Microsoft to Provide a Possible $50,000 to Evo 2015’s Killer Instinct Prize Pool, Support Other Tournaments with Community Fundraiser

By on April 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

With the fighting game community continuing to grow, developers are beginning to take notice of our passion and provide some amazing support. From Capcom and Sony’s work with Ultra Street Fighter IV to Nintendo finally noticing the passion of the Smash scene, it’s never been a better time to be a fighting game fan.

In an effort to celebrate Killer Instinct’s return to Evolution and a variety of other major tournaments throughout 2015, the developers are set to provide substantial monetary backing for the game’s best players. But it’s going to take some help from the community.

Starting from Cinder’s launch on April 30, everything fans spend on content–from complete seasons to individual downloads–for two weeks will be collected in a special fighting game community fund with a maximum amount of $100,000. The first $50,000 raised will go directly towards Evo 2015, while the rest will be distributed to other events, both offline and online, throughout the year.

Additionally, Shadow Jago will be available to purchase for the first time ever, bundled with 7500 Killer Instinct Gold (the title’s in-game currency for unlockables) during the aforementioned fourteen-day period. While he’s only a skin at this point in time, the developers will turn Shadow Jago into a unique playable character should they meet the $100,000 limit.

This is another tremendous opportunity for the community to directly contribute to the prize pools of our largest tournaments, and it should be interesting to see how successful this drive becomes. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more details emerge.

Source: Killer Instinct