The military branch is increasing its eSports involvement with the upcoming tournament
The date still depends on how the coronavirus pandemic develops in the following months, but, if everything goes well, the 2020 Evolution Championship Series (EVO) will take place from July 21 to August 2. For this event held in Las Vegas, the United States Air Force (USAF) wants to bring its A-game and started recruiting Airmen on active duty to take part in the team representing the military force. Some of the skills developed by these men, such as hand/eye coordination, are important for this competition, which is what the 2020 Air Force Esports team is looking for in the future members of the team.
For those who are interested in taking a chance on the team, there will be a virtual trial and selection camp scheduled to take place from May 26 to June 5. After that event, the selected participants will be joining a training camp running from July 20 through July 29. All applications must be submitted via the sports application tracking system (APPTRAC). This new form is the latest version that replaced the Air Force Form 303 request for specialized sports training, and includes all-Air Force sports and Headquarters Air Command programs. Video games are becoming more relevant in the US military, not only as a training tool but also as a recruiting tool to attract new blood to the organization.
The EVO championship is a fighting game tournament focused on several popular fighting video games such as Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros., Ultimate, Dragonball FighterZ and Soulcalibur VI. This fighting eSports tournament has been running for an exceptionally long time, and is the longest one dedicated to fighting video games.