I really like you, I'm a sub, but I agree with previous comments that the big casters, with the exception of Memb, did not really help support the event this time. It was a good opportunity for AoE2 to shine, however, I think personal egos prevailed.
PS The streams were very long so I really think more and more people will watch it VOD in the upcoming weeks
So I can only speak for myself but
-I played the ECL Trailer multiple times when in front of 3k+ viewers during the Mono Cup event sponsored by Escape.
- I spoke to my audience on various streams and answered various questions about my attendance and the dates over the last month.
- My discord announcements notified people of my participation in the LAN, the dates, and the link.
-I retweeted, favorited about the event on twitter. I shared about the event on my Facebook.
-My twitch title had a command in the title which directed people directly to the ECL LAN.
-A youtube video I uploaded on the 29th (with 35k views) spoke specifically about the LAN, the teams there, and where it would be streamed live (as well as the link.)
- I casted many stages of ECL to large viewership throughout the past year (Nili and Memb did even more) which may have played a part.
This is pretty much what I did for Hidden Cup 2 (with a few exceptions like qualifier and what not.) Content creators are in the public eye and with that criticism will come, and I've been deserving of it in the past. But as I said I really feel like there are many factors to consider outside the 3 day LAN itself. It hurts to see these type of comments because everyone there put in a lot of time and effort. Many of us are sick due to the travel and time invested. I truly feel everyone did a great job, it's just that previous events set a really high bar for viewership. Without NAC and HC2 we'd all be going wild that an aoe2 studio hit 7k viewers just 9 months into it's existence!