Sony acquires fighting game tournament Evo, Evo Online 2021 set for August

Sony has partnered with RTS to acquire the Evolution Championship Series, the company revealed yesterday.

Tom and Tony Cannon, co-founders of Evo, will still be involved, with director of global business development Mark Julio confirming that future events are “still open to all platforms”.

As part of the acquisition announcement, Sony also unveiled Evo Online 2021 for August 6 – 8. Featuring Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11, and Guilty Gear Strive, entry is free and all online qualifiers will be livestreamed.

This isn’t the first time that the tournament has planned to move online — last year’s event was eventually cancelled due to allegations against the previous CEO.

Switching to online makes sense considering the uncertainty surrounding in-person events, though it does come with its own issues.

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