i cant say ive seen everything, and wont claim to, but for the most part, tournament byes are not a regular in the community to my knowledge, and i cant speak much on evo’s past before 09, because my memory is fail sauce, but i was thinking, well, i know some people got their bye from the gamestop tourney for sf4 at evo, and is that fair.
now on one hand i can see how promoters want to create some hype and memorable matches by giving some players byes from earlier performances at other majors, because the people watching the stream or are those who are going to buy a dvd who arent there want to see hype shit, and hell, even the people there want to see hype matches. well, not so much hype all the time, as much as matches between people they know. so thats cute and everything for the sponsors, or to cater to people a bit, but…
well then the other side of it is, especially with the upcoming evo seeing major numbers because of these new releases, there are gonna be huge pots on the line, and american gamers cant front, they like the competition, but to me, if i invest money in something, im trying to win the shit. so regardless of how someone did at another major, AND got payed out for winning that, why shouldnt they have to go through the trenches like everyone else. i mean, is everyone gonna have a hissy fit if wong doesnt make it out pools one year, and you dont see him in finals? me personally, and my opinion is bias because i been around the online fighting community for a minute,but id rather see some fresh new blood, rather then go out of the way to recycle the same blood on the big screen in the finals.
no this isnt all about evo, but i do use it as a major example because it will be seeing the most tourney entrants this year, but im sure the future will also hold larger tournies throughout the country with bigger payouts, where byes might come up. i dont think a tourney should be just about catering to people to the point where someone gets a bye past all these players, when major money is on the line. so im suppose to pay 20 or 10 to enter any tourney, and someone gets a bye because of some previous tourney win, or just because someone said so. so they get to chill in semis, while i drudge through countless good players, and have to deal with advanced players too. eh, thats kinda whack to me.
there should be no fear to see new blood in the finals. if stream viewers are lower, people are leaving early, and or not purchasing the released footage after because a few of their idols arent in the finals, then what does that say about them and what their future within fighting games will be. i want to see good matches period. i dont give a shit who you are. you can be a girl, guy, gay, straight, known, unknown, purple, blue, black, white, handicapped. i dont care, as long as i see good matches. no one here is famous, or to be looked up to. sorry, we’re all just gamers who most likely have better shit to be doing with our time then practicing combos, but we dont give a fuck, so we play. lol. i feel like everyone should always start at ground zero, and work their way up, because no one can go from ground zero to finals, and be a random scrub. fuck any, " you won this tourney, so free bye for you shit, or your from another country, so free bye for you shit".
maybe some tourney promoters can correct me where im wrong, but the whole shit rubs me in a bad way. when i pay my entry money, i want to know everyone is working there way through like everyone else, and the best of the best will make it. im not getting treating normal dudes who are good at mashing buttons as stars, who should be catered to. i mean, if its business, then its business. i understand how hard it is to run tournies, especially some of the majors that happen throughout the year. so if your trying to do something to help you break even, or get sponsors to provide games and tvs, then thats understandable. id rather a few byes because of basic financial reasons, then no tourney, but if byes arent necessary for your tourney, im against them all the time.