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During TGS 2016, the people at the EVO Championship Series announced the first-ever EVO Japan is scheduled for January 2018.
Even though there isn’t a specific date, the people at EVO is giving ample time to organizers to plan the event with Japanese game communities devoted to fighting games to lay out the format for the tournament and to select interesting titles. Local leagues Topanga and Godsgarden have partnered with EVO Japan to plan the tournament.
EVO Japan was first announced during EVO in Las Vegas earlier this year. Also, EVO Japan LLC was registered in Japan last week.
The month of January 2018 in Japan makes sense because the main EVO event in the US takes place in July, giving enough time to organize both events.
The secret is out! Evo Japan coming early 2018! Get hype! #EvoJapan
— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) September 15, 2016
— EVO (@EVO) September 15, 2016
[Sources]: Shoryuken: The First-Ever Evo Jpan Has Been Scheduled for January 2018; Polygon: First Evo Japan tournament set for January 2018; @EVOJapanNews (Twitter).