[4:58 PM] Wolf Machina: we're not allowed to be pinned on tftv
[4:58 PM] Wolf Machina: at least I've asked for it and not had it
[4:58 PM] PJC: what's the reason for not being allowed?
Is this true and if so can somebody explain why this is the case? I visit this site pretty often but I still miss these announcement threads being on the sidebar because other, more interactive threads take over very quickly and as a team leader it'd be helpful if one of the sites I visit the most was the place that I find out about these cups because I've very nearly missed out on them a couple of times now if it weren't for teammates reminding me.
[4:59 PM] DrHappiness: A news post on ETF2L have been discussed but is not happening due to conflicts of interest.
[4:59 PM] PJC: what conflicts of interest?
[5:02 PM] DrHappiness: They believe that the support we give them is not sufficient enough to warrant free promotion on their site. Alongside that we are in a way competitors of the League.
If this is true I don't really see how ETF2L think they're in a position to be filtering out which competitions get promotion on their site if they actually care about supporting a small scene like this as a whole. Whilst ETF2L are primarily a league, they also happen to be probably the biggest news site for European TF2. I'd be more understanding if we were a bigger game like CS where there are so many events out there that it's probably impossible to hear & write about them all, but I can count the amount of regular TF2 competitions on my hand. Not to mention ETF2L don't seem particularly discriminatory when it comes to this stuff usually anyway as I've probably read news posts from them about 90% of other relevant events happening. They even made a post about the monthly back in May so their consistency isn't exactly solid either.
The competitor argument is a pretty weak one as well considering these cups happen on Saturday, a non-match day for ETF2L and Sunday, the first day of the ETF2L week where the vast majority of teams won't be playing their matches because they only just got their fixtures and need to be prepare for them.