first, let me preface this by saying that I respect EVO and the people behind it that work tirelessly to give us an amazing event. no disrespect is meant with this thread.
with that being said, I have to ask, what happened to the prize money? Xian and Flocker are both EVO champions and yet both reportedly made less than $6000 this year? I mean, with EVO growing exponentially every year, and a stream that provides great exposure, why are this year’s players getting way less than previous years? I understand the cost of expansion and that there are now costs that have to be considered that weren’t before (larger venue, streaming, commentary), but we also had a record breaking year in terms of participants,stream viewers and paying observers. so why did Daigo make more in 2009 than both MvC and SFIV champions combined? we had 30,000 viewers that year and a total of 1700 entrants across all games, with no paying observers, but more money?
now, I know that I shouldn’t worry about other people’s money, but the concern this brings up, if this will continue to be a trend, is the potential for top players to choose greener pastures over EVO will probably increase. EVO is it right now. the cream of the crop, the most prestigious and biggest event, but how long will players choose prestige over money? with esports knocking at the door, competing events like VXG, and capcom being more accepting of MLG-type events, how long can EVO compete when their prize money seems to get smaller and smaller? right now the world’s best congregate at EVO every year, but how long before they choose other events and water down the overall competition?