Is EVO a worldwide qualifier for The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016?
More news has surfaced concerning The King of the Iron Fist Tournament that will take place near the end of this year. Today in Japan there was a Tekken 7: Fated Retribution press conference and exhibition, and during the event it was announced that EVO, the biggest fighting game tournament in the world, will be a qualifier for The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016.
We have no official details to confirm this, as nothing has been officially announced in North America, but according to Flying Wonkey it was announced that the top two placing persons at EVO will indeed qualify for The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016. We watched the very same broadcast, but aren’t fluent in Japanese, so we’re taking Wonkey’s word here.
Here’s his Tweet.
— Wonkey@6/2 Tekken 7 (@Flying_Wonkey) June 15, 2016
With this news a few questions come to mind. Is EVO a worldwide qualifier for The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016? How does this work with the current structure of Tekken Tour? Will EVO be the only way in which a non-North American can qualify for The King of the Iron Fist Tournament? If so, does that mean it will only be two are able to qualify?
Actually we like this news, because it makes things that much more competitive. Players will have to practice and hone their skills, because it won’t be a cakewalk. As well, this doesn’t mean a non-North American is a shoe-in, because they would still have to win at EVO. It is not guaranteed.
Hopefully the Tekken Tour team will shed more light on this, but this is still legit enough, as it was an official Bandai Namco event.
Watch the whole press conference and Tekken 7FR exhibition below.
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