Umm… lets be honest. There’s another reason this won’t be on TV… are we going to have the bleep button on standby? I mean this is nothing against the community at all, but I would hardly call top 8 in any match on the big screen PG… If a TV orgaization wanted to pick it up, they’d have to find a way to have expert commentary that wouldn’t cross the boundaries and that would use terminiology that casual fans and channel flippers could latch on to… I love the commentary from Battlefield Arcadia for instance… but if I didn’t know who Chris Hu was and I was just another guy flippin’ through channels… my head might explode. Or if someone else was talkin’ about ‘being free’ or ‘pringles’… I’d be so confused… But commentary in the community currently exists in a fashion to highten the experience for those involved, not to bring outside viewership in.
All that being said… if you could fix the commentary problem, if you could PG the event a little bit, I think EVO could make for very exciting television. I mean World Cyber Games WC3 final and SC final in Changhai had over 10,000 people crammed in like Sardines and the WCG was carried live in quite a few places around the world to decent ratings, but the event was very PG, the commentary was in English, and they did a great job of explaining mechanics and helping viewers understand what was going on in a very simple way then building up to higher understanding over the course of the broadcast.
So the moral of the story is, to get on TV, EVO might have to put on a little more of a coat and tie and play nice for the kids, the question is, if it did that, would it be the same event for those who travel there and could we train announcers and people who follow multiple games to commentate in a language closer to native English as opposed to GamerSpeak?