I Watched the World’s Biggest Fighting Game Event at an eSports Bar

Competitive gamers from around the world were in Las Vegas over the weekend for the Evolution Championship Series (EVO), the biggest fighting game tournament in the world, competing in titles like Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct and Street Fighter V.

On Saturday, I found myself slouched over a barstool at The Blurry Pixel in the Canadian capital of Ottawa—an eSports bar that’s staking its future on competitive gaming.

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