Evolution 2013, or simply EVO 2013, was the 12th edition of the Evolution Championship Series, a fighting game tournament held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, which took place on July 12th to 14th, 2013, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. It was the largest Smash tournament of 2013 and broke the record for the largest Smash tournament at the time, with 709 entrants for Super Smash Bros. Melee. EVO 2013 also had twice the entrants as the previous largest Melee tournament, Pound 4.
Originally, Melee was not to be a featured game at EVO. However, when looking for an 8th game to add to the roster, the EVO staff held a donation drive for breast cancer research, wherein the game community that donated the most money to the drive would have their game featured as an official game at EVO. Although there was stiff competition from the Skullgirls community, a massive push from the Melee It On Me podcast staff resulted in the Smash community raising nearly $95,000 by the final day of the donation drive.
The tournament is now known as a landmark event and a major turning point in Melee history. It marked the beginning of an explosive rise in the game's popularity, and ushered in an era that featured significantly increased turnout and more new tournaments hosted than ever before. EVO marked the beginning of the Platinum Age, in which Melee transitioned from a largely grassroots scene to a more professional "eSport."
A particular event that sparked outrage among the entire gaming community was when Nintendo attempted to block streaming for Melee at EVO a few days before the tournament was set to begin. However, because of extreme community backlash, Nintendo retracted the ban hours later. It was later revealed that Nintendo had also attempted to shut down the Melee portion of the tournament altogether.
However, the tournament proceeded, and Melee joined such games as Super Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the main stage. For commentary on the main stage, Prog was joined by famed Street Fighter commentator James Chen.
Official Game Lineup
Singles stage list
Melee doubles (side event)