Super Smash Bros. Melee is likely to be the eighth game to be included in this year's Evo World Championship fighting game tournament after topping the donation drive used to determine which game would make the final cut.
Posting to Twitter today, Shoryuken's Joey "Mr Wizard" Cuellar crowned Super Smash Bros. Melee the unofficial winner of the donation drive after the game raised $94,683, putting it ahead of Skullgirls ($78,760) and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo ($39,567).
Evo organizers announced the donation drive in early January to give members of the fighting game community a chance to vote for the eighth game to be included in the competition line-up. The donation drive also served to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Members of the community were told to vote with their wallets, pledging funds to the game of their choice, all of which would eventually be donated to the charity.
The unofficial winner of the Evo 2013 Breast Cancer Donation Drive, and the coveted 8th game slot at Evo 2013 goes to Super Smash Bros Melee— Joey Cuellar (@MrWizardSRK) February 1, 2013
According to Cuellar, the donations toppled $233,000. Over the next few weeks the organizers will be checking to see that all donations are legitimate before that announce the official winner of the donation drive.
Update: According to an update on Shoryuken from Evo founder Tom "inkblot" Cannon, Super Smash Bros. Melee for GameCube is confirmed as the eighth game to be featured at Evo 2013. The fighting game tournament's fundraising drive for breast cancer research attracted $225,744 in donations, Cannon wrote in an update.