EVO is the largest and longest running fighting game championship in the world. This year, it boasts a roster of Ultra Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Killer Instinct, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Brothers: Melee and many others. It's all streamed live over the course of three days—and it all starts tomorrow.
Interested in watching some of your favorite fighting games played by some of the world's top players? Then here's all you need to know to enjoy EVO 2014:
EVO takes place over three days, starting Friday, July 11, and ending on Sunday, July 13. Because of the massive amount of games that are all being played at EVO all at the same time, there are multiple channels all showing different games that are being played—some of them aren't even the main EVO Twitch channel.
As far as the main channels are concerned, the pools start fairly early on Friday and start dwindling down as the day progresses. The third channel is actually a Capcom hosted channel—it's only used for the first day for Ultra Street Fighter IV pools. The second channel is used on the first and second day and plays the more niche titles. The first channel is essentially the "main attraction" channel, and it's usually seen as the focus throughout the event; as such, it runs for all three days.
Of course, as I mentioned above, there are other games that aren't on the main streaming channels. Luckily, the folks over at Mad Cats are going to help cover them—check the streaming schedule above and be sure to watch their Twitch channel if any of the games listed appeal to you.
Sometimes there are too many streams for you to catch up on—I understand. EVO is notorious for having this problem, especially on the first day. It's for this very reason that MultiTwitch was invented! [multitwitch.tv]
MultiTwitch is a nice little site that lets you view multiple streams at the same time, basically what's shown above. This way, you can watch any of the streams that you're interested in, and maybe catch some of the ones that aren't even EVO related. The instructions on the website are fairly straightforward, but I'll go ahead and add a simple link to all three of the main streams for tomorrow, just in case.
Over the last couple of years, there have been a few dumb games that the community has played on the side while the tournaments were going on. They can be as simple as Twitter giveaways or silly as drinking games, but one of the more popular ones is Salty Bet.
Salty Bet is a completely free game that people play on the side of tournaments. Essentially the game gives you free currency and you use it to bet on a live event that is being played on the Salty Bet website. The odds are calculated depending on how much money was spent on each player, as far as I can tell, but it's ridiculously addicting and it's almost always doing something for EVO.
Please note that TAY is not responsible if you develop an addiction to Salty Bet after EVO has concluded.
That's pretty much it, everyone! If you're interested in any of the games being played tomorrow, go ahead and look at the breakdown of the games by Kotaku—who also gave me this really swish page break. So swish.