With NA having issues and SA closing doors it seems the darkest days might still lie in front of the community. Really sucks to hear that another chapter of the book is coming to an end but huge thanks to all of the SA people who put time and effort in. It was hard in NA at times, but that's nothing compared to the difficulty that SA had.The fact that SA had a scene at all is just a testament to how much people actually cared.
yo BTS is hosting TF2 btw :D game is still kicking. we still have a NA league. SA can get back on their feet 100% just believe and someone take control and run something. people will follow if they actually care.
A lan with no Budget, no prizepool and no resources (apart from PCs) provided to the organizers, who are once again not getting paid a dime. BTS is merely taking a small gamble on TF2 with minimal investment (House they already own + PCs they also already own) to see how it works out. This isn't a sign of a "healthy" or "thriving" scene, you're relying on the charity and dedication of a handful of people to make anything happen. It's likely that after this lan the gap in NA TF2 Lans will remain, but then again, if there was ever a shot at showcasing TF2 to the world again, it's now.
You have no idea what is going on with BTS or how much of an investment they've made for this event, nor do you have any idea how hard some people have worked to make this event happen. Fuck off.
Here I can start with a few things:
- An entire studio space that can now not be used for any of their other big events on their calendar for that weekend for a period of three days. Do you have any idea how much this would normally cost for a studio of this caliber? Of course not.
- An entire production setup that easily trumps anything TF2 has ever had in terms of broadcast production budget, as well as gear that BTS now has tied up for that weekend and can't lease to any of their partners.
You're delusional if you think they're just giving us PCs and making a low-risk gamble.
EDIT: Oh, also a ton of their staff assisting us on-site at no cost to us. BTS has a ton of professionals in the esports place that are extremely talented that will be helping us on-site for free during that weekend, including their content team which is generally agreed is the best in the industry.