Evo, the biggest fighting game tournament in the world, has moved online with one notable omission: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Evo 2020 was set to take place in Las Vegas this July but was cancelled due to the coronavirus. When the event was announced, it included tournaments for eight games: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Granblue Fantasy Versus, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Samurai Shodown, Soul Calibur 6, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r].
The Evo Online lineup, however, includes seven games after organisers ditched Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Evo officials have yet to comment on the omission, but it's widely accepted it's down to the Switch game's ropey online play.
The reaction online from Evo fans is a mix of sadness as well as understanding, given how difficult it would have been to run a stable Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament online.
SMASH IS GONE. These are strange times. Smash is a staple of Evo, but its online modes are absolutely disgusting. This is probably a good call, but its still confusing. pic.twitter.com/DExTSglYny— Extra Terrestrial??? (@terrestrial2187) May 14, 2020
Incoming angry Smashers.— Manny (@Musty_AF) May 14, 2020
With that netcode? It HAD to be cut!
Smash bros at EVO: pic.twitter.com/M9fA1xtLm2— Infinity_Blade (@Aiya23Dms) May 14, 2020
Meanwhile, Evo Online will hold open online tournaments for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, Killer Instinct, Them's Fightin' Herds, and Skullgirls 2nd Encore. I'm seeing a lot of love for Skullgirls' inclusion at Evo, given it's excellent netcode.
The greatest long con irony. Smash, with its shit online, is yeeted, and Skullgirls, with its GOAT online, finally gets involved in a major way. pic.twitter.com/n2mxUH4CPW— Fujikoda Mine (@KodaKazar) May 14, 2020
Smash gets cut (understandable) but Skullgirls is in pic.twitter.com/uv4wXXrC6w— Mark/Ryan @ Midgar (@Rylade475) May 14, 2020
Evo Online takes place over five weekends in July.