EVO Japan dates and location officially announced for 2018, including [sài] lead-up event in 2017
The largest fighting game tournament in the world is spreading its reach to Japan early 2018.
Just moments ago the official dates for Evo Japan were announced, which are January 26-28, 2018. The location is Akihabara UDX, which is minutes away from Akihabara Station in Tokyo, Japan. The main titles for Evo Japan will be announced in July during Evo 2017 in Las Vegas. We have a strong feeling that Tekken 7 will certainly be included, especially since it will be included in a pre-event leading up to Evo Japan. News that Evo Japan would be taking place January 2018 was first announced in September of last year.
There will also be a new tournament called [sài] that serves somewhat as a precursor to Evo Japan on May 20-21, 2017. This tournament is in collaboration with TOPANGA and GODSGARDEN, in order to “unite gaming communities and celebrate the fighting spirit in Japan.” This event will be organized using the Evolution Championship Series formula, using the double-elimination format. This event will be an open tournament, allowing anyone to register and compete. There will be no preferential treatment or seeding based on skill level for the tournament bracket placement.
[sài] will take place May 20-21, 2017, also at Akihabara UDX, and is free to enter. There will be three main games, being Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, and one other game that is yet to be determined. More information will be announced soon on the Evo Japan website.
Message from Noriyuki Kaneko, the chairman of Evo Japan Secretariat:
Fighting games have been around for over 30 years, stemming from a single genre within the arcade gaming industry it has evolved and transcended the world of gaming. In recent years the fighting game communities based out of North America have expanded the genre and player base, most notably through Evo and has had great success in hosting the world’s largest open gaming tournament – for all games. I am honored to be part of an Evo event in Japan, the birthplace of the fighting game, not only as part of the staff but also as a fighting game fan & player.
Although it is known that Evo is the world’s biggest open gaming tournament, it’s more than just that. In my experience, Evo is also the best event for the separate fighting game communities. Evo Japan will work to unite these many communities and fighting gamers from all over the world as well. We welcome everyone that has their own specific goals, ideas and purposes and hope to enjoy fighting games together.
We look forward to seeing you at Evo Japan 2018, let’s have a great time together!