Due to some strict Evo rules, The Iron Giant, LeBron James, and a new MultiVersus stage are banned from this year’s professional gaming tournament.
One of the world’s largest professional gaming tournaments, Evo 2022 (aka Evolution Championship Series), welcomes Warner Bros. MultiVersus, but not without banning two popular characters and a fan-favorite stage. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and leadership shift, the popular annual fighting game tournament has been postponed and has seen some changes over the last couple of years. However, after Sony Interactive Entertainment officially purchased the esports event early last year, talented gamers worldwide are ready to battle in fighting game contests.
Professional gamers worldwide train countless hours with competitive fighting games in the hopes of winning some serious money at the annual Evo tournaments. Games featured at Evo 2022 like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, and others require players to pay a small fee that goes into a prize pool. This allows high-performing players to win a more significant percentage of the pot. Previous winners have earned up to thirty thousand dollars in prize money. However, this year’s newest fighting game, MultiVersus, made a monumental entrance at this year’s tournament with a $100,000 prize pool, but not without banning some of the game’s newest content.
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Official Evo 2022 rules for MultiVersus are banning any characters or maps released for the game after its open beta release, which includes The Iron Giant, LeBron James, and the newest Rick and Morty-themed Cromulons stage. As reported by Game Rant, the news undoubtedly disappoints talented players who are fans of the most recent MultiVersus content. The two characters and new stage will presumably be playable at next year’s tournament. Still, any new characters or levels released close to an Evo event are not allowed. This rule is in place so players and developers can iron out any performance or unbalanced issues with new content before thousands of dollars worth of prize money is at stake.
LeBron James And Iron Giant’s Multiversus Future
Since MultiVersus launched its open beta on July 19th, players are discovering which characters from the game’s current roster of 17 fighters require adjustments. Professional esport tournaments have made a habit of banning over-powered characters. New content, including the new playable fighter Morty from Adult Swim’s hit animated series Rick and Morty, was recently delayed so MultiVersus’ developers could work on balancing the game and improving the game’s questionable hitboxes.
With gaming becoming a much more mainstream hobby every year, professional esport events will continue to grow in both popularity and in how much players will be able to earn. The famous multiplayer fighter Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was surprisingly absent from Evo 2022, and MultiVersus seems determined to take its spot. If developers can provide new and exciting content for players and keep the game balanced, MultiVersus might be able to earn a long-term place in subsequent fighting game tournaments.
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MultiVersus is available on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC.
Source: Game Rant
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