For those who dont know, Im a member of the Global Gaming League (GGL). GGL is run by gamers, for gamers, and is a fairly prestigious league.
GGL has run several top level international events such as the Americup and the Eurocup spanning several PC games. We have hosted transatlantic world finals between nations, sent players to exhibition matches at E3, and run large events such as digital life showcasing competitive players, along side movie and music stars.
Some GGL members grew up on coin-up fighters; understand how competitive the scene is, and that it started some of the first true programmers. However recently the scene has lost its place to PC games and doesnt really have any representation in the larger professional leagues.
Im hoping to change all of that now. Ive been talking in email and over the phone with one of the head members of GGL; Jason Carlton, our Director of Community and Gaming. Jason started off his competitive career in Street Fighter, and is a former professional Quake player.
We would like to start off covering local Street Fighter events, and players. Im going to start in the Washington DC area with x3os tournament to sponsor players to EVO. These will then be covered through us, eventually turning into a breakout piece of the front page of our website on the fighting game community to help integrate it along side pro PC gaming.
From there we hope to cover larger fighting events. GGL has some of the best broadcasters in the gaming industry who are requested by WCG, CPL and other top organizations, and hosts video feed and match downloads. We would like to include 2d fighting games in this, including giving them streaming broadcasts, and media distribution.
If all goes well down the line we would be interested in sponsoring, and hosting a 2d fighting tournament, for cash prizes, much like we currently do with PC gaming. If all goes well we would enjoy having our main events also host 2d fighters with the best players in the world.
But we cant do this without you. I need some basic information to build off of from your perspective.
For starters I need a list of the best players at the x3o event to interview. We also need feedback on why the fighting game scene is so great, and why it should be included with PC gaming as a truly professional support.
We also need to know if we host a tournament what kind of support is needed to make it at minimum the gold standard the community looks to today, and how you would like it run. Be it hardware (we do have the ability to supply cabinets), media coverage, whatever.
Any an all input is appreciated as I have a conference call in the near future to help push this forward. If anybody needs contact information from the GGL or has requests Id prefer it was done in this thread, or if its important enough email me via the forums.
Please take a look around our site www.ggl.com and get familiar with how other things look so you have an idea what to ask for.
I will update this thread as I recieve news from above on where we stand and where things are moving.