From the point of view of somebody who has been playing third strike since 2006, SF4 since 2009, and who has in general been following the FGC for a long time now, I think it is a really, really bad idea that tournaments are committing to SFV as well as throwing out SFIV so much.
First of all, the game doesn’t seem to be better. I’m sure a lot of people will end up liking it more, but after watching reviews, people streaming it on twitch, and the exhibition tourneys, it seems overall much less fun, much less entertaining, much slower, and just in general not that good, from what I’ve seen so far I would rather just not play street fighter anymore than pay $60 for what they just pumped out.
Second of all, even for the people who really like it, the game is so enormously different from SFIV that it is barely a successor at all. The look isn’t similar, the pace isn’t similar, the mechanics seem wildly different, the characters aren’t the same, it is a completely different game in almost every way, so even if a lot of people end up liking it, there is no good logic in outright replacing SFIV with it at tourneys, especially this early in the cycle. IMO it should be treated like Smash 4 and Melee, two completely different games with barely any overlap that are usually both played at the same tournaments.
Third, SFIV, despite it’s many downfalls, is an enormous staple of the FGC and has been ever since it came out. Pretty much everybody who plays fighting games at all owns it, tons of people switched to it from other games because of its popularity, it usually has the most players, it is the most well known, and it has a long history now. Besides the fact that eventually the balance of the game will get very stale because Capcom is abandoning it, it is still very much an alive game, and even if most of the player base ends up switching to V, it still deserves its niche.
What logic is there to EVO replacing SFIV with SFV at EVO? Seems like a completely braindead thing to do.