This might sound a little conspiracy-nutty but considering KOF was indisputably EVO2012’s most hype grand finals, seeing it knocked down to 10 AM when the venue won’t even be half full seems like protectionism of Capcom games and/or favortism of companies with the most cash. Injustice, a game that hasn’t really yet proven itself as a quality tournament game, is given a preferential timeslot over KOF. Smash is given a better timeslot.
Granted, both these games have bigger turnouts than KOF, but KOF still got nearly 500 people and has a proven track record of being an excellent tourney game that delivers insane hype.
My respect for EVO has been declining these past few years as I see more and more of its decision making process governed by cash rather than supporting games that require more skill/brain power. It’s like replacing chess with checkers, then eventually checkers with hungry hungry hippos.
I suppose it’s the natural EVOlution (hur) of casualized markets. For me as someone that respects the skill, intellect and sport of FGs, it’s very disappointing.