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Evo 2018: How to watch the year’s biggest fighting game tournament

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Schedule, start times and livestreams for this year’s Evo

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The Evolution Championship Series, better known as Evo, takes place this weekend in Las Vegas, from Friday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 5. Thousands of competitors will battle each other in dozens of fighting games, but only eight titles are featured as part of the official Evo 2018 lineup.

Those eight games — Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and Injustice 2 — will be livestreamed across eight official Evo channels and Capcom’s official Capcom Fighters channel on Twitch. Two upoming games, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Soulcalibur 6, will be featured in official exhibitions on the main Evo Twitch channel.

The most popular game at Evo 2018 is Dragon Ball FighterZ, which drew in more players this year than Street Fighter 5, typically the marquee fighting game franchise at the tournament. Street Fighter 5 will still close out Evo 2018 as the closing game of Sunday’s grand finals, however.

Here’s the official tournament schedule for Evo 2018 (all times listed in PDT):

Friday, Aug. 3 — Evo Day One

8 a.m. — Street Fighter 5 pools (round 1), Dragon Ball FighterZ pools (round 1), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U pools (round 1), Super Smash Bros. Melee pools (round 1), BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle pools (round 1), Injustice 2 pools (round 1)

2 p.m. — Injustice 2 semifinals

4 p.m. — Tekken 7 pools (round 1), BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle pools (round 2)

8 p.m. — BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle semifinals

Saturday, Aug. 4 — Evo Day Two

8 a.m. — Super Smash Bros. Melee pools (round 2), Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 pools (round 1)

12 p.m. — Injustice 2 finals, Street Fighter 5 pools (round 2), Dragon Ball FighterZ pools (round 2), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U semifinals, Super Smash Bros. Melee semifinals

4 p.m. — BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle finals, Street Fighter 5 semifinals, Dragon Ball FighterZ semifinals, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U semifinals, Tekken 7 pools (round 2), Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 quarterfinals

6 p.m. — Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 semifinals

8 p.m. — Super Smash Bros. for Wii U finals, Tekken 7 semifinals

Sunday, Aug. 5 — Evo Day Three

8 a.m. — Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 finals

10:30 a.m. — Super Smash Bros. Melee finals

1:30 p.m. — Tekken 7 finals

4 p.m. — Dragon Ball FighterZ finals

7:30 p.m. — Street Fighter 5 finals

Here’s another look at the official Evo 2018 streaming schedule, courtesy of the tournament’s organizers:

If you’re looking for something else, Evo 2018 probably has that too. Side events for games like Pokkén Tournament, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Ultra Street Fighter 4 will take place at Evo, and some of those games will be featured on official streams on Friday and Saturday.