3 weeks ago for the first time in my life I went to a dota tournament just as a viewer. For 6 or 7 years, all the tournaments I attented I’ve been watching on my own monitor, as I always have been commentating them. This once everything was different. I was one of viewers, I was cheering for my favorite teams along with them, cheering for cool dota, talking to people, eating sausages — well, I was socializing.
And then I’m back home. There is little time until TI5, there are only 2-3 last tournaments in the world. I’m commentating one of them (Esportal) and watch another’s losers final as a viewer (DotaPit). Both tournaments, especially the second, have impressie prize pools, but I don’t care. Simply don’t care. NOT IT. Atmosphere is not it, there are no viewers, no team emotions, you don’t have any pre-match interviews, commentators stay home. BORING.
That was a moment I realized that online tournaments SUCK.
Imagine Champions League Final between Real and Barcelona. Huge money at stake, possible contracts, teams are in their best shape, best commentators work in all languages, but… they play at training base, translation flows from one camera, no replays, no viewers at the stadium, no pre-match show, no award ceremony. But hypothetical Real wins 3-2 in this super-match and takes $15 millions. Interesting???
Of course, it’s easier for hypothetical Real. They don’t have to go anywhere, they play at a training base, no need for photosessions, open practise, they don’t have to talk to fans. Just wake up, practise a bit, play a match without even changing clothes at your own training pitch. And then win $15 millions. COOL!
I don’t understand: CS-GO, LOL, SC2 moved from playing serious tournaments online a while ago, but in Dota it’s still a normal situation. Okay, I know that there are hats and that Dota scheme is a bit different from other games, but damn, it’s nonsense! Remember what was going on during the last ESL Frankfurt? All Reddit, Twitter and Facebook were discussing the tournament. Photos, matches, highlights, atmosphere — LAN Final, cybersport holiday! And what was going on yesterday during Esportal finals and DotaPit losers final? I can answer for you — zero damns were given.
Yes, there were viewers on stream. About 60k yesterday and today on RU-stream, and don’t forget about huge prize pools. But still, it’s not catchy. Just not interesting.
What do you guys think?