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Why EVO 2010 will be the biggest ever

Street Fighter IV’s success has brought immense growth to the fighting game scene and the EVO tournament, but for the founders who have presided over the tournament and its past participants, it’s the atmosphere and spirit of community that’s seemed to carry it over the years.

“The circle has gotten bigger, but there are some hardcore people that have done it for so many years,” Cuellar said. “We were friends and helped run the tournament, and the relationships have turned into careers.”

Cuellar, along with Seth Killian and brothers Tony Cannon and Tom Cannon have presided over the tournament from the very beginning, and even though sponsors have certainly aided in its growth over the years, it’s this quartet’s hard work and dedication that have really made the difference.Cuellar joked that Killian, now the community manager at Capcom, is probably the best Street Fighter player of the four of them simply because he’s around the game so much.

In fact, it was Killian that presided over EVO’s most famous moment, the legendary 2004 match between Japanese player Daigo Umehara, the current Street Fighter IV champion, and his American rival Justin Wong. The match features an incredible come from behind win by Umehara that generates a huge reaction from the crowd. The YouTube video in its various forms has generated over a million views, but it almost evaded capture.
 
“The battery on the camcorder was low during the match,” Cuellar said. “Thankfully it held out and we got that great moment on video.”

That certainly won’t be a problem this year since EVO’s popularity has attracted big sponsors like G4, who’re providing live streaming coverage of the event over three days. The network also announced they will feature EVO on a special episode of X-Play set to air later this month.
Even though this year’s EVO tournament will be held in the main ballroom of Caesars Palace instead of the outdoor coliseum that’s been home to those marquee prize fights, EVO 2010 is expected to shatter its previous attendance records and attract thousands of viewers via the web.

Cuellar said, “We’re not in the spot where they held all those boxing matches, but that might be for next year.”

July 9, 2010

EVO 2010 Tournament Schedule

Saturday:

SSFIV Semifinals
3 PM - 9 PM
SSFIV Women:
All Pools and Semi-Finals, Saturday, 9 AM - 1 PM
Tekken 6
Pool Play, 9 AM - 1 PM
Semi Finals
1 PM - 3 PM

SFIIHDR
Pool Play
 9 AM - 1 PM
Semi Finals
1 PM - 3 PM
Marvel vs Capcom 2
Pool play/Semi Finals
1 PM - 9 PM
Bang the Machine Movie:
Saturday, 10 PM - Midnight

Sunday

10am-12pm Melty Blood, Actress Again Tournament finals
12pm-2pm Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Tournament Finals
2pm-4pm Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Tournament Finals
4pm-4:30pm SSFIV Women’s Invitational Finals
4:30-6pm Super SFII HD Remix Tournament Finals
6pm-8pm Tekken 6 Tournament Finals
8pm-9pm Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Exhibition
9pm-11pm SSFIV Tournament Finals

Topics

Capcom

14 comments

  • davidthebowie - July 12, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    The stream cut out during the final rounds of the last match. Classic. Also, Adam Sessler was doing commentary during the last match, and while I don't expect him to be an expert at the intricacies of the game, he brought nothing to the table.
  • Felixthecat - July 11, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    Some of the players are amazing this year. This seriously is one of the best years so far, the competition is so high. And Gamerbee beating Wong was the icing on the cake for me, along with Scumbag raging after JuiceBox absolutely raped him.
  • DEFAULT - July 11, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    Did anyone else see Vangief take down Justin Wong last night? Insanity, and the crowd was all over him.
  • mEgAzD - July 11, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    ^^^OMG Haven't seen you in a while. Anyway great matches so far. GET HYPE!
  • davidthebowie - July 11, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    After watching a few matches, I broke down and bought super street fighter 4.I'ts been fun watching the crowd lose during some of the upsets on the live screen.
  • nickdekline - July 11, 2010 6:05 a.m.

    so great to watch
  • demonscourge21 - July 11, 2010 4:32 a.m.

    wish iwas good enough to play but im not,to many combos to remember
  • 5DollarFootlong - July 11, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    evo 2010 is definitely one of the best so far. so many upsets. so much hype.
  • JayBeat - July 11, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    "8pm-9pm Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Exhibition" Want want want want want want.
  • Cleanser247 - July 11, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    Sounds like a sweet event: D
  • JPorFavor - July 10, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    Melty Blood, awesome.
  • denyeverything - July 10, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    no blazblue is disappointing. though i guess the US release didn't make it in time.
  • ericeraqus - July 10, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    wish i had talent to join
  • Peloun - July 10, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    Wish i had money to go

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