‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast
Today on twitter, TACO revealed that sticker money was going down from Major to Major. This is a strange sort of trend I’ve seen from Valve where they are either conservative or stingy with their payouts. A similar thing happened is happening in Dota2 with the way they treat community artists. In addition to that, 2GD revealed that he was the one who had to make a stand for the broadcast talent to be paid good wages after he was kicked for being an ass. The current 3rd party TOs that make Dota2 tournaments are having trouble making the scheduling and profit right as Valve don’t announce their Majors and they took away compendiums possibilities for the individual tournaments.
I won’t say I’m an expert on the financial side of how much Valve is making, but it seems clear to me that the amount of events and the scale of them increase year by year so the popularity of these events must be beneficial in some way for them. In addition to that, the players are the critical piece of it all so it seems strange that sticker money is becoming less and less when the popularity and the amount of fans/spectators that has come into the scene has only grown. What exactly is Valve doing? I don’t know, but it’s been a trend in both esports divisions.
As a sidenote, I don’t think CS:GO needs TI, but a compendium would be great. Stickers are there for fans to support their favorite players/teams. The compendium is there for spectators to either buy the rewards/support the competitiveness of the tournament itself.