I think the one question that was asked to me more than any other during Saturday’s tournament was, “So, when’s EAT4 gonna be?”
Last year’s tournament really took a lot out of me. Between the whole postponement/non-postponement debacle, the fiasco surrounding the PA finals, Skid’s reaction to the DMX event (needless to say, that’s probably the last DMX competition you’ll see at EA), and all of the other minor issues that sprung up (like me spending $100 on pizzas and having them all look like they were delivered through the mail slot), I was on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to go through the whole thing again. Obviously, participants are less concerned about the behind-the-scenes stuff as the organizer is, but the whole prospect of putting the whole event together is exhausting and quite stress-inducing.
On the plus side, In the Groove has really caught on in SoCal. RGC Alpha brought in 42 players, a couple of them from out of state. All the matches were really competitive and fun to watch. (The running percentage counter at the top of the screens is a major help in this regard.) And obviously, if people are coming to me about EAT4, obviously the EAT series has developed a bit of a following.
It appears as if I’m going to be talked into holding EAT4 after all. Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not Electric Ave. is sold on the concept. But as long as I don’t make them commit to a prize budget like last year, they should be OK with it. Now I just need to figure out a format that A) accomodates a large field, since I get the sense that the field of 32 players will become the norm; and B) doesn’t take nine hours to complete. This was the one major drawback to RGC Alpha, although the re-qualifying issue may have had something to do with it.