Thank you Choi, for your generous donations! It’s super awesome of you and we really appreciate it!
I posted this in the other SBO thread for next year, but now that there is a thread specifically for donations, I thought I would post it again:
High fives and thank yous all around to Choi, Andy from TGA, DSP and Arlieth for doing their best to help us out with airfare, etc. It’s a huge honor to go and we all really appreciate the effort.
That said, I think due to the circumstances of the entire situation (which I honestly wasn’t even paying attention to until I decided to go to MWC), I think we the players need to be proactive in raising money and finding solutions. As awesome as it would be to have tickets paid for by arcades, SRK, sponsors, etc., at this point we can’t depend on anyone but ourselves and the community as a whole. Thus, I came up with a couple ideas that I think can help out at least the six 3s players that get to go. The ideas can surely apply to the ST teams, but I’m totally not qualified to execute the same ideas for ST as I can for 3s. So here’s what I got:
I want to put out hour long one on one interview-style high level 3s discussions with top players such as:
I’ll basically be asking them questions such as which character matchups are toughest, how they get into the zone before an important match, their overall 3s philosophy, their mindset when playing in a tournament, etc.
Of the list above, I’ve confirmed everyone except for Justin and Ken I. The goal is to provide 3s players that live in other parts of the country with the types of discussions that those of us that have been playing at FFA have been having for years that they might not have had access to before.
The plan is to ask people to pay whatever they think these discussions are worth before/after they download them, similar to the Girl Talk/Radiohead/NIN model of releasing new albums, where a donation of any amount is enough to download the material. Whoever donates over $X (maybe $10 or $20) will get a physical CD shipped to them, shrink wrapped with professionally designed covers, etc., as well as an immediate download.
The goal is to give back and provide value to the community while simultaneously hopefully raising money for plane tickets, housing, etc. I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but so far all the players I’ve talked to have been willing to do it.
If we do it this way, the money will most likely be split 6 ways between the two teams, unless someone can suggest a better way to do it.
Assuming FFA covers 50% of three $1200 tickets, that’s $1800 leftover for players to come up with. Assuming that me, Justin and kofiend get $150 of three $1200 tickets covered, that’s $3150 that we have to come up with or $4350 altogether between the six of us.
$4350/$5 donation = 870 donations. Sounds like a huge number, but we have to try.
Record and release extended sets of matches between top players, maybe 10 matches each. Afterward, the matches would be analyzed by the players themselves kinda like they do during a football game or something. So then these would be released in a similar format to the discussions or possibly on DVDs.
This of course requires FAR more time and effort and that’s why it’s idea #2. I want to start with #1 to gauge interest and because it is more straightforward to execute.
So that’s what I have in mind. What does everybody think?