Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I'm actually not all that impressed with the tournament organization. Especially the entry fee. Twenty plex minimum.
What bothers me the most is that Own3D is putting up the $10000 prize money. So the fact that CCP is trying to pull enough plex out of the system, equalling $10000+ dollars, is quite annoying to me. Sure, CCP will have costs. Employee overtime, the folks in front of the cameras and the folks behind the cameras. Fifteen employees total, I'm guessing, to run the show. Then the alterations to the previous Alliance Tournament set (safe assumption that they aren't going to build an entirely new set.) Costs associated with the stream (though it's only a single stream to Own3D, who will then deal with the much larger bandwidth issues of serving it out to the 10k+ viewers.)
It annoys me that the costs are so minimal, when taking into account CCP's annual revenue, that they feel the need to have players cover their costs at all. The players didn't beg for this tournament. It actually came as a bit of a surprise. This is simply a case of CCP seeing eSports as an effective advertising venue, but unwilling to foot that advertising cost themselves.
I understand the need to collect plex to ensure that serious teams enter the tournament. But I disagree with the premise that players should directly cover the costs of the tournament. CCP should write the tournament costs off as a marketing expense, because the tournament is advertising. Any plex CCP collects as entrance fees should be re-inserted back into the tournament as additional prizes.
Which is why I'd love to see a boycott of the tournament. Will it happen? Probably not. Not sure enough people really care. Not even sure if that's a shame or not.
It would be a LOL worthy event, if only four or five teams entered the auction. Then to watch the mad scrambling afterwards by CCP, all the back-pedalling to change the entrance requirements, try to save the tournament, get an additional 28 teams to join. I'd imagine cancelling the event would be a last resort.