EVO 2013 Charity Drive Raises $225,000 For Breast Cancer Research

Super Smash Bros Melee

Fighting game fans came together to raise money for a worthy cause… oh, and choose a game for the competition!

Evolution Championship Series, or EVO, is the biggest fighting game tournament in North America (one of the biggest in the world, in fact!). It has all the drama, all the hype, all the shenanigans you would expect from a fighting game tourney, and I can’t wait for this year’s event (check out what I thought of EVO 2012)!

When the organizers announced the line-up for this year, there was one spot left vacant. They decided to have the community decide what that last game would be.

They set up donation pages for each of the most popular games in the community (based on poll results on EVO’s Facebook Page), with the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation [Ninja Edit: added the amount each of the games pulled in. :P]:

  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R = $1, 225
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee = $94,683
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl = $170
  • SFIII Third Strike, Online Edition = $81
  • Virtua Fighter 5 = $605
  • Divekick = $650
  • Melty Blood Actress Again Current = $684
  • My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic = $5,280.19
  • Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale = $1,000
  • Dead or Alive 5 = $1,900.69
  • Capcom vs. SNK 2 = $260
  • Injustice = $77
  • Skullgirls = $78,760.97
  • Street Fighter II Super Turbo = $39,567.56
  • Blazblue = $265
  • Soul Calibur V = $407.41
  • Darkstalkers 3 = $131

The game whose community raised the most money would be the 8th game. Well, the voting’s over, the totals are in, and we have a GAME!

So here’s the full EVO 2013 main lineup, for your hyping pleasure:

  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Mortal Kombat 9
  • Street Fighter X Tekken 2013
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE = Super Smash Bros. Melee

Yep! The Smash Community came together and raised $94,683 for breast cancer research. The whole donation drive was a huge success, with all the games pulling in a grand total of $225,744!

So it’s a win for the Smash Community to have Melee up on the World Stage, and a huge win for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Though, honestly, the games that didn’t win will probably still make an appearance at EVO as a side tournament. 😛

Huge pat on the back to the folks over at EVO, and the fighting game community at large!

Tune into the hype when EVO 2013 comes rolling into Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on July 12 through 14. Expect much Tweeting and/or cursing from me on those days 😛

Source: Fighting Game Fans Raise over $225,000 for Breast Cancer Research. Smash Wins!, Shoryuken


How hype are you for EVO 2013? If you had to choose an 8th game for the tournament, what would it be? Are you happy to see Super Smash Bros. Melee at EVO? Let me know in the Comments Section!