The consoles used in the main tournaments have been changed from PlayStation®4 to PlayStation®4 Pro.
The rules below are designed to ensure fair and smooth progress in the
tournament. Unexpected situations may require special attention. Therefore,
these tournament rules are subject to change without notice. Also, if the
rules for individual titles conflict with the tournament's common rules,
individual titles take precedence.
All personal information registered at the time of entry, including player
name, age, and a portrait of the participant will be used for the purpose
of tournament management and publicity.
During and after the tournament, the EVO Japan 2023 Executive Committee,
tournament officials, and various media may take images and videos of
participants, which may appear on websites, promotional materials, print
media, and various media including broadcasts. Participants consent to
this by entering the tournament.
Tournament participants must be at least 13 years old on the day of the
tournament. If the participant is under 18 years of age, written consent
from a parent or guardian is required. However, for THE KING OF FIGHTERS
XV, MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA and TEKKEN 7, participants must be at least
15 years old on the day of the tournament.
EVO Japan 2023 Participation Agreement for Contestants under 18 years old.PDF
Top 8 players need to make a contact with event host about perfrmance agreement.
Tournament schedules for each title and registration details will be
announced at a later date.
Please bring your own controller.
We plan to have a small number of arcade controllers available for loan,
but please note that the number is limited.
We will take a copy of your ID when lending out controllers.
The flow of the tournament day
At the registration desk located in front of the entrance to the Tokyo Big
Sight South Exhibition Halls 1 and 2, please pick up a pass for each title
and enter your name and entry number. Please be sure to carry your valid
ID (passport, driver's license, student ID, residence card, etc.) and the
confirmation email you received when you registered on start.gg with you
during the convention. Please confirm the convention rules and regulations
Details regarding registration on the day of the event will be announced
at a later date.
EVO Japan 2023 Tournament Format
"The tournament will be a double elimination format. In the Grand Final, the
winners of the Winner's Bracket and the winners of the Looser's Bracket will
play each other. Players in the Winners Bracket need to win once to win the
tournament, while players in the Losers Bracket need to win twice to win
the tournament. The initial placement of the tournament will be adjusted so
that players from the same region can play each other.
What is Double Elimination?
Each player starts in the Winner's Bracket, and once they lose, they move
to the Loser's Bracket. If they lose there, they will be eliminated.
Move to the designated pool by the designated time and call out to the
Selection of Playing Side
In the tournament table, the player listed at the top will be the 1P side
and the player listed at the bottom will be the 2P side (unless both
Before the start of the match, please inform the judges of the character
you will be using. If you do not want your opponent to know which character you are using, you can ask the judge for a blind pick.
If you want to check the operation of your device, please notify a judge.
Button checks and lever checks without a request may be considered as a
During a match, the player who won the previous match may continue to use
the same character. Players who lost the previous match may change
The game will end when either player wins the specified number of
After the match, both players should report/confirm the result to the
judges. Players who have another match to play should stay in the pool as
long as possible. If you leave, be sure to let the judges know when you
If a player is late, he or she will be eliminated from the tournament.
Even if you are eliminated from the Winner's side, you can still
participate from the Loser's side.
Please check the meeting time from the Event Schedule on
Unless otherwise specified in the additional rules for each title, all
games will be played using the latest version of the game at the time of
the event, with default settings.
- You can freely change the in-game controller settings.
The use of macro functions on the controller, including continuous fire,
If a game is interrupted due to a pause, PS button, or controller trouble,
the player who interrupted the game loses the round.
In the event of unforeseen trouble, the game will be resumed after
recreating the situation as much as possible.
- The next set shall start within 60 seconds after the end of a set.
In the event of a draw game, the match will be replayed under the same
Only DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controllers for PlayStation®4 can be used.
However, failure to deactivate the pairing immediately after the match will
result in disqualification.
Converters manufactured by Brook may be used. "Cronus Max Plus" and "Titan One" are prohibited.
Non-genuine controllers, including those of your own design, may be used.
However, wiring multiple switches on the board is prohibited (please make
sure that your controller works with PlayStation®4 before you bring it to the event.
EVO Japan will not provide any guarantees if your controller does not work
Legacy and arcade controllers may be available. However, EVO Japan makes no
warranty if the controller does not work with PlayStation®4.
The referee may check the function of the controller at the discretion of the Management Office.