I’m from Brazil and I was at EVO 2011. It was my very first EVO ever and I loved it, but this year I couldn’t go and had to watch everything from the stream, so everything will be based on my viewer perspective.
Multiple streams, in special the panels stream. $2
Full brackets available online. $1
Off stream big matches, $1
The Playstation Battle Royale demo on the main stream, $1
[*]Late on Schedule, $1
** - Multiple streams, in special the panels stream.**
Since, this year, EVO for me was all about watching everything online, having the option to know what’s going on with the other EVO features was great. 2011 was the first EVO with panels and I really enjoyed watching them (the Daigo Match Analysis in special). When I saw that would be impossible for me to go this year I started to wish the panels would be at least recorded so I could see them after everything was over.
- Full brackets available online.
Even though I was not the first brazilian to ever go to EVO, my country still have a low representative number, but, in 2012 many players felt compelled to travel and compete. I wanted to know everything about those players. How many they are, their names, the games they entered, their oponents, everything. I wanted to cheer for my fellow players.
On a side note, I’m also quite interested in how big EVO is in terms of players and international atandence. The online brackets helped with those infos. (btw, last year Evo numbers would be amazing!!!)
- Off Stream Big Matches.
Daigo vs Latif, LI Joe eliminating Ricky, Marlin Pie eliminated, and so on.
I know it’s impossible to stream every damn match, but I also know that stream matches are picked by finger. A lot of “meh” matches happened on stream while some hot ones got off. I want to see the top 8 of last year facing EVERYONE, I want to see just how well they’re playing compared from last year, and if they happen to be knocked out on the losers bracket by some unknown players, I WANT TO SEE THEY FALL!
- The Playstation Battle Royale demo on the main stream.
First of all, I don’t hate the damn game, I don’t think it should not even be on EVO at all, but I don’t agree with that demo being shown at the main stream.
Maybe the main reason why I got so pissed with that was cause the Daigo vs Latif match happened during the demo. I was mad furious that one of the most wanted matches was happening off stream while a long advertisement was being taking place.
I know EVO need to get media attention and things like exclusive demos are what bring that attention, but why set up a stream channel ESPECIALLY for panels and demos and then using the main stream to broadcast it in the MIDDLE of the brackets. Why not use the panels channel? Why not at least wait to do the demo between pools and quarter finals?
- Late on Schedule.
Nothing can be perfect, I know that it’s nearly impossible to run that many pools without running a little bit late, but 2 hours???
Again, I’m from Brazil, EVO already starts with a +4 hours delay for me. When the schedule goes on to something like 10PM or 12PM, that’s already 2~4AM here. Even if someone don’t have anything important to do in the morning that’s still quite late. When the schedule delays it gets even harder. I know of a lot of friends that couldn’t stay for the AE finals cause of the time.
The Cannon Awards are great, combo videos are tradition, I get it, but delays are too much to handle. I don’t agree with the VF5 finals being streamed, at least on the main stream, they’re not on the main line-up anyway. I’m also not a fan of low entrance games getting full top 8 matches on the finals day, if the schedule is too crowded, let only top4 rock on stream.
Anyway, I had an amazing weekend watching all the great matches and I’m really pissed that I couldn’t go, what only makes me want even more to go next year.