It's the biggest fighting game tournament in North America, if not the world. EVO Championship Series 2013 has begun. Nine double elimination tournaments, three concurrently running streams, three days of video game shenanigans, it's all beyond epic. Make sure to check out the event website for links to all three streams, and the full schedule so you don't lose track of your favorite games.
Today's events focus mostly on pool play, dwindling down the participants in preparation for both Winners and Losers Brackets later this weekend. Headlining today's livestream coverage will be pool play from the Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat 9, and Super Smash Bros. Melee tournaments. However, a couple of side tournaments will be featured on-stream this afternoon. Tune in to Tekken Tag Tournament 2's finals at 2PM PST and Persona 4 Arena's finals at 4PM PST.
There are only a handful of events I enjoy watching each year as much as I love EVO. It's not just the outstanding high level of play, but the fact that the building is full of gamers who know these games inside and out. There's no fan-base as dedicated as the fighting game community, despite its flaws. Every fight is full of gasps, shouts, screams and cheers. It's... well, it's worth going out of your way to experience.
EVO is running all weekend long. If you've only got time for one day, make it Sunday when most of the tournaments will be holding their finals. It will be beyond epic.