This weekend there was Canada Cup 2018. Personally, the weekend started on a bad note. But it also became pretty apparent that the tournament organizers bit off more than they could chew. Maybe you can say that things kind of, sort of, not really, worked out in the end. But it was a frustrating experience for all involved.
You may have noticed that on Fridays I publish a little round-up article for eSports events that are happening throughout the weekend, but last Friday I did not. In order to gather information for events related to the fighting game community, I rely heavily on a website called Smash.gg.
They’ve been making some design changes to the website recently, and even though it was the place to go to find the tournament brackets, I can no longer find them. Removing a feature in favor of a website looking pretty is an odd choice, but didn’t really hurt my bottom line, so I let it go.
But maybe I’m wrong. I didn’t spend too much time looking for the brackets. After a few days I couldn’t go looking for them even if I wanted to. Whenever I try to open an event page I’m greeted with this:
The website is not working. But hey! At least it looks pretty! Never sacrifice efficiency for aesthetics. That’s rule #1. All I can do is hope that the error message is accurate, and they are aware of the issue, and they are attempting to fix it. Checking their Twitter account and finding no indication of this however, does not fill me with hope.
So besides Canada Cup, I didn’t know what was going on. But I figured I might as well spread the news about that. Let me head over to AceKingOffSuit on Twitter. He’s the man with the info and awesome stream schedules. Surely I can get everything I need from him.
The information did not exist. This is something I encounter every week with smaller events. They claim that they want people to tune into the event, but their actions say the opposite. It’s Friday and the event already started. Is there an event schedule? Yes. Is there a stream schedule? No. So what’s happening where? Figure it out.
Saturday morning, I wake up to find that they produced a stream schedule for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday… Fuckhead! What the fuck am I supposed to do with the Friday schedule? That was yesterday… Fuck it… AceKingOffSuit cobbles together a stream schedule for Saturday, and the Tekken community immediately notice the lack of Tekken pools.
Instead we’re getting Under Night top 8, and Pokken top 4. Even though this is a Tekken World Tour event; the final Tekken World Tour event mind you. I’m sure you’ve also noticed that the second stream channel is just sitting back, putting its feet up, sipping Mai Tai, and hand feeding coconut to the flamingos. Why? They didn’t have enough setups. They had one for every channel, but forgot about Capcomfighters, who get priority.
The Tekken community was eventually heard and their grievances were somewhat addressed. The organizers said: “Fuck Pokken” and replaced it with a single block of Tekken 7 pools. Meager, but better than some others. The Dragon Ball Fighters Z community had it worse. By the time the stream schedule was even published, the DBFZ pools had come and gone.
The event was also hosting the tournament of legends for the revival of Street Fighter 2 Super Turbo. But the last chance qualifiers were not being streamed. AtariFGC came to the rescue, and went out of pocket to stream the event over a 4G connection. Eventually NYCFurby came along to relieve him. If not for them, nobody would have been able to see some of these people play.
As a final Icing on the cake, they switched Smash Melee to channel 3 and Smash WiiU to channel 4, without telling anybody… Whatever. Not that big of a deal I suppose. People still found it.
Mercifully, the rest of the day went smoothly, as far as I know. The situation for the viewers is one thing. But for the press and the organizers? I can only imagine.
But we weren’t done. There was still Sunday…
DBFZ, Tekken 7, and Smash Melee top 8, all happening at the same time. I opted to watch Tekken 7, seeing as it’s more likely to get spoiled for me via twitter. I watched the VOD of the Melee top 8, so I don’t know if it suffered a similar fate to Tekken. The Tekken stream wasn’t getting enough attention on the organizer’s side.
It wasn’t long before someone attempted to post ASCII art in the chat. ASCII art that I’m sure they found to be quite tasteful. But this individual was not immediately banned. So it happened again. Once the stream monsters figured out that a moderator was not present, all genitalia hell broke loose.
Penises of all shapes and sizes, captioned with the words: “Do you like what you see?” Mutated creatures who carry 5 to 10 penises at once. Super Mario in the midst of a bowel movement. Ahegao anime characters. Along with the occasional Albert Einstein. By the time the organizers caught wind of this, they were in the reset portion of the grand finals. But you know what? Fine. Go full screen, turn the chat off; there were solutions for this issue.
But after Tekken I kind of tuned out. I had the top 8 of Street Fighter 3: Third Strike running on a side screen while I did something else. I kept that going until my own internet crapped out on me. The ISP is doing maintenance, so it was expected. Thankfully it didn’t happen during Tekken. I’m not a fan of Street Fighter V, so I went to sleep.
It’s weird. I can get into Street Fighter 3 and even Street Fighter 2 at times. But something about Street Fighter V just doesn’t work for me. It does not entertain me. Regardless, I check twitter today and apparently something happened.
But wait! It gets better. The following story comes from eventhubs.com. They could record the english stream, but they couldn’t actually stream it. They were gonna show it later, but if you’re following a certain crowd on Twitter and/or other social media sites, avoid it or the whole thing is getting spoiled for you. The Japanese stream was still running, but was only showing winners side matches. Eventually that went down too, with reports coming in of the entire venue losing power.
Eventually that got sorted. Just bad luck I guess. I can’t really blame the organizers for that one. It was just one more kick in the ass before grand finals. Then everyone could put this venue out of its misery.
So to recap:
Friday: “Derp” - Smash.gg | Wait, people who aren’t here actually want to watch this?
Saturday: Did anybody bring extra equipment? What? Fuck, Tekken. Pokken, bitch!
Sunday: Just put’em all at the same time. Sure. We got dicks, we got assholes, we got recording equipment, but no way to stream it. Who turned off the lights?
But I gotta give it to these Canadians, they’re chill. If I was one of the tournament organizers, someone may have ended up getting strangled to death. Maybe the staff was just stretched too thin. The event’s reputation may have taken a hit for this, but at least no one got hurt… right?