Two amazing events for video games are happening this July, and here’s what you need to know.

EVO 2017

EVO

The biggest fighting game tournament of the year, Evo 2017 arrives this July. Players from around the world gather in one location to pit their skills against each other in an epic gauntlet of expertise, experience, and endurance. This year, the stage is set to Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Evolution Championship Series (Evo for short) 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.

This festival of fighting games has brought us so many memorable moments (you might want to lower your volume for these) such as the Download Complete moment from 2016, the What Are You Standing Up For? from 2015, and the iconic Evo Moment #37 from way back in 2004.

EVO Lineup

Evo 2017 will run from 14 Jul 2017 to 16 Jul 2017, and will feature these 9 fighting games:

  • Street Fighter 5
  • Tekken 7
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
  • Injustice 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Smash Bros. for WiiU
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction
  • The King of Fighters XIV
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

All of these tournaments will be running simultaneously in different streams, but you can catch the main stream here.

Summer Games Done Quick 2017

Summer Games Done Quick 2017

If you’ve never heard of the Games Done Quick events, you’re in for a treat. Summer Games Done Quick, or SGDQ, is the second major charity gaming event run by the folks at Games Done Quick.

Games Done Quick is a series of charity video game marathons. These events feature high-level gameplay by speedrunners raising money for charity. Games Done Quick has teamed up with several charities in its six-year history, including Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

The format is simple: players will speedrun games while viewers can donate to complete incentives. These incentives include optional objectives, additional titles to run, and even bid wars to determine the outcome of runs. Last year, SGDQ ran 177 games and raised almost 1.3 million USD for charity.

Halfcoordinated after his run

Aside from the amazing display of skill and mastery, these events are also known for some very emotional moments like this one from Momodora runner Halfcoordinated, who only has control of one of his hands (hence his name).

SGDQ will run from July 2 to 9, but you can find all of last year’s runs on their YouTube and Twitch channels. You can find the schedule for the entire event here, and you’ll be able to watch the entire event from their Twitch channel once it begins..

If you haven’t watched either of these events before, you might want to give it a try. They’re as much about the games as they are about the people playing them. There’s going to be a lot of drama, excitement, and a lot of amazing games. So get your snacks ready, and your energy drinks stocked; You’re in for a good show.