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PlayStation and RTS Jointly Acquire Evolution Championship Series

PlayStation and RTS Jointly Acquire Evolution Championship Series - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 March 2021 / 1,507 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS have announced a new venture born out of Endeavor’s esports business and have acquired the assets and properties of the Evolution Championship Series (EVO).

Co-founders of EVO Tony and Tom Cannon will continue to be key advisors and closely involved to make sure "EVO remains a one-of-a-kind, grassroots competitive platform for fighting game players and fans."

EVO Online 2021 was also announced in the press release and is set for August 6 to 8, and August 13 to 15. It will be operated by the newly formed joint venture between Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS. Players from North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America will be able to compete and entry will be free. 

"Fighting games have been a vital part of PlayStation’s legacy and our community since the very beginning, and we’ve been thrilled to partner with Evo over the years," Sony Interactive Entertainment vice president of Global Competitive Gaming Steven Roberts said. "This joint acquisition with RTS marks a new chapter of collaboration with Evo’s co-founders, Tom and Tony Cannon, and their passionate community of fighting game fans."

RTS CEO Stuart Saw added, "Evo is a unique and iconic community unlike any other in the fighting game space, and we’re proud to be partnering with the Sony Interactive Entertainment team and the legends that are Tom and Tony—as well as Mark Julio as Head of Business Development—to help grow Evo. We’ve got so many exciting plans in store for this year and beyond."

Evolution Championship Series co-founder Tony Cannon said, "Tom and I are incredibly excited by the partnership with SIE and RTS. Both companies bring a wealth of experience and share our passion for what makes the fighting game community so great. We are looking forward to working with them to launch Evo to the next level while remaining true to our roots."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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The Fury (on 18 March 2021)

Who are RTS? Playstation always has loved fighting games and with the ever increasing coverage of esports, seems like a wise move.

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Hiku (on 18 March 2021)

Interesting. I was recently wondering if EVO would bounce back after the Joey Cuellar incident, and if there would be an EVO in 2021, but with this move it looks like they have no intention of slowing down.

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TallSilhouette (on 18 March 2021)

PlayStation All-Stars 2 confirmed.

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umegames TallSilhouette (on 18 March 2021)

i sure hope so

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 20 March 2021)

Make more ps exclusive fighting games sony haha ps all stars 2 pls!

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Manlytears (on 18 March 2021)

I smell SFVI playstation exclusive.

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V-r0cK Manlytears (on 18 March 2021)

My thoughts exactly lol

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Jranation (on 18 March 2021)

1st Crunchyroll and now this. Interesting moves from Sony. Hopefully its for the better.

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kazuyamishima (on 18 March 2021)

Ahhh good news, casual games like Smash are more than alive but some “classic” and niche FG need to be pushed.

I just really hope with NullDC bear reviving the MvC2 community, Sony can have a talk with Capcom/Disney about releasing the game online again.

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VAMatt kazuyamishima (on 20 March 2021)

Strange that this comment was downvoted.

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