Fighting Game Fans Raise over $225,000 for Breast Cancer Research.  Smash Wins! Fighting Game Fans Raise over $225,000 for Breast Cancer Research.  Smash Wins!
The totals are in, and wow… what an incredible ride! Hard work, community bonding, community competition, surprises, gamesmanship, and even a last minute dose... Fighting Game Fans Raise over $225,000 for Breast Cancer Research.  Smash Wins!

The totals are in, and wow… what an incredible ride! Hard work, community bonding, community competition, surprises, gamesmanship, and even a last minute dose drama–who could have guessed Evo’s 8th game charity donation drive would have had so many things in common with Evo itself?

As many of you have been tracking the totals carefully up to the last minute, you’ll know that the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene has taken the top spot, with an incredible donation total of $94,683. The first congratulation must go to them, and we’ll be very proud to host the title that has generated such incredible support from its players as our 8th official game.

While of course every competition will have a winner, we should also stop to note that this is an incredible win for all of us. The drive has been a success far, far beyond what we had imagined. We’ve been impressed by fighting game fans as they’ve rallied to support each other during times of need, but honestly weren’t sure what to expect when we came up with this idea to decide our final title. You have collectively gone far beyond what I had ever imagined, and we will be proudly sending an amazing total of $225,744 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from all of us.

Together, we’ve supported a great cause, shown the world the positive power of fighting fans, and helped to form closer collaboration and solidarity within our individual game communities working together for a common cause. Shoutouts not just to the incredible efforts of the Smash, Skullgirls, and Super Turbo communities, but to every single one of you for repping your favorite game and supporting the fight against cancer. It’s days like this that make me very proud of our collective community–you are an inspiration. Thank you, and I’ll see you at Evo!

  • Adrian Leigh Gordon

    A win for cancer support, a loss for everyone else.

    Every time ST isn’t at Evo, we all lose.

    • Chris B

      ST has been at evo many times….like lastyear……and most likely this year to….

      • Adrian Leigh Gordon

        It should be main-stage every year, forever.

        • Gailim

           I am pissed at this result, but I would be even MORE pissed if ST had won. geez, talk about a game that’s already had its day in the sun…

          • Dion Johnson

             had it’s day in the sun?it practically built it’s house on it. I mean it is the father of all competitive fighters and all…

          • Gailim

            EVO should be a stage for the modern FGC. Old games like Melee and ST shouldn’t take up spots that could be used for worthy NEW games. Being an EVO game is HUGE, it means a game will be at numerous tournaments the whole year, it means a big spot light on it for months. old games like Melee and ST don’t need that spotlight. Decade old games shouldn’t be allowed to crowd out the new generation of fighting games.

          • 0bie

            The point of EVO is to have the most popular games, not the newest games.

    • AlusFrog


    • yamato101ps

      ST is trash.

      • sb

        Hey bro watch your mouth

      • Nocte Veldin

        I would not call it trash, but merely a overhyped and quite lame game. Generic as you get.

      • Carlos Alexandre

        ST isn’t trash, but HDR is way better.

        • Nocte Veldin

          On this we agree.

    • Nocte Veldin

      Please no more ST at EVO EVER.

  • Chris B


  • Daniel Logan

    Go Melee! Gonna me too hype

  • Brandon Nance

    It’s really upsetting to see two communities fair about 120,000$ and don’t get a thing for it.  Shoutouts to Smash, though.  The Smash community will always be more tightly knit than any other community.  It’s how we’re built.

    • Jet_Set_Dizzy

      Mike’s Speech

  • Gailim

    Feel so bad for Skull Girls. they needed this so much.

    Melee is a 12 year old game. No way it should be at EVO. Not with so many quality, NEW games left off the roster

    • 0bie

      Melee was only at EVO once. Also, it has a small scene, so it also does need it. No matter who won, new games had to be left out (shoutouts to MLP lol). Melee earned the top spot by donating the most money and earned the right to be at EVO. It sucks that every game can’t be there but that’s the reality of the situation. Skullgirls will also probably have a side tourney at EVO anyways. Smash deserves to be there, end of story.

      • Furyfire

        Melee had a small scene because people made fun of them for being at such a high end tournament. It happened that year, it’ll happen this year, nothing will change on that end. 

        Smash deserves to be there, yes, but not as one of the 8

    • Eric Nguyen

       Actually, Skullgirls had some surprises after the drive ended.

      1) The development team was hard at work on DLC, as evidenced by their unveiled work on Squiggly.
      2) They announced that Lab Zero has found funding to continue their work on Skullgirls, so they’re not working for free any more.

      Basically, despite not getting to be a main EVO game, despite the layoffs, despite the Def Jam lawsuits, despite the setbacks with Microsoft patching the game, Skullgirls has found ways to live on. What this donation drive did was give the game a HUGE amount of exposure, and this is actually a testament to what can happen if you don’t give up on a good project just because so many things are screwing it over.

      We should be happy for them.

    • Glenn Kim

      No 12 year old game has been unappreciated as a fighter as Melee. While everybody pointed fingers at them, the Melee scene has prospered for 12 long years. If anything, Melee deserves it’s place as part of the EVO roster (2008 doesn’t count, that was before EVO got big). Not saying the SG shouldn’t get in, shout-outs to them.

  • Furyfire

    Well, least we won’t have to watch Melee on the main stream… I don’t wanna take naps in between games. :)

    • GHNeko

       Except Melee will be on main stream lol.

      • Furyfire

        If they are, prepare for the worst insulting of a lifetime. No one will be there to watch, just there to laugh.

        • tatodk

          If that’s honestly what you believe, prepare for an unpleasant surprise.

          • Furyfire

            Back in 2008 or whenever it was there, the community made fun of it then.

            The FGC is 100 times worse now that its gone online and EVO has exploded… trust me, the Stream Monsters will make Melee even more of a laughing stock than SFxT.

            This is from common experience.
            It WILL happen.

        • Diego Leal


  • Carlos Alexandre

    Skullgirls is the game that deserved to win.

    But better Melee than Brawl, and hell, just to piss people off, better Melee than that inferior version of HDR known as Super Turbo.

    And, in the end, as a cancer survivor, I’m always glad to see my favorite disease come one
    step closer to eradication.

    Good games, y’all.

    • RenaTurnip

      You must not have seen Brawl at Apex this year, which was amazing beyond amazing. I would, under no small circumstances, love to see the return of a ZSS player taking the win, because it was incredible.

      Frankly, Melee was the least interesting of the three Smashes at Apex, somehow. I won’t even pretend to know how or why.

      • Carlos Alexandre

        Brawl is incapable of being amazing, so I’m missing nothing.

    • Robert Paul

      >that inferior version of HDR known as Super Turbo.

      Wait, what?

      • Carlos Alexandre

        Yeah I said it.

  • DJ Hawkes

    yes yes yes!!! we did it, smashers! now lets show the FGC how hype this “casual” game can be

    • Furyfire

      Oh, its still casual. You guys did a amazing job earning that money, but the FGC isn’t gonna watch it. If they do.. it’ll be to make fun of it, like they did 3 years ago when it made the tournament.

      So just a warning, don’t be surprised if no one cares except your own community. 😛

      • DJ Hawkes

        i keep on typing up these long responses trying to defend melee as a real fighting game, but i keep already know the FGC will be too close-minded to even entertain the idea, so all i can say is: fuck ya’ll.

    • Oreo

       This isn’t really going to change anything.  In fact, you’re probably likely to get less respect than before, because now everyone is gonna be pissed off.

      • Nocte Veldin


    • Torbjørn Rønningsen

       Can’t wait, gonna be hype! I wish the fello FGC could be more mature. Melee is real deep, but someone people just won’t see it.

      Cmon everyone, watch it, give it a chance.

  • Go2hell66


  • MuhhPhukka

    Rather this then MLP.

  • Henry Zurawski

    Congratulations to Melee! I was a firm and dedicated supporter of skullgirls until the last seconds of the drive. I can say this much, I think the Skullgirls side tournament will be huge this year. Remember to keep in mind MikeZ’s speech Skullgirls community, in the end we’re all just parts of the whole FGC.

  • MortalKomment

    It’s a real shame the Tekken 4 community couldn’t get their resources together and win this.

    • Gailim

       ???  why would you want a really old version of a franchise in addition to a brand new, and as far as I can tell, well liked version?

      TTT2 aint enough?

      • MortalKomment

         Cause Tekken 4 was, like, the best Tekken.

        • Will Miranda

          That’s arguable. I really like Tekken 5:Dark Resurrection.

        • Disco-lemonade


        • Piccoro

          Trolling at its finest. Move along.

        • Emezie Okorafor

          I legit liked Tekken 4, because it’s the last time Namco actually tried to shake up the stale Tekken formula a little bit.

          They should have given it an update (like every other Tekken game received) to iron out the broken stuff and refine the engine. It would have been very interesting.

  • sb

    Please SRK not like this…..not like this its the beginning of the end for EVO the following year will be LOL & DOTA the FGC has been trolled the biggest troll in FGC history

    • Richard Zhao

      Demon’s Souls PvP for EVO 2014

      • Matthias

        The footsies in Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls are unreal. 

    • Torbjørn Rønningsen

       Melee is a fighting game. Wtf…

  • GCBill

    Congrats to the Smash community (esp. Melee players, you guys pulled HARD for your game). As a result, I’m more confident that you guys can come together as a cohesive unit.

  • J.D SRK

    That Marvel Jr.

  • Zexerous

    Neat, at least I’ll know when to take a nap. But good stuff, I can respect being able to reach deep in your pockets. 

  • Gregory Prytyka Jr.

    quite disappointed in the fighting game community right now, or at
    least those who pay attention to EVO. Melee over Skullgirls? FFS. Don’t
    get me wrong, Melee’s a good game but Skullgirls needed that
    establishment more. Wish I could flip off every idiot living in the
    past. Well go ahead, Evolution Championship Series.
    Relive the “glory days” of Melee, ’cause your players are drones who’ll
    never appreciate true art like Skullgirls. This has been my daily time
    of “making life take the lemons back.” Resume your lives and hopefully
    the humanoids wise up next year. Though I doubt it…

    • 0bie

      Could you give me a reason as why Skullgirls “needed it”? Everyone at EVO (probably) has at least heard of Skullgirls. They would have checked it out if they were interested.

      • Gregory Prytyka Jr.

         Simple: Establishment. Skullgirls was an indie game while Melee was from a brand name. They needed the exposure more so the franchise can grow instead of having people stick with what’s “familiar and safe.” Instead they’ll just be stuck in the ground with Melee.

    • tatodk

      As a Melee player I agree that Skullgirls needed it more…but we wanted it more.

      • Gregory Prytyka Jr.

         Exactly why Skullgirls shoulda won. What is “needed” outweighs what is “wanted.”

  • NyuBomber

    Can’t we all just fight along? :(

    • RenaTurnip

      Now now, don’t try to get people to follow common sense :(


    i hate cancer!

  • Noel Vermillion

    FGC is stupid

  • Ivan Noltenius

    I wonder if all the people that talk shit about Melee even understand how it works at a competitive level. It’s the deepest FG I know of next to GGXX.

    • DJ Hawkes

      they dont, because they write it off as casual before they even watch it.  the FGC doesnt know shit about melee because the want someone to hate so they ignore it. then they say shit like “i know when to take a nap” because they dont know what the fuck is happening when they watch melee and dont know how hype it really is

  • Jonathan Sanchez

    Yo guys no salt against Melee, or any other game for that matter. Melee will be there and will probably have the biggest following in the FGC. And if melee hadnt made it to the roster, I would have loved to see Third Strike, MVC2, CVS2, GG, or BB in that order

  • Will Miranda

    Skullgirls needs a little more time before it becomes EVO ready. Congrats Melee.

  • Torbjørn Rønningsen

    I think this is awesome. I always hated the the two communitys was seperated, I hope more realise that melee is a deep game, and give watching it a chance!

    Awesome with the amount of money collected.

  • David Wilson

    you can bet if sfxt was in the donation drive it wouldnt have raised as much money as the top 2.

  • Crystal Shards

    If you aren’t excited about Melee being there, then don’t watch. It’s kind of sad that this is getting more attention (at least in the comments) than the awesome amount of money raised for breast cancer research. You guys accomplished something awesome here. Take a little pride in that first.

  • Jimmy Rustlin

    get ready for dat wombo combo

  • DemonFox DemonFox


    • gigantor21

      LOL don’t hold your breath.

  • GHNeko

    And this is why SRK Front Page is the filth of the FGC community all over the internet. lol.

    Cuz when you actually go to grand scale tourneys, you see and hear 0 hate for Melee. Apex is a great example of that.

  • AJ / Mixah

    Wasn’t too long ago that we got accused of sexism… Yeah.

  • gigantor21

    Well, so much for the potential warming of relations following Apex. *sigh*

    At any rate, fuck cancer.

  • CDiggity

    Grats to melee, you proved you wanted it the most…

    Now that that’s out of the way, I have a massive beef with this selection. From a logistical standpoint this was potentially one of the worst choices because it not only requires a separate console from the rest of the games, but also I am guessing that melee wants it to be run on CRTs as well. EVO is already at a critical load running significantly more games than last year, and you donate to a game that could potentially run 15+ minutes for one set of 3 (although I do recall Bo1 in 2007). Depending on entrants (I’ll be generous and assume that it will be around APEX numbers, so about 300) and the amount of space they are given. This could take a very long time.

    And to the melee community, please don’t steal EVO’s stuff, split the pot, or jack off on hotel beds. That would be much appreciated 😛

  • MikeTysonQuotes

    With over 94 000$ donated, Smash DESERVES a PRIMETIME streaming spot. Don’t stream smash top 32/finals at times that NO ONE is watching, which is what happened to SFxTekken last year.

    With such a large contribution to making the FGC’s image more positive, Smash deserves the spotlight. Don’t put Smash Finals on Saturday night or Sunday morning. Smash should be streamed LAST, or at least the tourney right before last.

    So maybe stream Marvel 3, then Smash, then Street Fighter 4.

    • windsagio

      Best thing is, they did it without developer support.

      Not a huge fan of the game, but the smash community showed everybody EXACTLY what the FGC should be.

    • Gailim

       I would imagine that the scheduling will be determined by entrants. That is how it always seems to go. games with the lowest entrants go early, games with the highest are the main event

  • BeholdMyPower

    GG, breast cancer.

  • thirdstrikesucks

    Ain’t no third strike and they pooled all the money from the entire 3s community together too, $70

    • suproman

      Damn, you’re petty even in the face of breast cancer research. Someone in the SFIII-3S community must have really raped you bad in that game.

  • Ninebreaker (HurtboxTV)

     nice that so much went into a good cause. Sucks that it is Smash that won, would’ve much rather had SkullGirls or pretty much any other fighter on the list besides smash.

  • ScumItOut

    Melee earned and deserved it. 

    But drop SFxT and put in both Skullgirls and ST. 

  • Tokido




    L O L

  • memyselfandi770

    First let me say that think it is truly dope that the community was able to raise this much money for a worthy cause; I really think that speaks greatly on how far EVO, and the collective strength of the community at large have come. That said, I really do wish some of the other games on the list had made it instead of melee. I mean don’t get me wrong, congrats to the fans of this game and all that,they won fair&square bottom line; but damn I really do not care to see this at EVO.

    I just hope that everybody who helped get this game in GENUINELY gives a shit about Smash, and I know a lot (if not most) of them do, but whenever it’s time to choose something in the community there seems to be this plethora of people who kinda give a shit, with half assed opinions who popup, and rally around the bandwagon (cough, cough, cough Phoenix Wright, cough Frank West, cough), and are the very same ones hopping on the Bitch and Moan bandwagon at the next stop when it’s time to deal with said decision they made possible. Again, the Smash crowd won fair and square so I can’t hate, but I am disappointed to say the least.

  • youtube_UsurperKingZant

    Why are MK9 and SFXT automatically featured in EVO? It’d be SO GOOD if there were only 5 set in stone and 6th, 7th, and 8th spots were up to community donations

    And way to go, Melee