Evo’s general manager is making an event that he would want to go to

Sharanya Sinha
Sharanya Sinha July 16, 2022
Updated 2022/08/05 at 9:46 AM

Evo, short for the prestigious Evolution Championship fighting game series, will return in person for the first time since 2019. Evo is one of many cases where things have to be done differently due to COVID-19. Although the next Evo will once again be in the convention center, CEO Rick Thier tells The Verge that things are different now. “The market is not what it was when we had the break due to Covid,” said Tihar. “With Covid not completely gone this time, the gap has created new challenges, new needs and expectations for staff and even local race organizers as we work to build Evo.

“According to Tihar, this year’s event has many challenges. Due to the pandemic, participants don’t regularly attend events, so maybe they didn’t plan. The cost of holding the event has increased. Many of those who help put on the show have moved on to other careers, started families, or stepped away from helping Evo each year.For players, it is a guarantee that the Evo experience lives up to the nostalgia and expectations. What we want to do in 2018 and 2019 is make sure we deliver everything that’s important and loved about the Evo experience, and do everything we can to make sure that nostalgia and anticipation really builds. We are doing it.” – said Tyhar. This means focusing on some of the smaller details, such as adding toilets for participants and organizing social events for sports that are not included in the main event.

“I think all those little tangible ways to find and rekindle passion are part of why you go to a convention. If you’re going to participate in something you love, what you do there affirms that love. We really try to minimize that. “It has been a tumultuous few years for Ovo. The online event was planned for 2020 but was canceled after Evo’s co-founder and president were accused of sexual assault. In 2021, the event was acquired by Sony and RTS, a venture from Endeavor, in what the groups called “a joint venture esports partnership,” and an online-only event did happen over two weekends that August.

“IF I CAN’T EXIT THAT ROOM FEELING LIKE WE’RE BUILDING A SHOW THAT I WOULD WANT TO GO TO OR BE PART OF, I KNOW WE’VE MISSED THE MARK”Despite the new corporate ownership, Thiher is committed to making an event that still feels like something that represents what the fighting game community wants. “I sit in a room and say yes and say no and consider myself an active member of the community we’re building the show for. If I can’t exit that room feeling like we’re building a show that I would want to go to or be part of, I know we’ve missed the mark and I don’t want to be part of it.”Evo will take place from August 5th through the 7th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. You can check out everything that’s happening at the show on the Evo website, and just this week the organizers announced a special treat for attendees: they’ll be able to play the highly anticipated Street Fighter 6 at the Capcom and Sony booths. to do

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