I was thinking about how it’s kinda sad that pro players who then work for capcom are no longer allowed to compete because of the conflict of interest.
How about allowing them to play, but they are only allowed to pick characters that are universally considered bottom-tier or not viable. For example, combofiend could play at evo but could only pick characters like deejay or hugo.
Instead of a conflict of interest they would either prove everyone wrong that the characters are viable and balanced properly, or they would be incentivised to balance the game better. We would then end up with a better balanced game in the future.
It would also be kinda fun to see the developers try their hand in a tournament.
What do you think? Would it work?