In a year of many acquisitions, the annual EVO fighting game tournament which is best known for harvesting competitive Super Smash Bros. play is now part-owned by Sony.
Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they have teamed up with esports venture RTS to jointly acquire the EVO Championship Series. While the official EVO PR has stated that Sony has allowed them to still be open to all platforms and support existing fighting game communities, many are wondering if the House of Mario will pull out of EVO. After all, Nintendo and Sony have a rocky history.
It looks like we have our answer as games journalist, Stephen Toltilo has reached out to a representative from Nintendo. The rep says that Nintendo wishes the founders well and states that “We will continue to assess Evo, and other opportunities, as we plan for future online and offline Super Smash Bros. tournament activity.”
Whether this means Nintendo is stepping away from EVO or not, remains to be seen.
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