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CGS 2013
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Belarus
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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 7:12PM Topic: CGS 2013

This was my 3rd time attending CGS. After all the stuff that happened yesterday I can safely say that it is my last time I'll be attending.


Pros:
-Had a decent time with friends
-Harp Twins
-Great sponsors this year
-Livestream

Cons:
-The huge line for pre-registered attendees
-Tournaments moved at the last minute
-No headsets in our room (TF2/UT3 room)
-CS:GO cancelled last minute with no notification


After waiting in line over an hour to get in after pre-registering I realized that people who hadn't pre-regged were actually getting in before I was.


Once I got in, I went upstairs only to find that my tournament had been moved to the other building. That's fine, stuff comes up, I understand. I go to the other building and the room is packed--they've squished TF2, UT3, and (we thought) CS:GO in one room with less than 20 computers. Our headsets were apparently taken by the LOL people, so we couldn't communicate effectively whatsoever. The tournaments were fairly unorganized overall and hectic. Those of us there for CS:GO found out in the morning that we wouldn't actually be able to play, even though we'd practiced for (combined) hundreds of hours for the event.

After all of this, my team won TF2. I had totally hyped this event up to all my friends. We brought tons of newcomers to the tournament and those that couldn't make it were watching the Twitch stream. I saw the great sponsors (BenQ, Plantronics, etc) and expected this to be the best CGS ever. Even after all the hiccups throughout the day, I knew for sure I'd be getting great prizes. Not so. My TF2 team won Dust-Off wipes, a box of Monster to share among us, and the plaques. This was for first place. In the past, I've won Razer mice, Gunnar glasses, Vibras headsets, etc. My team of 4 paid $40, practiced hours, and won our tournament to receive what amounted to less than our entry fees.

It was unorganized, the Twitch streams were overall disappointing, and the prizes quite frankly sucked. I won't be attending again and I know quite a few others who feel the same way.

[Edited on 02/03/13 @ 7:28PM]
Vaah

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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 7:20PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

2nd most of this. Feel pretty bad for our tournament organizers (especially TF2/UT3) for having to deal with and work around sub-par equipment.

Big shoutout to Thomas Lanier for making TF2 happen and keeping it all together.
Belarus
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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 7:26PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

nvm

[Edited on 02/03/13 @ 7:28PM]
Vaah

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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 8:46PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

A fundraiser event should be labeled as such, rather than a regional convention/tournament event.
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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 9:00PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

While I"m sure more volunteers would have made things run smoother, there was just a lack of communication in general for the entire event, that really showed through this year (and wasn't there last year).

As an event organizer and college student myself, of the largest gaming club in the southeast, running 150-250 persons events, I'm just a little caught off guard that you are saying people need to realize that this is a fundraiser event. I don't see how that is relevant at all to the quality of an event. Dedicated staff (volunteers or not) that all have the same organized game plan going on, is what is going to make or break the event. We run our events with a 10 person administration (All students, unpaid for running these events). We make $0 profit, and run these events off of about a $25 budget out of my own pocket. We've had people from MD/VA to FL show up to these events. I'm not saying any of this to brag, or hype ourselves; just to say that having a Fundraiser isn't much of a valid excuse for some of the things that went on. (Especially when things like Tshirts were made available, etc. The funding is there, just possibly not utilized in the best ways).


Things that went well:
- Joshua did an amazing job running Brawl / Melee as usual. He was really understaffed the entire time, but made it work (He utilized attendees on the spot that were well known in the community and willing to help out, in order to keep things running super smooth).
- Really cool shirts. I really loved the design of the shirts, and am overall quiet jealous of them. T_T
- Venue was neat, clean, etc. No parking issues. Overall felt like a great event from the outside.

Constructive Critism:
-Preregistration line was moving LITERALLY at 1 person at a time, with the door being help close behind each attendee (All the while 2 fully staffed tables were set up to receive). Last year it was more like 4 attendees per table, with a total of 8 at a time. This would have alleviated all of the holdup.
- Notification of cancelled tournament. We were told the CS:GO tournament was cancelled the day before the event. This is more than ample time to be able to email everyone that was signed up for the event, and let them know. (CGS already having emails, etc. etc.) Even a forum post would have been acceptable.
- General disorganization of Tournament Organizers (TOs). A few of the TOs didn't seem to have the experience or maturity to be able to run a tournament of 25-30 people. I know that all the TOs were volunteers, and you have to utilize resources as best as possible, but maybe sticking someone that was 18+ years old with the younger TOs, or 1 experienced with each non-experienced would have allowed for a lot more organization, without any need for more staff.
- The sponsors list for this year was HUGE. Coming from our club with only 3 corporate sponsors, we were very excited to see what kind of prizes/sponsor opportunities would be available this year at CGS, and because of that, brought about 35-40 of our members to the event. I didn't see very much utilization of sponsor resources. From what I noticed, BenQ monitors were all used for console TV's (aside from Brawl/Melee), which is great. Aside from that, sponsors such as Alienware, Gamecon and GamesBizWire seemed to be nonexistent. While its great to be able to have sponsors provide things like funds, etc, its even better for community members to have the opportunity to compete for a chance to win some big prizes (Those BenQ monitors retail for around ~$250-$300; one or two of those could have been some HUGE hype). As posted before, I came in 2nd in a tournament, and the prize was the same from 1st - 3rd.. a Tshirt (3 tshirts for a 4 man team) and screen wipes. If all of these games are going to be advertised alongside these sponsors, it would be nice to see some accompanying prizes.


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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 9:14PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

^^^Agrees with Joe. To reiterate on my topic. I'm not saying it's all CGS's fault. Yes they were unexpectedly understaffed. That can cause a lot of problems especially if you realized it the day of, but I can't help the feeling that something could have been done. So far from what I'm reading, the only one that successfully made the best of a bad situation is the guy that ran the SSB tournaments.
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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 9:56PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

I had a huge post but most of the others like Belarus and Joe showed my points.

I want to say that, that guy that does the tournament for Smash every year. Puts his heart into it. Its always such a cluster in that room. He needs a volunteer award for sure. He continuously organizes a quality tournament every single time.

I forgot his name but someone please post it, he really needs to be recognized for always doing an awesome job.
joe.
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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 10:04PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

His name is Joshua Parker.
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Post Date: 02/03/13 @ 11:11PM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

Hey everyone I'll mention one thing then comment on the rest at a later time.

I removed Gilbert's post because unfortunately while he means well he does not have a full understanding of the event at this time.

He has been a valued member of our volunteer group for years and just is not aware of some major changes that have happened in the past few months.

The only thing I wanted to mention was that we moved UT3,CS:GO, and TF2 into the same room to try and increase the pre-registrations for these events. This happened the Tuesday before the event. Basically no one had registered for those events and so we combined them to allow players to join all three instead of just one of them.

Also that room has 31 PCs not 20 as previously stated. Everything happens for a reason and well that was our thought process. If I had more volunteers I might have made a different decision. But there were other factors as well that could have just as easily prevented TF2 from happening at all. But the event went on and we made it to today!


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Post Date: 02/04/13 @ 12:12AM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

I have a few comments as well about this year's event. I have been a total of 4 times. I used a different name this year that's why it doesn't show up. I went in 2009, 2011, 2012, and this year obviously. I got my buds from Sensory Gaming involved in this as they didn't know about the event and how down to earth the event is and they should contact Mike Everett to see if they could help in any way. I got people from Florida and South Carolina to come for Black Ops and ofcourse had friends/family play in Halo 4 ran pretty smoothly(they won), Starcraft 2 ran pretty smoothly(Peter won) and Gears of War 3 which was a total disaster. My wife and I played League and that for the most part was ran very smooth. I am a big supporter of this event and just wanted to say that this year was a let down. Like everyone is saying about the pre-reg line. It was a joke. It would of been nice to know why it was taking so long while we were waiting outside. Years in the past it has rained, imagine if that was the case this year. When they did the line switch my friends who came for GoW 3 went to the pre-reg entrance (they came to the line 10 minutes after me) and since there was noone there they were told it was moved to the back near the cafeteria. Well he got in immediately because there was no line. Meanwhile the pre-reg line is lapping the building. When he came out and saw me still in line he was confused because I got there before he did and I sat out there for over an hour. I saw what my friends won for Halo 4 and Starcraft 2. The plaques were nice in my opinion as always and the medals are cool too but I don't get why the prizes were so little. Last year when I came in second for GoW 3 I received a pack of monster, a nice pc bag for (cont)
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Post Date: 02/04/13 @ 12:18AM Topic: Re: CGS 2013

carrying keyboard, mouse, headset, etc. We also got signed posters from the staff at EPIC Games and a few other nice things. This year as many have stated it was small. Also there was numerous technical difficulties in many rooms and during the award ceremony. I love how this event is growing and I'm not trying to bring the staff down and I know Mike Everett tries his hardest people (do you really think he doesn't care ? He does!) but I was left disappointed big time. Maybe since this event is growing in size it could be spread out over a few days. That would help the city out with business and such. I know this isn't some event made for profit but for community I just don't know if I can come back next year after dealing with that line. The staff really should of said something to the people outside waiting. Telling them why the line wasn't moving for over 30 minutes. Like seriously noone moved at all and nothing was said by the staff. Anyways that's enough negativity. On a positive note though I thought it was awesome you guys got the Harp Twins to come! Charles Mercer
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