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Dragon Ball FighterZ is the most popular game at Evo 2018

Arc System Works’ Dragon Ball fighting game draws big numbers

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is officially the most popular game at this year’s Evo fighting game tournament, according to Evolution Championship Series co-founder Joey Cuellar. Arc System Works and Bandai Namco’s anime fighting game has 2,575 registered entrants, Cuellar said on Twitter.

That’s more than Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, which has 2,484 registered entrants, according to Cuellar. Typically, Capcom’s Street Fighter games draw the highest number of players at Evo, but Arc System Works’ popular, well-received fighter outpaced it this year.

Cuellar indicated in April that Dragon Ball FighterZ was drawing a large crowd at Evo 2018, saying that the game had a “big lead” over its closest competitor.

Tekken 7 is the third most popular game at Evo 2018, with 1,538 registered players. That’s followed by Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee, which had almost identical numbers (1,354 and 1,351 players, respectively).

Here’s the full list of games at Evo 2018 and the number of competitors for each.

Compared to last year’s numbers, Street Fighter 5 saw a moderate decline (the game had 2,622 registered players at Evo 2017), while interest in Tekken 7 was up (from 1,278 at Evo 2017). Both Super Smash Bros. games were down compared to last year.

Evo 2018 will take place Aug. 3-5 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Update: After this story was originally published, Evo organizers reopened player registration, citing confusion about the deadline for registration. Cuellar then posted updated player registration numbers. This post has been updated to reflect those new figures.

The official Evo account also posted details about the number of competitors and fans heading to Evo 2018, which show an increase in interest for this year’s major fighting game tournament.

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