EVO 2015 is coming sooner than you’d think. For those of you who don’t know, EVO is the largest and longest running fighting game championship in the world. Year after year, the fighting game community comes together to make a giant weekend filled with fisticuffs and brawling. This year, the amount of titles that they’re going to be playing is incredible. Games like Ultra Street Fighter 4, Super Smash Brothers Melee and Wii U, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd, and others will all be up for viewing on the tournaments various livestreams. 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 2015:

Schedule

EVO takes place over three days, starting Friday, July 17 and ending on Sunday, July 19. 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.

Unlike previous years where the number of channels were being kept to around three, this year we’re getting a whopping seven EVO streams. Be sure to check out the schedule above to see what all is showing and try to work out your priorities. If you need a larger view of the schedule, check out this screenshot or look at the official PDF on Google Drive.

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Of course, there will always be smaller games that are played at EVO—titles that are either a bit older or more obscure, and that’s where the EVO community at large comes in. One such example is AnimEVO [Thanks, Friendly neighborhood_Dude!]. They’re showing amazing titles like BlazBlue: ChronoPhantasma Extend, Skullgirls: Encore, Dead or Alive: Last Round, and King of Fighters XIII, along with many others. You can view their streaming times and channels either above or at their NeoGAF thread.

In general, the showings get better the later into the event it is. Early Friday is entirely filled up with pools, but later on in the day we begin seeing the semifinals for Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Super Smash Brothers Wii U, but Persona 4 Arena Ultimax has its semifinals and finals all on Friday afternoon. From Saturday on, it’s almost entirely semifinals and finals on the main channels, so if you had to pick a day to miss, make sure it’s Friday—unless you’re a Persona 4 Arena fan.

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Viewing

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!

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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. Basically, all you need to do is go add the names of the channels that you want to watch after the backslash, and then each additional twitch stream you want needs to be separated by another backslash. As an example, if you want to watch channels 1, 3, and 6 tomorrow, then type in:

multitwitch.tv/srkevo1/srkevo3/srkevo6

That’s it! Of course, you can watch the Twitch streams on their original home by going to twitch.tv and navigating to their respective channels.

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Side-Attractions

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.

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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. Plus, at the end of the EVO stream and particularly for the finals, the stakes get ludicrously high whenever some of the longtime patrons of Salty Bet end up betting millions and millions of salty bucks on their favorite competitors. If you were wanting to make sure you got the full EVO experience, filled with all of the excitement and community hilarity, I would highly recommend heading over to Salty Bet—especially on the last day of EVO.

Please not that TAY is not responsible if you develop an addiction to Salty Bet after EVO has concluded.

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That concludes this viewing guide, everyone! I tried to update it from last year, but a lot has changed since then with the new titles being released and how many more channels are actually going to be streaming. If you have any more questions about EVO, feel free to ask them down below and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability. Otherwise, I hope my fellow fighting game fans enjoy the show for the next few days!


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