Evolution 2015, or simply EVO 2015, was the 14th edition of the Evolution Championship Series, a fighting game tournament held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, which took place on July 17th to 19th, 2015 at the Bally's Las Vegas / Paris Las Vegas Casino. It featured Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U singles, as well as a Melee doubles side-event.
EVO 2015 currently stands as the second largest Melee and Smash 4 tournament to date, with 1,926 entrants for Smash 4, 1,869 entrants for Melee, and 3,284 unique players across both games. Contrary to expectations that there would be a large overlap on the player base for both games, Joey Cuellar, EVO's tournament director, confirmed that only 517 players entered both games, an overlap of only 16%.
EVO 2015 allowed custom special moves in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U by utilizing the Official Custom Moveset Project, and was notably the last major tournament to use the project. Furthermore, several of the game's DLC characters, Lucas, Roy, and Ryu, were not allowed due to their then-recent release.
Official game lineup
The official game lineup for EVO 2015 was announced on January 20th, by Joey Cuellar, during a live stream on Twitch.tv, with Mike Ross as host. Notably for this year's edition was the inclusion of two Smash games on the official lineup, for the first time, with the return of Super Smash Bros. Melee alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The decision to include both games was made after continued interest in Melee was noted by the staff, following the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, with the record breaking numbers for Apex 2015.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Melee singles
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U singles
Super Smash Bros. Melee doubles
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U doubles
Due to time constraints, the tournament was stopped at top 16, and all of the respective teams were paid out equally.
Smash Wii U East Coast vs. West Coast crew battle
Melee Tristate vs. MD/VA crew battle
The Salty Suite was run by VGBootCamp during the after hours of Saturday, and featured various money matches and other exhibition sets.