We know for a fact that if we were to switch leagues that invite in its entirety wouldn't die, even if even a handful of players quit the game to go seek esports glory elsewhere before returning back when they realize they aren't going to make any money anywhere else either. Are we afraid that we won't have high level tf2 to watch anymore? Are people still clinging to the esports dream?
Since the very beginning ESEA has been propped up by the community as the "official" league of TF2 pretty much solely because they were the only ones putting money into it. In the wake of newer leagues willing to do the same, we've stuck to ESEA primarily out of habit but also for the reason that most people play the game competitively, competition. I know for a fact that's why I've played in this shitty league for way too many seasons now, it's where the best teams are.
Considering there is only ever 2 or three teams in this game that can even hope to compete at LAN during any given season, I have to ask why we still see it as necessary to have when it more or less just sinks money from the community into the pockets of the players that are holding us hostage to this system. If we are seriously afraid that they'll quit and suddenly take our ABILITY TO SPECTATE HIGH LEVEL TF2 hostage, then I'd like to remind you that main as it stands right now has been infinitely more enjoyable to watch than the life-support season invite has had.
Why would we subject ourselves to another season of a quarter of all teams dying in part due to premium fees, the fucking absurd ESEA rules that are forced on us because we ostensibly play in the same league that hosts CS matches, and combat scheduling for shitty servers on a client that doesn't work.
How about this: we make a league, and instead of making a fucking donation drive to fly 24 players to LAN, we make a donation drive for the prize pool so that 100% of everyone's cash flow to the league is immediately repaid to the players. Are the invite players you're so worried about quitting going to do it if there's the still cash on the line? I'd go so far as to say you might even be able to drum up some outside attention for competitive TF2 if you go out and contact some of those GAMING JOURNALISM sites and tell them about why we're making a league and how shitty ESEA has been. We could even split the prize pool and say that half the money donated to the community league goes to a charity of the winner of the league's choice.