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Is Tekken 7 getting snubbed at EVO 2016 World Finals?

Sometimes it seems like people don’t know what to do with Tekken 7. It’s a game that people love, but can’t fully commit to just yet. The reason is simple – it’s not out on consoles yet. Period. But while that’s true, Tekken 7 still has very impressive numbers for being a game that isn’t even “out” yet.

Tekken 7 wasn’t on the main stage at Combo Breaker 2016, and it also won’t be featured on Sunday, July 17 at EVO 2016 World Finals held at Mandalay Bay in Vegas. This is a big deal because Mandalay Bay is where many big events have been held. This is all understandable and no-one should be up in arms about it. When it comes to tournaments (and business), it’s always about the numbers. The numbers just aren’t there quite yet. And the hype isn’t fully there yet either. It’s getting there, and it will get there.

If Tekken 7 were to be featured at Mandalay Bay this year, it could potentially do more harm than good – for Tekken and EVO. Why? Because millions of eyes are upon us right now. They want to see that we are a legitimate scene and worthy of investment. But not only that, for the continued growth and success of our own scene, we need to be strategic and smart about it. We can’t allow emotion to overrule reason in these cases. There must be balance.

Once Tekken 7 officially comes out on PS4  (and we believe other platforms), the numbers and hype will be through the roof. The signs are there. Even now, CEO is capped at 256 participants, according to Alex Jebailey’s tweet just a few moments ago.

Even Combo Breaker had 252 participants, and for a game not even out yet.

What does all of this mean? It means that it’s a great time to be a Tekken fan. Sure, it’s not ideally how many would want it right now, but it is what it is. Big things are coming.

So, is Tekken 7 getting snubbed at EVO? Absolutely not.

Aziz Peregrino-Brimah aka Zee the CEO | Founder / Editor-in-chief of TekkenGamer | Gaming has been a passion of Zee's since the early days of Atari and ColecoVision. His first experience with Tekken was in the early 90's, and it was Tekken 3 that sealed the deal. True story... As a teenager Zee once received his Winn-Dixie paycheck and spent it all at the arcade the same day. Needless to say, his mother wasn't pleased.


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