And seriously, if you weren't in this tournament, why even go when you can watch on stream? While it's cool to be in the audience at a tournament playing IN the tournament is still the defining trait
of the competitive fighting game community; otherwise stream that shit.
I don't know. Why don't you ask the 50,000+ people who attended the World Finals for LoL? I'm sure that the people who go there want to be a part of the environment or to hang out with friends while watching the action. You can't compare the feeling of being in person versus watching it at home. Obviously to be in the tournament is a whole different ball park, but people like being spectators, especially in this booming esports scene.
World finals of? Oh a game that's 10000000000 times more popular with a longer history of MvCI?
Lets compare it to every NBA game while we're at it. It's also a WAY different platform and if you want to be clever.
Take the amount of LoL players, then find out what percentage attended versus play the game. Now look at MvCI, it's pretty similar especially for a final with
hardly any advertisement. Shit, it may be better!
Me using LoL was in relation to you wondering why people would even go to the tournament versus watching on stream, which is silly. Secondly, if you want a game that's similar to MvCI and it's Battle for the Stones event, how about Tekken 7's World Tour that happened last month? Both released this year. Both have/had a finals tournament event within the first 4 months of the game's release. Tekken 7's was largely successful. SoCal Regions, Canada Cup, Red Bull Proving Grounds, and SEA Major are not small tournament events. They had BftS advertisement. With the trailer and build up they tried to generate by appointing stones to the winners, I'm sure a majority of the people who watched MvCI were aware of the event.
BftS is being snuffed out this weekend. It's purpose was to be an event that could generate hype for season 2 and remind people that Capcom is still pushing for this game, but it's been nothing more than a quick blip. It feels like Sunday morning EVO finals day where you're like, "Oh, it's 11AM and *insert game* is on? Just let me know when SF starts". Like Deviljin said, let's see if they reveal something but I'm not terribly surprised by the lack of stream numbers and overall attendance for the event.