Well, that’s another Evo in the books. This year presented a ton of new challenges for the team: more players, new technical challenges with HD games, more things going on at once on the floor, etc, etc. Evo literally could not have happened without the heros below:
My thee partners in crime: MrWizard, Ponder, and S-kill. Wiz once again came through with a fantastic facility at the Rio and did the 1000 little things that no one sees but have to happen to pull off a great event. Ponder did the unprecedented by running most of a 1050 man double-elimination tournament in one day while simultaneously running several other tournaments. S-kill is quite simply the best Street Fighter commentator on the planet, and brought the hype all weekend long, this year sending it out to the whole Internet via our stream.
Remaining Evo Staff: James Chen, ShinJn, SicDic, Rob Ingram, tragic, etc. etc. These guys give up a large part of their Evo weekend to help us put on a good show, and always come through. If I’m forgetting anyone it’s only because I’m sleep deprived. Forgive me.
Volunteer judges: These guys donated a ton of their time to ensure that our tournaments finished on time. They attended a training session Thursday night then worked for 6 hours straight without food doing what’s basically a thankless job. You guys rocked it out.
Stream commentators: Big shoutout for Keits for managing the commentators all weekend long, and thanks to the rest of the commentators. It’s not easy to put yourself out there in front of everyone. It wasn’t perfect, but you guys did a fantastic job and I know we learned a lot.
**Fighting game fans: ** Finally a huge shoutout to all the players, spectators, and SF fans for being the most hype gaming community on the planet. Sunday night we filled a 22,000 sq. ft room to standing room only with people flowing out the doors. Most of those people in that room were players who really had no shot at winning the tournament, but flew out on their own dime to compete and play with other folks who just love Street Fighter. I could be wrong, but I doubt you’ll see that level of commitment and passion from any other game community anywhere on the planet, bar NONE. Let’s keep it going.
**Misc shoutouts: ** Sanford for finally winning MvC2 and showing everyone what’s up with Cammy, Sabre, Jibbo, and DaggerG for rocking the SF4 low tier, Dogface, Getyourtournament.com folks and anyone else who covered the event, DJWheat for tips on the stream, Tomo (stay in school kids), Evo Pimp, Starbucks Coffee, non-shoutout to Southwest Airlines for delaying my return trip by 2 hours.
I think that’s it. I’m going back to sleep…