EVO Announces The Lineup for EVO 2017

EVO has just announced their lineup for the upcoming EVO 2017.

The full lineup for the upcoming EVO 2017 is as follows:

  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros Melee
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U
  • Injustice 2
  • BlazBlue Central Fiction
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
  • King of Fighters XIV
  • Tekken 7

There will also be a vote in this year via charity drive which will be the first time since 2013 where Super Smash Bros Melee won it to become one of the main line up games.

The games that are up for voting are as follows:

  • Mortal Kombat XL
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Skullgirls
  • Pokken Tournament
  • Killer Instinct
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo
  • Arms
  • Windjammers
  • Nidhogg

The winner of the charity drive will have a guaranteed $10,000 prize pool, as well as being one of the five games that will be played on the stadium alongside Street Fighter V, Blaz Blue Central Fiction, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros for Wii U.

You can vote for the game you want to see at EVO 2017 right here.

EVO 2017 will be held from July 14th to the 16th.

Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie


Writer at Niche Gamer. Passionate for video game journalism, and more than glad to be a part of it. I also write DOTA 2 stuff.

  • Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie

    >No Catherine vote in


  • Andrew Siribohdi

    I’m genuinely surprised that Arms is already on the list even so before launch.

    Is early word of mouth that good?

  • Skullgirls not already being in the main lineup despite having a dedicated base after all these years…

  • Lucky

    Honestly, I’d like to see Windjammers, Nidhogg, Arms or even Pokken. Something beyond the normal stuff.

  • Envy Noson

    I really want Skullgirls to be mainline.

  • Pillbugable

    Nidhogg is on the voting list too. They probably just ran out of games they could think of.

    I’m more upset Lethal League isn’t there.

  • Mr0303

    It’s a bit strange having 2 Smash Bros games in the main line-up, but they likely bring the views. I’m glad that KOFXIV is on there – the game is awesome and could use some exposure.

  • Zen

    >Injustice 2
    Fuck, I didn’t realize it was going to be ready in time for this year’s EVO. I thought I was safe from a shitty WB game taking up a slot.

    At least KoF XIV made it.

  • >Tekken 7
    >Guilty Gear

    Uncensored goodness wins the day.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    People still play Skullgirls?

  • Madbrainbox

    Hoping for some great Tekken 7 matches.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    They have games like Nidhogg (an indie game nobody knows) and Windjammers (a sports game) but no Dead or Alive? Are they serious?

  • Kessek

    Yeah but nobody plays DoA.

  • scemar

    I assumed nintendo was involved in promoting it

  • 2501

    Disappointed that there is no Virtua fighter but i guess the Top 16 will just be Japanese players.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Too problematic :^)

  • NuclearCherries

    Great selection. Blazblue, Guilty Gear and KOFXIV? Perfect.

  • Chino Gambino

    Wow Blazblue made the cut.

  • Zanthos

    Nidhogg?! Man, I better start training to play against the two other pros out there!

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Nidhogg and Windjammers are great-ass games though.

  • InsaneBlur777

    I demand that Extreme vs Full Boost be an option

  • alterku

    I don’t understand competitive smash. I’d much rather see some randomness in the form of items, or teams, or modifiers being allowed in what has been described by its creator as a party game. The way it’s played at EVO is just not interesting to me.

  • Smash bros is not a fighting game.

  • Mr0303

    I get the appeal of the chaotic party game, but it clashes with the balance. This is why Smash is not a typical fighting game. My guess is that fans of the series wanted the EVO exposure.

  • Matz

    This is by far one of the best EVO line-ups i’ve seen in recent years, all the big Fighting Game Franchises are there (Well, with the exception of Injustice 2), I hope that Marvel VS Capcom get the 9th spot

  • scemar

    the smash community has tried items before, they always get turned off later
    the average people who play, the top level players who are worth watching play, and the majority of viewers support them being off

    a chaotic match can be “fun” but once you’re at that level where a single mistake can cost you a game, where both players are doing their best after training and optimizing all their options, seeing a match decided by RNG can be frustrating and disappointing for everyone involved from players to viewers

    nothing kills hype as much as seeing a great player rise through a tourney, looking like he has a great shot at winning it all, made the right choices through a whole match, didn’t drop a combo, his spacing on point, was on his way to victory and next is grand finals and a rematch with the guy who sent him to losers bracket, the perfect conditions for an exciting match
    then 3 pokeballs with legendaries spawn next to the opponent and he gets wrecked and he’s out of the tournament

  • Cubed Grapes

    It’s a salt excavator

  • alterku

    I get that, I just don’t get the mentality or desire to boil down the party game to its base points, taking it too far and too seriously. Fighting games and the rare arcade game are designed to be tight mechanically and competitive to the frame. Smash was never meant to be what it is now to those who play it as though it’s a fighting game. It’s the same thing to me as any other game taken seriously beyond what the design intended and in most cases allows for. Imagine competitive pachinko with two players and that’s how I look at smash; you can get really skilled at positioning, getting the physics right, making the right movement at the right time, but all the pegs are missing. I’m sure some people would be enthralled but to me you’re taking out most of what makes it interesting.

  • Amhran

    This is probably the best analogy I have read for why smash is not a good competitive game. Thanks.