|Craig "Torbull" Levine: One of the founders and active member of G7 Teams|
This perfectly brings up the second problem of the G7 teams. To first address this issue one must first ask the necessary questions: Why did the G7 go back on their word? Why did they decide to compete in the 2010 ESWC event although they promised to boycott it? Believe it or not, electronic sports are a business, which is a great thing actually! If electronic sports wouldn't be able to support itself financially, there would be no point for companies to continue on sponsoring professional teams and organizations. Unfortunately professional gaming teams such as FnaticMSI, SK Gaming and Frag eXecutors will usually do what's in THEIR OWN best interests. This sometimes overlaps in what is best for electronic sports, but not always. When the ESWC announced the bank guarantee of their prize money all of these teams quickly jumped on the ESWC train and "postponed" their boycott. If the G7 teams wish to do what's best for them and not electronic sports they should disband the G7 teams or hand over the reins to someone who is unbiased. So far the visible actions by the G7 teams are not encouraging the community to support them and eventually, they will lose the support of other teams outside of the G7.
The third and final issue and probably the most important issue at the same time is the organizational structure of the G7 teams. The G7 is just a group of teams that meet together to talk about electronic sports related issues. This makes them more of an activist group that has no real power. If the G7 would adopt a different format they could really move forward with their goal of having event organizers pay-out. There are a few different formats the G7 could adapt, however I would recommend a course of action that would require events to earn the G7's approval.
|SK Gaming: One of the original G7 Teams organizations|
To kick things off, the G7 should first off not go back on their word. They should think every decision through thoroughly and once they announce their decision, they should stick by it. This will ensure that event organizers know that the G7 is serious. Next, the G7 should choose which events they approve. Every major event should be formally approved by the G7 - the G7 could even create a graphic that the event organizer can put on their website bragging that they are a "G7 approved" event. The G7 teams should only compete in G7 approved events. Even if the prize pot is guaranteed but the event is not approved, teams should not participate. Although this is an extreme measure it will send a clear message to all event organizers that they must fulfill promises to attract the top teams. To add to these measures the G7 could go even further and add a G7 approved teams list. Obviously the G7 won't accept every team into the G7, but they could send a message to teams that aren't sponsored by making a list of organizations that they believe are reliable and true to their word.
With these measures the G7 will become something people strive to be approved by. It will make the G7 more powerful because event organizers and other organizations will strive to earn the praise of the G7 teams. After a few years, the G7 will have much more to say and much more reputability. This will only help electronic sports grow as e-sports are in dire need of such an organization that keeps event organizers in check. The G7 has the chance to become a major player which they aren't taking advantage as of right now. If only they would change the way they run the show, maybe they could really make a difference, rather than just make empty promises.
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