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ESPNU and Disney XD will simulcast the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Final live from the Evolution Championship Series (Evo 2017) from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 16. In addition to this event being the first time ESPN has aired a live Nintendo game tournament on its platforms, this will also mark the first time Disney XD has ever aired live programming on its network. The esports action will continue later on ESPN2, as the network will televise the Street Fighter® V World Championship Final on July 16 at 10 p.m., as previously announced.
Evo 2017 is scheduled to take place July 14-16 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In addition to Street Fighter® V by Capcom and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, games taking place at this year’s event include Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, The King of Fighters XIV, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The official Evo 2017 trailer can be found here.
About ESPN and esports
ESPN has a long history of delivering live programming, coverage and content to esports fans. In February 2017, the network delivered the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series across ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3. In 2016, ESPN2 aired the Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter V Final in December, the Street Fighter V World Championship in July, and the Madden NFL 16 Championship from EA Play in June. In addition, ESPN X Games teamed up with Xbox to bring Halo 5: Guardians to X Games Aspen 2016, as part of the Halo World Championship Tour. Previously, ESPN3 carried live coverage of BlizzCon and The International Dota 2 Championships in 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2014 League of Legends tournament. The network also previously delivered exclusive live coverage of Heroes of the Dorm in 2015 and 2016, with the final airing live on ESPN2, and the 2015 tournament being the first ever live, televised coverage of a collegiate esports event for ESPN.
The Evolution Championship Series (Evo) represents the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world. Evo brings together the best of the best from around the world in a dazzling exhibition of skill and fun, as players and fans gather to honor the competitive spirit in an open format and determine a champion. Our tournaments are about more than just winning. Evo is open to anyone, feature stations available for relaxed free play, and offer unique opportunities to meet people from different countries and different walks of life who share your passion. Established champions face off against unknown newcomers, and new rivals that might have only talked or fought online meet up and become old friends.