Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS Jointly Acquire the Evolution Championship Series


Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, which is the unit responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services, and RTS, a new venture born out of Endeavor’s esports business, have acquired the assets and properties of the Evolution Championship Series, the large fighting game event, from Triple Perfect, Inc., through a joint venture esports partnership.

As a result of the acquisition, Evo will be operated by the recently formed joint venture between SIE and RTS. Terms of this transaction including the acquisition cost and ownership split of the joint venture are not disclosed due to contractual commitments.

Through this new partnership, Tony and Tom Cannon, co-founders of Evo, will continue to be involved as key advisors to ensure that Evo remains a competitive platform for fighting game players and fans around the globe. This collaboration will propel Evo even further as the premier fighting game tournament and foster the continued growth of the competitive gaming community on all platforms.

Founded in 2002, The Evolution Championship Series (Evo) is returning this year as Evo Online, a fully online competition taking place August 6 – 8 and 13 – 15.

Entry will be free, and players in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America will be able to compete in BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s Tekken 7, Capcom’s Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Warner Bros. Games’ Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (only in North America, Europe and Latin America regions), and Arc System Works’ Guilty Gear™ -Strive- in an open format. Players in the following locations are eligible to participate: United States, Canada, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Western Russia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Led by CEO Stuart Saw, previously Endeavor’s SVP of Esports, RTS is a new esports venture backed by investors including global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor. With expertise spanning esports event management, brand and developer consulting and gaming talent management.