G4 AND CAPCOM TO PROVIDE UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF EVO 2010 WORLD FIGHTING FINALS
45 Hours of Live Online Streaming on G4tv.com Plus an X-Play Special Gives Fans Total Access to the Fighting Game Action From Las Vegas
X-Play vs. Capcom: EVO 2010 World Fighting Finals Premieres Tuesday, July 20 @ 6:30pm
Los Angeles, CA, July 2, 2010 – Fans of fighting series “Street Fighter” and “Marvel vs. Capcom” prepare for battle as G4 is set to rock your virtual world. This July 9-11 the greatest virtual gladiators known to man will descend upon Caesar’s Palace Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for EVO 2010, the world’s most impressive fighting game competition, and G4 will provide coverage of the three-day tournament as never before. 45 hours of live streaming coverage at [url]http://G4tv.com/EVO[/url] and a 30-minute X-Play special airing on July 20th makes G4 the place to be for the most comprehensive coverage of this year’s massive competition.
“The excitement and growth of EVO have been incredible, and I’m thrilled to bring the heat of competitive fighting games like Super Street Fighter IV to G4’s audience,” says Tom Cannon, Founder, EVO Championship Series.
Beginning at 9:00am PT July 9th, G4TV.com, powered by Stickam, the first live streaming video network, will offer unprecedented access to the EVO 2010 world championships with 45 hours of non-stop live streaming coverage. The exclusive stream will feature tournament matches between top players, with live crowd audio accompanied by expert commentary to explain all the onscreen action. This streaming event will run from the start of the tournament on July 9th through the finals on July 11th.
“Live streaming really ups the ante for viewer engagement,” said Steven Fruchter, CEO of Stickam. “Since 2006, Stickam has truly paved the way for real-time interactive Web television, and we’re excited to see how G4 fans react when they can truly take part in the EVO world championships.”
Streamed coverage will broadcast matches featuring the world’s top players flying in from 20 countries, including Japan’s Daigo Umehara, EVO 2009 World Champion, as well as special guest “Super Street Fighter IV” producer Yoshinori Ono and “Marvel vs. Capcom 3″ producer Ryota Niitsuma.
From the preliminaries to the finals and everything in between, G4tv.com’s live streaming will highlight all the action of the six featured tournaments:
Super Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
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On Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 pm, a special episode of “X-Play”, TV’s most watched videogame show, will be completely devoted to EVO 2010. X-Play vs. Capcom: EVO 2010 World Fighting Finals will delve into the legacy of Capcom’s legendary fighting games, and give viewers an all-access look at the history of EVO as it’s developed from a fledgling format to a mega-successful fighting institution. The show will include a new preview of “Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” as well as complete coverage of the “Super Street Fighter IV” World Finals, with color commentary from Adam Sessler and special guest Seth Killian, for whom a character in “Street Fighter IV” was named.
“The passion and enthusiasm surrounding EVO is infectious and when you see the skill level of the top players, even those who don’t dabble in fighting games will be slack-jawed,” says Adam Sessler, X-Play Host and Editor-in-Chief of Games Content.
This year’s coverage is unlike anything ever presented before, and marks an ongoing commitment from G4 to employ both on-air and online strategies to provide fans with the most complete and explosive gaming coverage anywhere.
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