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Advice to CA (I hope someone reads it from management):
Why does Shogun 2 fail as e-sports?
Like all Total War games, this game has huge potential to be a e-sports trademark like Starcraft 2, Dota etc. but fails due to CA management and ignorance of multiplayer support.
-It has strategy. (player interest)
-It has excitement. (player interest)
-It has player decisions and change of pace during the game. (player interest)
-It has dedicated fan-base. (sponsor interest)
-It has fame, everyone knows total war. (sponsor interest)
If properly cared, game will be more famous, more people will play / watch on live channels, lot's of sponsors and money will be on the line. However, like today, you cannot just setup a multiplayer ladder and leave it like that, you have to monitor it, control it and need to adress balance problems.
Instead CA choose to focus on expansions, DLC's, and other stuff, forgetting the fact that they can earn more money by e-sports than DLC ****.
Blizzard did a ok game with Starcraft 2, but it's never near as good as Total war, Skyrim etc. But still people play more starcraft 2 why? Their developers dedicate time into multiplayer.
Dota was a legend of Warcraft 3, Dota 2? It will be a great game and will come as a monster on e-sports? Even today, the copy cats of Dota does well on e-sports. Is dota 2 a better game than total war? For me no, but their developers dedicate time into multiplayer.
I understand you want to keep Total war as single player, but there is so much potential that you are missing out. You spend tremendous amount of time to design the game, and let it die within 1-2 years. Why?
You need a dedicated team of people that support multiplayer side of the game. This includes administration and control of balance changes, cheats, corner campers, bugged retainers, bugged game mechanics (speed etc.), reset veterans/heros etc. in other words the needs of the multiplayer fan-base.
You don't need to add new stuff and DLC, just fix whatever you have now for the sake of multiplayer fan-base, otherwise Total War will never be within e-sports in the future.
For all those that will answer this thread, don't tell me your stories about 1-2 irrelevant tournaments, or 1-2 famous clans, by e-sports you know what I mean serious, professional gaming that attracts sponsors.