The south american community wants to throw its own Evo qualifiers. We do not need any money whatsoever. What we do want is the endorsement from Evo, strengthening our brand and making it easier for us to have a truly south american championship.
In the 2006 brazilian nationals we had 108 players from 14 different states (more than 50%, and Brazil is pretty big) and 2 countries for Marvel vs Capcom 2, and decent turnouts for other games as well. The games in our roster were MvC2, CvS2, 3rd Strike, Tekken 5, Soul Calibur 3, KoF 2002, KoF XI, NGBC and Guilty Gear. The prizes were game consoles for most games and arcade controllers for second and third places. We ran console tourneys for most games, allowing people to bring their own controllers. The rules were pretty much the same as evolution for the games we had in common.
Still in 2006, we had several other tourneys, and at least one of them had TV coverage (in regular TV, not cable). You may watch the segment here: [media=youtube]_N0C-QGlxpg#CnvA3kPNLPA[/media] .
We have been running some international battles. For now Brazil vs Argentina and vs Peru in MvC2, and vs Paraguay in 3rd strike.
For 2007/2008 we’ve been doing as much contacts as possible, and now our countries are getting together to make a truly south american tournament. We expect to have players from Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and hopefully even more. Unfortunately, we still were not able to have any contact whatsoever with communities from countries like Uruguay, Bolivia, Guiana and Suriname.
Whatever there is a community, its reasonable to expect that some people check shoryuken.com every now and then. One idea behind turning our tourney into a qualifier is to have a big exposure in other countries as well. Plus, gamers from other countries may feel better about coming to Evo South America than going to a tourney they may know nothing about.
More important than anything, however, is getting confirmation from sponsors. Many are willing to give a good help if the tourney becomes the official south american tourney, a qualifier for the world tournaments. They are not so impressed by the idea of a new-brand tourney that is not so representative in the big scheme. With the endorsement from Evo, its much easier to get press coverage, hence, to get sponsors, hence, to get money to send our gamers to US.
The average south american earns way less money than the average american. Alone, none of our players is able to travel to Evo. But together, with help from our sponsors, we can send our tourney champions.
For Evo, it is a good opportunity as well. The brand will not only get a really big exposure in South America (making room for good business in the long term), but even Evo World itself can get more variety, and it’s a first door for having international qualifiers. Soon enough, Evo may be the undisputable World Championships. Of course, and I say it again, we do not need any financial help whatsoever. We just want the opportunity to have your brand reinforcing ours, and spots in the finals for our champions. For now just a single spot for our strongest games: MvC2, T5DR and KoF2k2 (if you have it) would be more than enough.
We have well qualified people to help with those tourneys. We have several businessmen, attourneys, arcade owners, event organizers, and a solid record of running good tourneys, at least in the brazilian, argentinian and chilean communities. Some of those people have years of experience running regional and national tourneys for Winning Eleven, a game that takes a lot of time (around 15 minutes for game) and gathers a lot of people (200 on regionals; google WE crazy cup or WE Rio and you can find some info in portuguese). Other run tourneys for PC games and anime conventions.
South America has a solid competitive scene in a few games. We have tourneys often, and several forums specialized in fighting games. Nothing close to shoryuken.com, of course, but we feel that our scene is big enough to start having more international integration. Our top KoF 2002 player will probably travel to the mexican nationals this year (with help from the kind mexican players) and we may now be able to send players from other games towards Evo 2008.
We tried to contact MrWizard and Seth Killian, but we’re not sure if they got our messages. So now I am updating our new information and posting it here for everybody that wants to help or give us new ideas. Plus any south american that reads this can get in touch and help us further develop our scene. When we wrote the letter, we would give PS3s as prizes, but now we can pay for the winners’ trip towards Evolution (as long as we become qualifiers, the condition from some sponsors). I understand now that the Cannons run Evo. So I hope they can read this and start some dialogue with us.
We are always looking for ways to improve our community. A partnership with Evo is certainly a huge step in the right direction, and it does add a little more for the US community as well, enhancing the integration of national fighting game communities all around the world.
Thank you very much for your time and attention. We appreciate any help, from partnerships to suggestions.