Sunday’s final events are King of Fighters, Tekken, Street Fighter, and Guilty Gear
For the first time in recent history, the order of the Evo 2022 finals will be determined solely by attendance, and there are thousands of players trying to make their mark on the grand return of the tournament series.
Evo 2022 organizers have now released the final registration numbers for next month’s event, which has seen some changes from the last time we heard about the numbers.
Only the top 4 fighting games earn the coveted spot for Sunday’s finals at the larger venue, so this year’s honor goes to The King of Fighters 15 with 1,104 entries, Tekken 7 with 1,220, Street Fighter 5 with 1,320, and finally Guilty Gear Strive to wrap things up with a whopping 2,161.
That leaves 5 games for Saturday night: Melty Blood: Type Lumina with 411 entries, Mortal Kombat 11 with 464, Granblue Fantasy: Versus with 528 and Dragon Ball FighterZ with 636.
Skullgirls have their finals Friday night with the game’s 295 registered players.
Since we got the initial update back in April, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, and Dragon Ball all seem to have climbed the ranks, but Guilty Gear and Street Fighter have firmly held their top spots.
Evo 2022 tournament registration:
3. T7 – 1220
5. DBFZ – 636
7. MK11 – 464
Participating countries – 63
The 4 best titles of the Evo 2022 Arena Finals!
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— EVO (@EVO) July 18, 2022
With 7,445 registered participants, that’s slightly less than Evo 2019’s numbers, which reached 9,230 participants, but the tournament is also missing the biggest game of the year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which had a whopping 3,534 participants.
It’s not too surprising that Evo 2022 couldn’t quite reach the peak of 2019 considering many players are likely still wary of travel and large crowds given Smash’s absence, but it’s a great sign that they are still able to match 2018 numbers after essentially 3 years away.
Guilty Gear Strive has the honor of being the first title in the series to ever headline an offline Evo, and will likely go down in history as the greatest Guilty Gear tournament.
King of Fighters 15 is the other big new game this year, and while it fell just short of beating Evo staples like Street Fighter and Tekken, Evo 2022 also likely marks one of the biggest KOF staples of all time.
Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7 both knocked off about 600 players from their booth in 2019, but it shows that people are still interested in what will probably be their last Evo on the main stage.
With thousands of competitors from around the world, promises of big reveals, and probably too many hype moments to count ahead of time, Evo seems to be trying to come back with great success under its new management.
Evo 2022 is scheduled to take place August 5-7, with the finals scheduled for the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pursue Guilty Equipment – 2.161
Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition – 1,320
Tekken 7 – 1,220
King of Fighters 15 – 1,014
Dragon Ball FighterZ – 636
Granblue Fantasy: Versus – 528
Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate – 464
Meltblood: Type Lumina – 411
Skullgirls 2nd encore – 295
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 3,492
Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition – 1,929
Tekken 7 – 1,885
Samurai Shodown – 1,719
Mortal Kombat 11 – 1,567
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] – 1,156
Dragon Ball FighterZ – 1,191
Soul Calibur 6 – 742
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle – 640