EVO has a new general manager

EVO announces that Rick ‘TheHadou’ Thiher will join the iconic tournament circuit as the new GM.


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Few names in the competitive fighting game circuit have become as iconic in the gaming industry as the Evolution Championship Series, or EVO for short. The 25-year-old fighting games circuit has become one of the most recognizable names in esports, hosting annual tournaments featuring several games of street fighter at Super Smash Bros And much more. As the popular tournament series looks to return to in-person events after hosting a virtual event this year and no events in 2020, EVO recently announced a major change in its management by 2022.

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From its roots as a regional fighting game circuit for street fighter by the end of the 90s, EVO had grown into a large-scale event attracting professional players from all over the world looking to compete at the highest level. EVO often runs the games with the entry of each year and has featured some of the most popular modern fighting games like Street Fighter and Tekken and even expand to more specialized titles like Skull Girls and BlazBlue. Now the leading fighting games tournament has announced that Rick “TheHadou” Thiher, formerly of Twitch and Red Bull, has joined the new CEO of EVO.


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Thiher previously worked for Twitch and Red Bull and currently serves as the Event Director for the Combo Breaker community convention series, a role he will retain after joining EVO. The new circuit general manager expressed his optimism for the future of EVO, expressing his personal desire to achieve the “idyllic vision” that many fans have of EVO’s potential. In his own announcement, Thiher strived to bring the competitive circuit to an “undiscovered audience” and help strengthen the legacy of the tournament for years to come.


Thiher’s addition to EVO’s management comes shortly after one of the most significant changes in tournament series history, as Sony acquired the legendary competitive series in March 2021. The acquisition by Sony has followed a controversial 2020 year for the popular pro tour, with EVO being forced to cancel its 2020 tournament due to the ongoing pandemic and serious charges of sexual misconduct against former EVO chairman Joey Cuellar .

EVO’s return to in-person events will likely miss one of the circuit’s most popular games in Super Smash Bros. for its 2022 event in Las Vegas. Fans were skeptical of the franchise’s future with EVO after it was acquired by one of its main competitors, Sony, and Nintendo recently partnered with Panda Global to launch an officially licensed tournament circuit for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Even without Smash In attendance, EVO’s return to live events appears to be on track with Thiher and Sony at the helm and the iconic tournament circuit will look to build on its success going forward.


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