EVO 2017 is set to go live this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual FGC tournament is the biggest fighting game e-sports event in the world, and ESPN wants to get in on the digs once again. They’ve announced that they will be broadcasting the finals, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
PVP Live picked up the news from over on the official ESPN 2 website, where EVO head honcho, Joey “The Wizard” Cuellar, released a joint statement with ESPN about the momentous occasion where hardcore gaming culture will be broadcast to the normies who still watch cable television. Cuellar stated…
“”Fighting games bring a tremendous level of hype and excitement, and Evo’s mission is to share that experience with fans worldwide,” “We’re pleased to team up with ESPN and Disney to bring these games to new audiences.”
The team-up with ESPN and Disney didn’t come without its inch of flesh.
Last year we reported on how ESPN had Capcom’s Street Fighter V censored for live television. R. Mika’s default costume was not allowed to be used during the finals. ESPN offered no comment on why her outfit was banned, but it was pretty obvious that she was showing too much skin and had too many curves for network television.
If ESPN censored R. Mika last year, don’t be surprised if she gets censored again this year.
I also wonder if EVO will have a no-costume list for the competitors like some of the Dead or Alive tournaments? In the case of Koei Tecmo’s title, the DLC outfits and the sexy-time clothes were prohibited on the tournament circuit. It’s not surprising that Dead or Alive‘s e-sports presence is practically nil these days.
PVP Live reported that ESPN garnered just over 200,000 views for the Street Fighter V finals last year.
Hopefully EVO doesn’t become too corporate like the ESL, because it’s difficult sitting through ESL events when they treat the FGC like a golfing tournament. If I want soft voices, quiet audiences and empty theaters I’ll go watch a limited theatrical run of the latest Nicholas Cage movie. The FGC needs to retain just enough thuggery to stay entertaining.
You can start watching this year’s EVO on Friday when the event kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada.