2018 is fast approaching, meaning that we’re not far away from the first ever Evo Japan. Being the inaugural event, players from almost every continent are making the pilgrimage to Tokyo, in order to compete in what looks to be the first of many Evo Japan events. While it has a bit of a way to go before it rivals the original Evo’s entrant numbers, there is certainly plenty of competition for each of its main tournaments.
To that end, Japanese site 4Gamer has created a regional breakdown of each tournament, showing where all the competition is coming from for each title. For games like Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Japan rules the roost but for Tekken 7, The King of Fighters XIV and ARMS, foreign players outnumber Japanese entrants.
For Street Fighter V, Japan makes up 63% of entrants, followed by North America with 15%, Europe with 5% and then Korea and Oceania both at 3%. Despite it being the only tournament to reach over 1000 entrants, it is not the tournament with the most diverse pool of entrants. That award goes to The King of Fighters XIV, where Japan only makes up 45% of the entrants — the rest of the players come from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Shout-outs to the one Micronesian player who is representing their country at KOFXIV!
You can check out the entire regional breakdown over on 4Gamer — providing you can read Japanese. Evo Japan runs from January 26th-28th, with a plethora of side-events to supplement its seven mainline titles.