Last night, after raising over $30,000 to benefit aid relief in Japan, we celebrated by shutting down In N Out with the sensuous, jab-spamming action that is Jackie Chan in Fists of Fire. Old rivalries were settled (ILLiterate is still world's #2), newcomers were converted and the fire of competitive Jackie roared back to life.
For the record, I'm dropping SSF4 (I really dislike AE), I'm not even bothering with Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Played it a lot. Don't care for it.) and I'm going strictly Mortal Kombat once it's out. The best part is that it's win-win. If it turns out great then I can help boost an awesome community all the way up to EVO. If it's awful then hey, that's a smaller player pool and great chance to make top 8!
I'll be at EVO as usual (This will be my sixth and my third year in a row) but I only plan to enter Mortal Kombat. I'll also be running a Jackie Chan side-tournament (last year we just had a gathering) but you seriously won't hear about that until the month of the event. Can't wait to land Mortal Kombat on the big stage. My goal is to fatality someone on stage and then totally freak out and make a huge dork out of myself. GET HYPE :)
Ok, I'm about to attempt to become.. THE GUY. Super Meat Boy stream is back up and this time it's nonstop The Kid until I unlock it or die trying. The window's open and I'm on the 3rd floor. Let's do this!
As Media Consultant for iPlayWinner I can tell you this with absolute certainty: There is no money to be made in running streams, which is why you've seen a lot less iPW streams with the exception of Starbase and majors. It's a lot of fun, sure, but it's also an incredible amount of hard work for something that, to be honest, it doesn't seem like a whole lot of people appreciate. In the end, running a big stream is more or less an advertisement for your site where there is potentially a lot more money involved what with better advertisers, referrals and all that good stuff. I seriously can't think of a stream we've done in which we've seen a significant return on investment, even with our streams doing 80,000 uniques in a weekend, where the effort couldn't have been put to better use on the website.
I love running streams but every time I run a major for iPlayWinner I'm constantly reminded why I stopped doing it.
Edit: Also, on the topic of donations, I've never liked it. Especially when, in the past, the people who beg most for donations don't actually invest back into the product.