Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS Acquire Evolution Championship Series

Photo by Sony/EVO

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on the PlayStation Twitter account that it and new esports venture RTS acquired Evolution Championship Series.

"Today, we’re thrilled to announce the next chapter in the story of PlayStation and Evo, the world’s largest and longest-running fighting game tournament. Sony Interactive Entertainment has teamed up with RTS to acquire Evo through a joint venture partnership. With expertise spanning esports event management, brand and developer consulting and gaming talent management, RTS is a new venture led by CEO Stuart Saw and backed by investors including global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor," Sony said in a blog post.

According to the blog post, Evo co-founders Tom and Tony Cannon remain on in advisory roles.

Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS Acquire Evolution Championship Series

Evo is a major fighting game event featuring multiple titles and numerous competitors battling it out for the prestigious trophies for each title.

Sony announced in the blog post that Evo returns this year as Evo Online. The event takes place Aug. 6-8 and 13-15 featuring the following titles:

  • Tekken 7
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate Edition
  • Guilty Gear -strive-

"Our collective team is laser-focused on one mission: preserving the authenticity of Evo for the fighting game community and finding creative ways, alongside our fans, to grow the tournament and make its events and broadcasts more fun, engaging and accessible than ever. At its core, Evo will remain what it has always been: an open-format competition that gives fighting game fans from different countries a chance to connect, test their skills, and forge new friendships," Sony said.

For more information on the acquisition, check out the official blog post.