‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast
Valve announced Monday changes to the Major system in Dota 2. I assume the reaction was based off Tobiwan’s comments about the problem with the current competitive system. Valve has now included third party tournament organizers into the decision making and are making a schedule. To integrate it better, they’ve included qualifying points for The International. Although this solves part of the problem, it doesn’t solve the core issue of how Valve treats the Dota 2 community. Nor does this explain what kind or how sponsorship will work.
One of the reasons I liked the old system better was because it was brilliant in its self-sustainability. By selling skins in crates to virtual ticket buyers, what you’re doing is essentially making the fan one of the primary sponsors of the tournament. In addition to that, it is one of the most elegant ways I’ve seen to parlay casual interest into the competitive side as well. Artists are an integral part of the system and something I think still needs to be looked at.