Unsure what the best title for this would be- but this idea popped into my head due to something this weekend.
I was wondering, on tournaments like EVO, how many new players do they bring into the community? It sometimes feels like the community does a lot of "preaching to the choir’- which is great, and needed some, but does it bring new players into the scene? Eventually, new blood is needed. One comment I did hear was “how do you get people to go to tournies if they feel they’re just going to get raped?” My idea would be to make an event out of it- moreso then the way EVO does.
I wondered if a gaming-fandom type con, that had full tournaments going on as well- would work, or would the two groups repel each other. Part of me wonders if the Wongs, Valles, and Chois of the world could stand being in the same place as say, cosplayers, and vice versa. Fannish activities would be encouraged. The hardcores would still have the tournies, and I figured with the larger crowd there due to the fannish activities, the tourney pools would be larger as well- and having one central location would make things more organized. There would also be panels on how to improve your game, so to speak, as well.
I’m just wondering if such a concept could work. I’m thinking no, but you never know. And no, I am not planning such a thing- since I’m not sure on the concept- but I thought it would be neat.