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Evo Japan 2018: Where and when to watch

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Inaugural fighting game tournament takes place in Tokyo this weekend

ESports: EVO Championship Series Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports

Preeminent fighting game tournament Evo, aka the Evolution Championship Series, will hold its first major event in Japan this weekend. Evo Japan 2018 will take place Jan. 26-28 at the Sunshine City complex in Tokyo, and you can watch the action live on Twitch.

Evo Japan 2018 starts at 9 a.m. JST on Friday, Jan. 26. (That’s 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 25, for viewers in North America.) Each day of the tournament starts at the same time. Most of the action will be broadcast in English on the official Evo Twitch channel, while a lot of the Street Fighter 5 matches — specifically the early pools and semifinals fights — will be streamed on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel. Viewers can also watch Japanese-language streams on the official Evo Japan OpenRec channel.

Seven games will be featured during Evo Japan 2018’s main tournament: Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, The King of Fighters 14, Arms, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Here’s a rundown of the schedule, with all times listed in JST. (And here’s a link to the handy time zone converter so you can find out when everything is happening in your neck of the woods.)

Friday, Jan. 26

  • 9 a.m. - Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters 14, Arms, BlazBlue round 1 pools
  • 12 p.m. - Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters 14, Arms, BlazBlue round 1 pools
  • 3 p.m. - Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters 14, Arms, BlazBlue round 2 pools
  • 6 p.m. - Street Fighter 5 pools, Arms finals, King of Fighters 14 semifinals, BlazBlue semifinals

Saturday, Jan. 27

  • 9 a.m. - Street Fighter 5 round 3 pools; Guilty Gear, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. round 1 pools
  • 11 a.m. - Street Fighter 5 round 3 pools; Guilty Gear, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. round 1 pools; King of Fighters 14 finals
  • 3 p.m. - Street Fighter 5 semifinals; Guilty Gear, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. round 2 pools; BlazBlue finals
  • 5 p.m. - Street Fighter 5 semifinals; Guilty Gear, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. round 2 pools; Pokkén Tournament finals
  • 6 p.m. - Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. semifinals

Sunday, Jan. 28

  • 9 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. finals
  • 11 a.m. - Tekken 7 finals
  • 2 p.m. - Guilty Gear finals
  • 5 p.m. - Street Fighter 5 finals

And here’s the full schedule in image form, via the Evo Japan Twitter account.

Evo Japan 2018 schedule Evo Japan/Twitter