Today was an important day in the Texas Street Fighter community. For months now, the SRK community has voiced their distaste and hatred for Planet Zero and their events. Many players have actively protested by not attending their events and tournaments, even in their own backyard.
Today was an opportunity to change that: a chance to change everything and make a stance by supporting a locally run and organized tournament in Austin, by the players and for the players. All tournaments were run on console (as per the current US tournament standard), there were adequate joysticks and adapters for all machines, and TVs set-up both for tournament and casuals. It was all there for everyone to come to.
But nobody came.
CVS2 had a whopping 4 competitiors today in Austin. MVC2 also had 4. And, thanks to local Austinites attending, 3rd Strike had 8.
You guys can post for 1000 years about how much PZ sucks, about how much you hate Emotiongear and his tournaments, and about how the scene is divided, but the problem isn’t the events any longer: it’s the players. The players were given an opportunity for a new tournament, and it was rejected (besides the one or two people who actually had finals today). Actions speak one hundred times louder than words, and Houston voted unanimously for Planet Zero today with their attendance (zero players). We had 3 players from San Antonio and one from College Station, so it’s clear that they’re supporting the scene, but out of the large group of people who complained about Showdown Championships, zero of them were in Austin today to support the new tournament.
Clearly, since Showdown Championships had a HUGE turnout compared to the Austin Regional, Emotiongear and Ranma should be in charge of running tournaments because players from all over the state are actually attending their events.
From now on, Austin is leaving the Texas Street Fighter scene in the hands of the only people capable of continuing it: Planet Zero and Ranma0005. The players have spoken, and the decision has been made.
It was fun having a local scene with everyone, but that’s ancient history. See you guys at Planet Zero!