Learn the story of the Evolution Championship Series, as told by theScore Esports

By on August 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm

See the history of Evo, from Battle By the Bay to Evo Moment #37 and the rise of Street Fighter IV!

With Evo 2018 fresh in the history books as of this past weekend, theScore esports decided to chronicle the overall history of the Evolution Championship Series in the first of a two-part documentary.

Beginning humbly as Battle by the Bay in 1996, Tom Cannon, Tony Cannon, Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, and Seth Killian, whom would become the four co-founders of the Evolution Championship Series, hosted the event as a way to finally settle inter-regional trash talking between various local communities. However, B5 in 2001 marked the first time that Japanese players made the flight to San Francisco, California, cementing the event’s prominence as the number one place to compete in fighting games from all corners of the globe.

With the closure of Southern Hills Golfland in 2002, Evo as we know it today was officially created in order to preserve the spirit of the slowly-dying arcade culture in America. From the legendary Evo Moment #37, to the rise of Street Fighter IV, to a hilarious story about the Cannons driving a truck full of CRT televisions with a broken clutch through a toll road at 3:00 AM, James Chen, Antonio Javier, Aris, and Tom Cannon give viewers a glimpse inside the origins of the world’s largest fighting game tournament. This is a very informative video, that anyone who is interested in any aspect of the competitive scene should make a point to watch. Part 2 will be released on Saturday, August 11th.

Do you have any fond memories of the beginning events of Evo, or were you learning about this piece of history for the very first time? Give us your thoughts and reactions in the comments section below.

Source: theScore esports

Oklahoma-based freelance journalist who enjoys fighting games of all sorts. When he's not grinding out setups, he enjoys watching anime and wrestling.