I'd like to hear some opinions of the community about the 100k announcement by BHG. Browsing the other sites it seems that hardly any reaction would be less than enthusiastic. While I do welcome such a massive event as well (of course) it might also come with some negative side-effects if not carried through properly.
Is going to be an obvious appearance in RoL scene.
While they will certainly increase the average skill level amongst RoL communities it is the kind of players that do not necessarily play for the love of the game but out of purely professional motives. Generally a community cannot be based on mercenaries as they tend to rather not integrate that well and prefer the touch of exclusivity. If the 100k tourney turns out to be a 'one-timer' by BHG those skilled players might vanish just as quickly as they have appeared. In the long run this would not help at all.
Focus on competitive 1v1 gaming.
While 1v1 gaming does play a major role in RTS games I - as a n00b amateur - fear that team games do get too little attention and support by MS/BHG. 1v1 clearly has it's good sides. But in the end it is the team games that enforce the phenomenon of clans and the formation of an active and friendly community.
These are just 2 thoughts that popped into my mind when I decided to open this thread. They are purely subjective. That's why I'd be really interested to hear other people's view on this. I do think that the coverage and attention that RoL is going to get is definitely going to help. Still I'd advise BHG to not focus their whole energy on one single event that causes major havoc but is over quicker than one might think What comes after this ? The people in charge should try and think beyond the 100k and try to create a stable community together with the community and not by turning their whole attention to pro gaming. Hopefully this is the case already