The league is fine, I encourage everyone to take part if they think it'll be fun. People enjoy the other RGL leagues - I've said this many times lately and mean it. My take on the league is irrelevant because I don't play.
A main selling point is literally that data will be sent to Valve. This is outlined very specifically on the website. And I see people coming out of the woodwork in this thread like "Well hey, it can't hurt."
My stance is very simple - sounds good but don't sell folks on Valve doing something with data if you're totally making that up and haven't spoken to Valve about it first. This is not a major piece of it, this doesn't hold up the league, it's not a crime etc, and sure you can do positive shit without Valve. But if folks are going to give their time and effort to this because they are being led to believe that Valve will get data, and that will somehow do something, I just hope they can find out NOW if it's not true or correct, rather than at season's end.
And sure, many people may not care about that! Maybe nobody cares, maybe everyone's happy to play whether or not anything will happen - I'm sure many will and that's cool. But with "improving competitive" and "the future of competitive" and all these buzzwords being thrown around.. I mean "Valve gets data and improves our game" is the ultimate pipe dream, and has been for 10 years, right? People will buy into this really fucking easily and quickly - it's close to our hearts. I think it's fair for players to want to know whether it's BS or not.
And absolutely, if nobody cares at all, then I'll shut up. But I think this is a fair thing to want details on. If the season is finished and we send over.. whatever data, I guess the survey details or whatever, and Valve says like "Uh we don't have enough people, we can't do anything with this even if we want to" well.. that will be shitty for everyone involved and probably the scene as a whole.