I listened to the broadcast on jtv on the Levelup-Series created by Calipower(Alex Valle), during the broadcast I heard Levelup compared to MLG. Now this sounds great and all but…
Gamebattles is a great place that people who are serious about H3 or GOW2 to play pros and semi pros, which gives them a clue on wether or not they have what it takes.Gamebattles also hosts lots of online tournaments to keep players entertained.
-Tours the USA, has events in different locations
-Its huge and flashy(prestiges). Its prestiges because it costs alot to enter(Team passes are $160-200, which is $40-50 a person), which means that your only going to get your most serious players. There is a huge mainstage with bleechers always faceing huge screens and free stuff, with photographers everywhere that make you feel larger than life when you get to go on Mainstage.
-The payout is HUGE!!! At the end of the year the H3 payout for the Final tournament is $100,000 and $25,000 for GOW2. And at the end of every season(5 or 6 in a year), there is an event(tournament) which pays $20,000 for H3 and $10-20,000 for GOW2.
-Has no online arena(like Gamebattles.com) were people who are looking to get serious have an opportunity to play pros and semi pro players. So its hard to know if you really have what it takes, and its hard to get legit practice if you only have access to XBL or PSN and not major tournaments(like in CA).
-Has no forums to meet other players and get practice against good players and discuss certain aspects of SF4.
-Is Levelup-Series going to tour is it going to have one location?
-I here that they are going to try to make it have multiple events in a year which is great! But Alex mentioned that the pot is only $500, which is a nice sum for winning a tournament. Which only pays for my plane ticket(if I win), isn’t enough to attract a major scene.
Levelup-Series is a great idea but the payout for winning needs a major increase, in order to make players not living where there is and active SF scene devote the amount of time required to be the best. And it needs a battle arena for players to levelup(a competative website).
If the pot size was $10,000 or more I know I would go start practicing 5 hours a day everyday right now. I know alot of other players would too!!!