I stopped playing fighting games some time in 2012 although I've been loosely following tournaments and the pro scene in general the whole time. I'm coming back a bit because I got into Tekken 7 and wanted to finish some arcade sticks I've been working on for a long time. Coming back now I got this major vibe that the community died a long time ago and is just the niche hardcores left. Seems like most of the tech innovation stopped 4 years ago, new designs, new parts, etc. I don't see many noobs around, don't see a lot of activity in general honestly.
I looked up trends to see if this was just a feeling or actually truthful, here is the google trends for SRK since 2004.
What on earth happened here?