First of all, my main PC crashed. Buying a new HDD today to hopefully solve the problem.
On topic: I was just accused of being bitter. Well, I am pretty bitter, but that’s beside the point (my logic is amazing). I was ranting a little about how SC2 the distribution of stream viewer numbers is horseshit.
My argument is this: I think it’s a fundamental flaw in the StarCraft 2 scene that the popularity (read: average viewer numbers) on a stream are rarely correlated with the players skill. Of course there are exceptions: IdrA being a prime example. When IdrA turns on his stream it’s usually surrounded by fanfare and hundreds of comments on /v/ and reddit and TL, along with ~10k+ viewers. IdrA streaming, however, is a rare thing. The habitual streamers, like CatZ, Destiny, TLO, iNcontroL, Dragon etc all pull very large numbers on average. But why is this bad? Because, relatively speaking, these players are bad.
They get stream viewers because they are ‘enjoyable’ to watch, or are quite… unique (especially in Dragon’s case). Sure, I sound like a no-fun nazi: “stop watching things you find enjoyable”, but when this far and above trumps the players with actual amazing skill, I find it to be fundamentally problematic. You don’t watch pee-wee baseball because it’s cute and fun, you watch Major League’s because it’s the best of the best. You don’t watch a 10 year olds soccer game, you watch Serie A and the EPL. Why should StarCraft be any different? I’m worried that when the bubble bursts and the novelty that is esports starts to fade, the infrastructure won’t be able to support a blow and will collapse in on itself.
Bringing people into the game showing them Day9 casting bronze league 3v3s spamming memes, or Destiny going on a rant and making pornstars cry, or Dragon winning a game and doing a funny dance is NOT beneficial for the longevity of StarCraft II. If people really want this to succeed, introduce your friends to the game to be able to appreciate the game when the ‘celebrities’ of toady are gone in 12 months.
With more and more Koreans starting to stream, including pretty much of all NS호서, SlayerS and pretty much everyone else, we’ll have to see what people want to choose.