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I 100% agree with you. Without adequate financial backing it is likely that this will not go past the first season. However Ayre is very much still in its infancy. To be able to get sponsors like Microsoft on board, we need to be able to show said sponsors that it is worth investing in us. Due to our infancy we haven't yet been able to produce a product that we can use to prove to sponsors that this will be a worth wile investment to them. So prize pools will be smaller at the start, but I am in talks with Nili about the APT as a whole and this is a topic that will come up as we get closer to the bigger events.Reading through your tour guide pdf found on liquipedia you say this: "It was designed with the desire to bring Age of Empires 2 closer to what you would expect from big esports titles such as DOTA 2, Counter-Strike and Starcraft II. All these esports have a proper pro circuit where all events give teams and players points, which they then use to more accurately seed players into more tournaments, which theoretically makes tournaments more competitive."
This is all well and good but the reality is the reason a pro circuit works in other games is because they offer large prize pools and from the looks of it that's not the case here. How much will be on the line for the global finals? Was this pitched to Nili/Microsoft? This unfortunately looks like a great idea that won't go anywhere without real funding.