown below.

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CEO 2016 results ft. Infiltration, ZeRo, Momochi, Tokido, SonicFox

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend might only have one major event going on, but it's a big one. A very, very big one. CEO 2016 is taking place, as always, in sunny Orlando, Florida, and there's a huge amount of players set to attend.

Games featured at this event will be Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Killer Instinct and Ultra Street Fighter 4 as well as exhibitions in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and King of Fighters 14.

Players attending include RZR|Infiltration, TSM|ZeRo, EG|Momochi, Tokido, cR|SonicFox, Liquid|Hungrybox, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|Nairo, Mago, MJS|Haitani, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Mew2King, Mr. R, BST|Daigo, CBZ|Nuki, Qanba|Xiao Hai, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, PG|Plup, Tempo|Westballz, dT|DaBuz, cR|HoneyBee, Tempo|Axe, EG|K-Brad, PG|Esam, KaneBlueRiver, PG|MarlinPie, Chris Tatarian, cR|Dragon, Ally, Selfless|Lucky, CLG|SFAT, Liquid|NuckleDu, RSZ|Abadango, Marn, PG|RayRay, HM|Dogura, F3|Sleep, SPY|MacD, EG|PR Balrog, HM|Eita, Secret|Poongko, RN|Alex Myers, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Melty|Will2Pac, Brenttiscool, cR|WoundCowboy, COG|Wizzrobe, IFC Yipes, TS|Arturo Sanchez, RB|Snake Eyez, NVT|Flash Metroid, UA|Jan, PIE|Smug, MTL|Hayatei, PAG|PinkDiamond, pH|Nando Tovar, Circa|LPN, Hsien Chang, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YP|FilipinoMan, UA|Bass, Flux, Wolfkrone, WFX|801 Strider, F3|Alucard, GS|Gllty, LI Joe, Perilous|Packz, BJ Unchained, NOS|Tampa Bison, GnarlyFeats, TS|NerdJosh, DL|FourWude and many, many more.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, CEO Gaming, VGBootCamp, MVG League, Pokkén Tournament, FunkyP, Villain904, Polarity GG and Tekken.

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$50,000 bonus grows Mortal Kombat X EVO pot, more MKX news possibly on the way

Though we're sure NetherRealm Studios is more than a little busy developing Injustice 2, they haven't shelved development for Mortal Kombat X just yet.

Plenty of community members have been speculating as to whether the announcement of the company's newest endeavor would mean we've seen the last of MKX kontent, but Creative Director, Ed Boon, posted the following to his Twitter:

For those who didn't notice the first time though, Boon spells out "EVO" with the seemingly randomly capitalized letters. The Las Vegas mega tourney is now less than a month away, and you can bet we'll have our eyes glued to the Mortal Kombat X finals stream in anticipation for this announcement.

Later the same day, Boon announced that WB Games and NRS would be adding a $50,000 pot bonus for MKX at EVO. We're not sure if this is the "cool news" he was referring to, or if we should be on the look out for more come EVO.

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Super Smash Bros. 4 beats Street Fighter 5 for top spot by nearly 100 entrants; CEO 2016's final registration numbers

CEO 2016, the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, is taking place this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Some of the best players on the tournament scene today will undoubtedly be competing at this premier event, especially with another coveted Capcom Cup spot on the line.

The tournament's organizer, Alex Jebailey, recently took to Twitter to share the final registration numbers per game, and the turnout looks great.

What's most interesting about these numbers, though, is the fact that Street Fighter 5 -- one of, if not, the most popular game in the fighting game community -- didn't receive the most entrants this time around. Instead, Super Smash Bros. 4 takes top honors, beating Capcom's latest fighter by 82 registrants.

Jebailey notes that 60% of this year's entrants are first-timers to CEO.

To see how many players each game pulled in, be sure to hit the jump.

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Apex 2016 results feat. Mew2King, K-Brad, Dabuz, Nietono, Yipes

Updated with final results: Final results for Apex 2016 have been added into this story.

Day 1 of Apex 2016 has officially kicked off and is streaming live from Somerset, New Jersey.

This weekend will be host to some killer Super Smash Bros. action featuring all four games in the franchise, as well as a handful of other games. We'll be seeing Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, and Pokken Tournament at the event as well.

Players such as MVG|Mew2King, Dabuz, DNG|Nietono, CLG|VoiD, 6WX, C3P0, IFC Yipes, and many others are expected to be in attendance. You can find brackets for Super Smash Bros. over on to keep up with the action.

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Ed Boon's enigmatic tweet suggests potential for Kombat Pack 3 for Mortal Kombat XL

With the announcement that NetherRealm Studios is busy at work with Injustice 2, to be released in 2017, much of the Mortal Kombat community is now wondering if the company is looking to update Mortal Kombat XL just one more time.

With as big as the last update was, which effectively changed the name of the game from MKX to MKXL, we wouldn't be surprised if NRS deemed it the final send off for the tenth Mortal Kombat, but a tweet today from team lead Ed Boon gives us hope for one more:

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DreamHack Summer 2016 results feat. Momochi, Tokido, Fuudo, Mago, Phenom

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, DreamHack Summer 2016 is taking place in Jönköping, Sweden and it's a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour.

It's not all about Street Fighter 5, though. You'll also get to see high-level action in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X and Pokkén Tournament.

Players expected to attend include EG|Momochi, Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, Mago, BX3|Phenom, TSM|Leffen, MJS|Haitani, RB|Luffy, Twitch|Daigo, RZR|Xian, MOV, mYi|Ice, RSD|CharmingRogue, F2K|Popi, DMG|Itabashi Zangief, FA|Ryan Hart, BX3|Duppsko, BX3|Veggey, Reiketsu, Brick, ON|BubblanAB7, Chino, SaltyKid, ECV|Emersion, Atrosh, Dysfori, Bashfest and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Capcom Fighters, NetherRealm, DreamHack Smash and Pokkén Tournament EU.

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