EVO 2016 sees higher viewership on Twitch than on ESPN2

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The television ratings for EVO 2016 on ESPN2 are in, and despite being broadcast on the largest sports network in the world, it was not enough to surpass EVO's Twitch viewership.

EVO 2016 averaged 201,000 viewers on ESPN2. On Twitch, Street Fighter V reached a peak viewership of 208,496. By comparison, the Montreal Impact vs. New York City FC match, which aired on July 17 at 5 p.m. EST on ESPN averaged 322,000 viewers.

Street Fighter V was also not the most popular game streamed on Twitch at EVO 2016, with Super Smash Bros. Melee having a peak Twitch viewership of 232,900 viewers.

This is the first year that EVO has been broadcast on television, though ESPN2's coverage focused solely on Street Fighter V. This is not the first time that ESPN2 has broadcast an esports event, having broadcast Heroes of the Dorm for the past two years. In 2015, Heroes of the Dorm secured a 0.1 Nielsen rating, which translates to 96,000 total viewers.

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ESPN is also not the only network to broadcast esports. TBS' ELEAGUE averaged 509,000 total viewers in its first week on Friday.

EVO 2016 was both the largest Street Fighter V tournament and largest fighting game tournament in history, with 5,107 total entrants.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Ed Boon on a possible Street Fighter Mortal Kombat crossover: 'I'd have to entertain it'

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Mortal Kombat producer Ed Boon says he's open to the possibility of a Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter crossover game, and if Capcom called him up, he'd "have to entertain it."

Boon told IGN's Ryan McCafree that there would be some difficulties with making a game for both audiences, since the two games are so different.

"There part of me that's like, that would be such a cool dream, and then there' another part of me that says there's no way it would satisfy everybody," Boon said. "Even if we said it's rated M so we could tear Ryu's head off, I think that the games play so different, there's different pacing, different fundamentals."

"There's something...it's hard to put your finger on, one of the licenses is going to have to sacrifice something, and I don't know if we'd be able to find that sweet spot."

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Nemo, Bonchan, Mister Crimson, Infexious invited to Red Bull Kumite

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Red Bull Kumite returns for 2017; Tokido, Xiao Hai, PR Balrog and RB receive first invites

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Red Bull Kumite will return for 2017 and take place May 27-28 at the Salle Wagram auditorium in Paris, the organization announced Monday.

The tournament, notorious for the cage-match setup, will hold a 256-player open qualifier on the first day and the Kumite proper on the second. The dates for the event are set almost a full month later than Red Bull initially announcement in October of last year.

The first invitees to the tournament are Taniguchi "Tokido" Hajime, Zhuojun “Xiao Hai” Zeng, Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez and Arubi “RB” Kao. These four players represent the extremes of experience at Kumite: Tokido has fought his way to the grand finals twice, while RB has yet to enter the cage.

Lee "Infiltration" Seonwoo emerged victorious at Kumite 2016, defeating Tokido in the grand finals. He also defeated Masato "Bonchan" Takahashi, Adel "Big Bird" Anouche and Bruce "GamerBee" Hsiang in his path to the win.

The event's new dates put it at odds with Combo Breaker, which is set to run May 26-28 in St. Charles, Illinois. Though Combo Breaker has been a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event since 2015, it was upgraded to a premier event for 2017.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.

Kolin comes to Street Fighter V on Feb. 28, balance patch in early March

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Gil's assistant and noted Russian with a bad accent Kolin is the second Season 2 character coming to Street Fighter V, and will be released on Feb. 28.

Also coming down the pipe is a balance patch in early March, which is likely meant to fix some of the over-corrections made in the Season 2 patch in January. Capcom also confirmed that a new Season 2 character will be coming out every other month beginning in with Kolin in February.

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 finishes first in EVO players' choice fundraiser

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has finished the EVO 2017 players' choice fundraiser in first place after raising $71,690 for the Make a Wish Foundation over two weeks.

EVO organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar called Marvel the "unofficial" winner of the fundraiser, as all donations have to clear before the decision is official.

When the eight EVO games were announced in January, the tournament organizers reserved a ninth spot for the winner of a fundraising drive which included UMvC3, Pokken, Windjammers, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Nidhogg, Killer Instinct, ARMS, Skullgirls and Mortal Kombat XL. After the first week of donations, it was clear that Marvel and Pokken were the front runners.

Going into the last 10 minutes of the donation race, both games had cracked $50,000, with fans continuously donating every second to push their game over the top. Both games broke $60,000, but Pokken couldn't quite keep up as Marvel passed $70,000 with just a minute to go.

Marvel raised $71,690 across 1,487 donors, while Pokken raised $66,906 across 744 donors. Killer Instinct came in a distant third with $6,116 from 159 donors. All money raised from all eight players' choice games will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Should UMvC3 be the official ninth game, it will receive a $10,000 pot bonus from EVO and have the game featured on the Sunday stage in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, where last year's Marvel grand finals were held. As recognition for the Pokken community's impressive push to get the game into EVO, the orgnization will put an additional $10,000 to supporting Pokken tournaments in 2017.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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