What is Evo?
Evo (short for Evolution) is the worlds largest fighting game event. Going on for now over a decade, Evo is the must-attend event for fighting game fans and competitors all over the world. Over three days, Evo hosts a variety of fighting game tournaments, exhibitions, and a free-play area where gamers can compete, meet up, and generally have a good time.

Who’s in charge of Evo?
Joey Cuellar (MrWizard), Tom Cannon (Inkblot), Tony Cannon (Ponder), and Seth Killian (s-kill).

Where is Evo this year?
This year Evo is at Caesars Palace Resort. Here is a link to the reservation site:


The link also includes the hotel’s address, and room rates. Please note you must be 21 and have a debit or credit card to book a room at Caesars Palace

When is Evo?
This year Evo is July 9th-11th

Once I arrive at the Las Vegas airport how exactly do I get to Caesars Palace?
Good question. The Las Vegas airport provides 24 hour Taxi and Shuttle service to and from pretty much any hotel in Vegas. For Caesars Palace, expect a cab fare of around $20 each way.

The “Showtime Shuttle” is available at $6 one way or $11 roundtrip. You can find the shuttle at door 13 at the airport.

What’s the Schedule?
The detailed schedule will be released a week before Evo. The tournaments will run from Friday through Sunday. Expect Super Street Fighter IV to start at 9am on Friday.

How long does Evo run each day?
Usually each event day ends from 9am – 12am. Friday and Saturday are all the pools play for each game, usually 3 games each day. The Finals for all games are on Sunday, and usually run to 11pm.

What games are at Evo?:
There are 6 official Evolution games. They are as followed:
Super Street Street Fighter IV (PS3)
Super Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Tekken 6 (PS3)
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PS3)
Melty Blood: Actress Again (PS2)
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (Wii)
SSFIV Female Only Invitational! (PS3)

I’m going just to watch, or to support a friend. Do I have to pay the cover charge or any fees?
No, the whole weekend is FREE to watch and use the BYOC area. Other special events, like beta test games however will require a badge to play.

But Evo Staff! Why isn’t *said game* in the line up.
Easy. BlazBlu scene volunteered dropping out of the Evo line up since everyone has moved on from Calamity Trigger to Continuum Shift, thus it was replaced with MvC2.
3rd Strike is not in the evo line up due to the evo staff felt the end votes weren’t accurate due to several reasons. Although it didn’t matter because Melty Blood: Actress Again and Marvel still had substantially more votes.

Why is there a Female Only SSFIV tournament? That’s stupid.
I agree. It’s absolutely stupid to try and widen our scene and fighting game interests as a whole. Quit thinking like a 5 year old. You aren’t going to get cooties.
Not to mention this is NOT an official game in the line up. It is a invitational SIDE EVENT. So it doesn’t take away anything from Evo, if anything, it adds even more hype.

How are the official tourneys run?
In general our tournaments are double elimination brackets. Check our Players’ Guide for details including how the pools are run and game-specific rules. This is a must read for tournament players.

What If I cant attend Evo, can I get a refund or transfer my entry?
The Evo Registration Fee is Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable. Please be very careful before registering. Also all registrations are final. This means once you submit your registration, there is no editing it. If you wish to register for additional games, you must register again and pay the cover charge again.

Sounds fun! Where can I register?

I just registered, how do I know my name is on the list?
If the money is deducted from your credit card or paypal account, you are on the list. Just to be sure, we will release the brackets online about three days before the tournament. You can reconfirm then, and you can contact staff if you aren’t on there or have any concerns. And for tournament organizing purposes you will be given a lanyard with your name on it as well so we can keep track of you. There is also a handy email we send out to people registered for the event.

Is the BYOC section free?
Yes. You don’t have the pay the venue fee to play on the casuals-set ups. You’re more than welcome to bring your own system. The tv’s are provided but keep in mind they are in limited quantities. Try not to have a setup where you’re alone playing the cpu when there’s 20 people on a single setup waiting in line. From time to time people bring their cabs from home or supergun set ups as well.

Do you win money?
Yes. The prize money is split 70-20-10 (changing it to a setup that gives a smaller amount to the top 8 has been discussed lately but I doubt it went through).

Can we use d-pad controllers?

Are wireless controllers/arcade sticks allowed?
As of now, no. This rule might change due to TvC: UAS since madcatz made arcade sticks for the game and would only apply to TvC: UAS. Evo staff will be able to answer this question further.

Is button mapping allowed?

Is Rapid Fire/Turbo allowed?

Are converters allowed?

Is there a XBOX360 to PS3 converter?
There is one that I can think of but it’s nothing worth mentioning.

How bout PS2 to 360/PS3/Wii?:
Yes. There are lag free converters out for all three systems now and readily available.
SRK Member Laugh’s website. He has PS2>Xbox 360 and PS2 > PS3 converters readily available. He ships worldwide from Korea and shipping doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
SRK Member Jinxmitchell’s trading outlet thread. Also has PS2 > 360 and PS2 > PS3 converters readily available. Domestic shipping
PS2 > Wii/GC converter from play-asia.

Are custom arcade stick allowed?
Yes as long as they are not wireless or hacked.

I’m bringing my arcade stick. Any suggestions?
Yup. Most people including ourselves bring our stick(s) in our carry on bag to prevent damage. Sometimes peoples carry on is their arcade stick. But if you want to pack it in your luggage make sure it’s well padded and well secured. You know how airlines can be.

Can you sell merchandise on the evo floor?
No. Outside of Evo, sure. Just not in the rooms where Evo is being held.

Are Drink and Food allowed on the floor?
No, Caesars Palace prohibits outside food to be allowed into the ballroom at any time. If Evo staff decided to cater the event, then you may only eat the food provided, and please CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF. We aren’t your mom.

Can you smoke in the ballroom?

Is there an age requirement for Evo?
No. But you will need your parents to sign some paper work if you place in the top 8 of the tournament.

Can you record matches?
We allow recording to the extend that you don’t upload the footage. Please keep it to yourself and for your own personal use. We produce a lot of the footage and dont want any of the footage on the internet before we have a chance to release it.