On-Site: EVO 2019 – Day 1

We take a look at all the happenings at Day 1 of EVO 2019

Established in 2002, The Evolution Championship Series (colloquially known as EVO), has played host to the best Fighting Game players in the world. Since moving to Las Vegas, Nevada from California in 2005, EVO has grown to be the biggest Fighting Game Tournament in the world. If you want to see the best fighting game players in the world, you’ll find them at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Day 1 of the 3 Day competition is usually known as Pool Day! Not to be confused with the many swimming pools in the many hotels in Las Vegas, Pools for each respective game are played and there really isn’t much to report about although there are of course the occasional upsets, where top tier professionals get bounced to the losers brackets or completely out of the tournament completely.

This year, EVO’s lineup includes 9 Games: Street Fighter V: Arcade EditionTekken 7Super Smash Bros. UltimateMortal Kombat 11SoulCalibur VIUnder Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]Dragon Ball FighterZBlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Samurai Shodown.

Since most of the floor was just pool play, we opted to check out the other offerings around the Convention Center. Plenty of vendors were available. Among the many was Torrance, California’s ArcadeShock, purveyors of high quality and authentic arcade parts and accessories, FGC (Fighting Game Community) catered apparel as well as bags to hold your fightsticks.

Controller Chaos, who in our opinion, makes the BEST customized controllers, had a booth this year showing off their latest creations.

Gang Beasts had a huge boxing ring as their booth which had a full competition setup on the stage where patrons can play the game and win apparel

Hit Box, who makes all button fightsticks had their booth open for anyone willing to try fighting without a joystick.

Arcade1Up had a spectacular display, showing off their “ready for home” arcade setups. Unless you have a huge house, I wouldn’t suggest asking about the towering Marvel Super Heroes cab.

There were a lot of cosplayers walking the floors of the Convention Center and we caught a couple really impressive ones of an Alisa and Kazumi from Tekken 7.

We’ll be continuing our coverage tomorrow for Day 2, so stay tuned for that! Also, don’t forget to follow our Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute updates from EVO 2019 (@framelagdotcom)

Photos by Joe Vincent Castro (@joevincentcastro)