I didn’t see a thread for it.
Who’s going to suck it up and participate? It would be cool to adopt a similar mindset as the ST guys:
I definitely encourage you guys to get involved in this and take heed carefully because it’s not the time to be elitist about it, even if you prefer HDR or want to try and stand there to explain what a “safe jump” is to some employee.
Just the opposite in fact. There was a GameStop chain store tournament campaign for sf4 some years back, and you had to play on the regular controller or whatever, but that exposed our FGC scene to a ridiculous number of people that would not otherwise have even heard about us and what we do. I heard about N0M4D that way, who plays FPS’es competitively, who showed up and, let’s just say, he made every one stop whining and crying about the standard controller restriction. If you want to grow the scene, this seems like a fantastic way to get similar exposure and recruit the next generation. You can’t expect Kurropi’s Tournament of Legends or anything close but that misses the potential gains and we can’t take it for granite. If you can make it out to one or more of the qualifiers, please represent us well and chat it up a bit with the people who show up and make sure they know about EVO and the ST scene, and how to get involved while you guys are waiting around. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie but maybe some small paper/cards with links to ToL footage or something like that could go a long way. Certainly no need to go overboard with it, let Capcom do their promotions etc. I know not everyone is so social with the schmoozing but if breaking the ice comes naturally for you I think the effort could have big gains.
If Japan isn’t involved, my guess/speculation is that it just has to do with legal issues involving the music or something like that. And while Capcom might benefit from hdr promotions in Japan, they probably get much more bang for the buck in the US and these other countries.
Capcom is picking up the bill too. This is a good faith effort to help build up our community and lend the official Capcom name in the process. Let’s show some appreciation and make the most of it.
This should be seen as an opportunity to take advantage of and help give exposure to 3S and the US 3S scene.
Registration page and list of all tournaments w/ dates and rules