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G7 Teams - Adopting a new format

Napisał mki, 25/08/2010 13:23

The announcement of the G7 teams in 2006 came as a revelation to every electronic sports enthusiast. The main objective of the G7 teams was to change the way pay-outs were to be handled by competition organizers in the future. Although in theory it was a great idea, unfortunately the G7 teams had no power to enforce such rules and the only thing they could do was issue warnings to or boycott organizations they believed would not pay out prize money. After their initial announcement, the G7 would go on to sit in the background in electronic sports; they would continue their meetings and minor activities, however not much would be accomplished.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Frag eXecutors and/or its partners.

The main problem of the G7 teams is that they have no power. Other than "connections" in high places, they have nothing. The G7 is a group of teams that makes sure to unify their actions. The reason that they have no power isn't their fault, but in some ways they do shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to being taken seriously.

The first problem is when the G7 goes back on their word. When the ESWC went bankrupt and refused to pay-out prize money the G7 had announced a boycott of all ESWC events. The ESWC went bankrupt owing many teams an unbelievable sum of money, at the forefront the current Frag eXecutors team (ex-PGS, MYM, Vitriolic, AGAiN). The G7 vowed to ALL teams, that they would do whatever was in their power to have the ESWC pay-out all owed money. Many were optimistic when the ESWC announced their plans for 2010 (including a final event in Paris, France). Unfortunately however they did not promise to pay-out money - instead they guaranteed the upcoming prize pot to be paid out through a bank guarantee. With this, the G7 teams decided not to boycott the competition which completely went back on their word. Although they did set certain guidelines for the ESWC to follow in the future, it leaves many wondering: Will the G7 go back on those guidelines they set?

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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#1 | mki | 25/08/2010 16:59 quote

Thanks to where they belong:

Łukasz "lecho" Leśniewski - for translating this article into Polish
Joanna "aSq" Dworakowska - for the graphics seen on the main page (HOT graphic)


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