This event needs to be televised.
Seth Killian was an amazing play by play commentator. He was able to break down what was happening on screen and what the players were thinking without missing a beat. Even deep into a three day tournament he maintained his energy and hype. It was so much better than listening to slasher and gootecks’ awkward banter at SBO quals. He would really be the ultimate host.
22,000 people watched the stream at its peak. You know it would be quadruple that if it was on television. The guy sitting on his couch that played the game when he was a kid and has no clue about the fighting game scene would certainly sit through a few matches and maybe even get hooked, thus increasing the awareness of the scene and the event. This can only be good for the fighting game community. I mean who really knew much about Texas Hold’em before the Travel channel started running games.
Street Fighter 4 is very spectator friendly. Anyone can watch it and get into it. I’m not even remotely good at SFIV, but I LOVE watching high level, knowledgeable players go head to head. It’s just a great game to watch, even if you are casually playing, or don’t play at all.
There are so many great back stories, and rivalries, and hype that it makes for interesting TV.
Basically, if the “World Series of Poker” or the “Professional Bowling Association” can showcase its ‘athletes’ than why can’t something as dynamic and exciting as EVO 2k10 make it onto G4 or Spike?
I know the logistics of it are probably very complicated, but it would be nice to see something like this happen while there is a huge resurgence of players and hype over Street Fighter and the fighting genre in general.