This was originally meant for the “quality or quantity” thread but it seems that it got deleted. So, since I wasted the time writing a response I’ll just put it here.
What’s with all the censorship going on here anyway? That’s getting ridiculous. It’s not like we’re all cursing up a storm. I’m seeing a few threads closed or altogether deleted when it questions the staff. Players don’t deserve respect anymore or what?
Anyway, here was my response to that thread and I hope I don’t get censored.
The funny part is that the decisions themselves started all the controversy. Controversy shows interest. I don’t see what’s wrong with controversy anyway.
Going console wasn’t controversial? I guess they were just trying to stir up controversy!
I thought it was a legitimate question so I scrolled down to see any responses and saw that it was closed. Wtf? That’s no way to get support. That’s like saying “we don’t give a fuck about what SRK thinks aside from what SRK staff thinks.” Yeah, let’s give a big F U to anyone that doesn’t fall in line.
Last year was about numbers, wasn’t it? It wasn’t admitted to but it seemed obvious to me. This year is certainly about numbers. How else can the “convention” make money? The bigger it is, the more money it can make in the end. I’m not accusing anyone of using the scene and its’ players to make money. I just don’t have anything else to go by.
I remember last year when Tom said that the added tournaments would enhance the quality of the SF tourneys. I saw no shred of evidence justifying that statement. This year, it seems that the goal is to make Evo more mainstream to get more sponsorship and eventually, act like any other convention by turning a profit. The goal is most certainly numbers from my vantage point and I welcome another perspective because it seems as though love for the SF scene has nothing to do with this anymore.
I mean, if things were done like this from the beginning, MK would’ve been repped at B3.
So, I’d like to hear a response to the question as well. To me, the answer seems clearly to be quantity. As a former serious competitor, quality was always more of an issue to me. I’d rather go to a World’s Finest tourney than a Camelot tourney back in the day because Camelot would chock full of scrubs while WF had nothing but great players. It just meant more. Likewise, if a player like Soo entered MWC and didn’t enter Evo, there’s a quality point loss right there. A major one at that. A few more players like that and BAM, Evo doesn’t mean as much as MWC because MWC would have a higher quality player count as opposed to mere numbers. Daigo’s performance at Absolution, while still great, suffered because of console and console was stipulated ahead of time and they practiced on console. Daigo’s play was diminished and many ppl don’t view his cvs2 loss seriously because of this. Also, the omission of Absolution from the headlines screams self-interest to me as well. It should have been made a big deal here on SRK but wasn’t. My only conclusion is that it wasn’t an SRK tourney and didn’t involve SRK peeps. I don’t see a real justification for this, especially when updates are far and few between throughout the year and many times, uninteresting. Absolution could’ve created a few interesting headlines here but was entirely ignored. Makes no sense. Even Kuni thought it should’ve been a headline and we all know that Kuni is the MAN(seriously, who doesn’t love Kuni?).
I don’t care if every gaming mag covers Evo and every gaming show does as well. If the quality is lower, the fact that it’s going mainstream means jackshit to most anyone aside from those holding the event.
So, until I hear a response, it seems that the issue is quantity and recognition. The staff gets more recognition for its’ efforts because more ppl take notice as numbers raise which leads to other things I’ve already stated.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been waiting for updates to the Evo site to answer some of these questions but I keep checking back with no luck. I’m still waiting but, this question could easily be answered right now.