Sony has revealed a set of open-format fighting tournaments ahead of Evo 2021.
The Evo Community Series was revealed on the PlayStation Blog today. Dubbed “a global celebration of the fighting game community,” the ECS takes place between June 10 and August 3 and will feature more than 120 tournaments around the world, with $74,000 in total prize money available to competitors. PlayStation made a meaningful move into the FGC esports scene when it acquired the Evolution Championship Series in March of 2021, and this is it’s first public move into expanding the event.
Three PlayStation-hosted tournaments will also take place during the ECS, starting with the PlayStation Tournaments FGC Arcade: Evo Edition which runs between June 10 and June 22. North American and European competitors with active PS Plus subscriptions will be able to duke it out for the chance of winning part of a $20,000 prize pool in Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Guilty Gear Strive, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and Tekken 7.
The PlayStation Tournaments Evo 2021 Online Warm-up will then take place between June 26 and July 13, offering a $19,000 prize pool to competitors from North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, playing Guilty Gear Strive, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and Tekken 7.
Finally, the PlayStation Tournaments Evo 2021 Online Side Tournaments will follow between July 8 and August 3, allowing players from North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Japan to fight for a $35,000 prize pool in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost ON, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Soulcalibur VI and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
Certain matches from the tournaments will be broadcast on Twitch and Youtube, across PlayStation and Evo’s social streaming channels.
If you think you’re up to the challenge, you can register on PlayStation’s Competition Centre website. Registration for August’s Evo 2021 Online competition also opens today.
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