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Super Smash Bros. Melee excluded from Evo lineup

Super Smash Bros. Melee excluded from Evo lineup
The games to be played at this year's Evolution Championship Series have been announced, and whilst Evo is usually the most anticipated time of year amongst the fighting game community, the omission of Super Smash Bros. Melee from the line-up has prompted much criticism from the community. In its place will be Melee's younger sibling in Smash Ultimate, which released on Nintendo Switch in December 2018. Whilst Melee has been a staple of fighting game tournaments over the last two decades, including six consecutive years at Evo, Ultimate brings the franchise a little closer to modern times and could bring in a whole host of new players as they adapt to a more modern era of Smash. Evo's farewell to Melee definitely seems final, as they produced a goodbye video that seemingly puts an end to their love affair, as Ultimate is brought into the fray. https://twitter.com/Wario64/status/1100583322697138176 The nine games that will be part of EVO 2019 are as follows:
  • Tekken 7
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition
  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • SoulCalibur VI
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late
Melee will still be seen throughout the year, with appearances set for other upcoming tournaments such as CEO 2019, but in the meantime the community is very split: many see it as an opportunity for Smash to get with the times and become a bigger esport, whilst some see it as a great disrespect to one of the most viewed, most popular fighting games in history. EVO 2019 will be taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada from August 2-4. You can read up more about this year's event on their website.