The largest fighting game tournament in the world is currently taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, Evolution 2011! Featuring large prizes and thousands of spectators and competitiors, Evo has become the top destination for all things involving competitive fighting gaming. This year they are hosting tournaments for Mortal Kombat 9, BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2, Tekken 6, Marvel vs Capcom 3, and of course, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition. The largest tournament of the event is SSF4AE, but the other games also attract a large audience. With streaming capabilities, you can check out all the excitement you are missing.
A large contingent of Texas players trekked across the country for their shot at glory. Many players from Planet Zero and Austin’s Arcade UFO travelled in packs. But the harsh reality is that a tournament of this size makes it exceedingly hard to win. Beating down hundreds to thousands of other players is a tough mission to accomplish. Out of all the Texas players who represented at Evo, there were only a handful to make it out of qualifying. Eric “JOP” Akins and Jim Esmersoy qualified for MK9, and JOP is actually still fighting for his top 8 spot this Sunday! Jason “Kid Viper” El Srouji was the lone Texan to qualify for BBCS2, Austin had a strong showing in SSF4AE with Ryan “Fubarduck” Harvey, Hsien Chang, Jesse “JDR” Richman, and Jerry2Bad all qualifying. Texas had its best showing in MvC3 with 6 players qualifying, Jojo Chantra, Stone Nguyen, Vernon “Neo-X” Kirkendoll, John “Pozerwolf” Ramirez, Fubarduck, and Toan “Total Toanage” Nguyen. In Tekken 6, DemonJim, Neo-X qualified along with Houston powerhouse players Chris “Crow” VIllarreal, and Rene “DJ KOR” Maistry who both also made it to Championship Sunday.
As of this story, MvC3 was still being played and a number of Tx reps were still alive. Tune in Sunday to Evo’s live stream and cheer on your local players as they try to become the best in the world!