Update: As a reward for picking up over $78,000 in donations, EVO will provide equipment and a $1,000 prize pool for a Skullgirls side-tournament. On top of that, from the top eight players on will be live-streamed on one of the main EVO streams.
Mike Z, lead designer of Skullgirls, offered these encouraging words to player prior to hearing about the Skullgirls side-tournament that would be held at the event.
Doubling down on eSports news today, as the EVO Championship Series 2013 Player's Choice donation drive has ended. The donation drive, which was set up for the community to decide on the eighth game played at the tournament, but with a twist -- only donations to charity counted as a vote. Ultimately, the drive raised over $230,000 for charity with the unofficial winner being Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Here were the unofficial donation amounts for the top 10 nominee at the end of the donation drive:
- Super Smash Bros. Melee - $92,544.44
- Skullgirls - $78,744.97
- Super Street Fighter II: Super Turbo - $39,567.56
- MLP, Fighting is Magic - $5,280.19
- Dead or Alive 5 - $1,900.69
- Guilty Gear XX, Accent Core Plus - $1,225.00
- Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale - $886.00
- Melty Blood: AACC - $683.99
- Divekick - $650.00
- Virtua Fighter 5 - $605.00
As you can see, it was mainly a competition between Super Smash Bros. Melee and Skullgirls, with the only other game to raise over $10,000 being Super Street Fighter II: Super Turbo. Of course, the donation amounts remain unofficial. Should any significant amount of donations be found fraudulent, perhaps the winner will change -- but that remains unlikely.
The EVO Championship Series 2013 will begin on July 12-14 and include eight tournaments, including Super Smash Bros. Melee as the winner of the Player's Choice donation drive. Other titles include Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat 9 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.