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On Tuesday, Evo announced the Evo 2021 Showcase; taking place November 27-28, this event is a continuation of the Evo online tournament series taking place later this month. The Evo 2021 Showcase will be an in-person event from the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas.

“Get ready for a new FGC tradition with the #Evo2021 Showcase,” Evo tweeted. “The top players from each participating region of the Evo 2021 Online main events reunite in Las Vegas at the UFC APEX arena and production complex on Nov. 27-28 for one more competition!”

Evo 2021 Showcase

The event will feature five games: Guilty Gear Strive, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Edition, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Tekken 7 and Skullgirls Second Encore. Each game will have a prize pool of $25,000 for a grand total of $125,000 available in prizing.

Each game will have two players from four regions: North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Forty players total will take part in the event. After winning their region’s tournament, the best players in the world will convene in Las Vegas to crown champions.

Evo 2021 is the first Evo event to take place stateside since 2019. The 2020 edition of the tournament became an online event in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was later canceled after allegations were made about Evo founder Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar during last year’s Speaking Out movement. The tournament series announced that it had been purchased by Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS, a venture created by Endeavor earlier this year.

Skullgirls has finally made it to Evo

Skullgirls’ prize pool of $25,000 makes it the largest in the game’s nine year history. The previous highest prize pool for Skullgirls was at Combo Breaker 2019, with $4,820 in prizing available. The Evo 2021 Showcase prize pool is over five times as much.

Skullgirls has had a tumultuous history with Evo. The game has never had a main event slot in the Evo lineup, despite years of fan outcry. It was originally going to be a part of Evo 2020, but wasn’t due to that event’s cancellation. Skullgirls wasn’t even going to be a main game at this year’s Evo until it was added to the lineup on July 7, over a month after registration opened.

Tony and Tom Cannon will be live at 6:30 PM ET on July 13 on UltraChenTV to provide more details about the Evo 2021 Showcase. Registration for Evo 2021 closes on July 15.

Josh Petrofsky is an aspiring journalist currently studying at San Diego State. Josh is a San Diego local of 10 years and is the current Fighting Game Coordinator and former President of Aztec Gaming, San Diego State's video game and esports club. During his downtime Josh like to relax by playing Apex Legends or watching old WCW shows from the 1990s.
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