'I can’t say they’ve been able to accommodate every change, but the lengths they’ve gone to have surprised' - Sajam on the ups and downs of ELeague

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • April 2, 2017 at 1:03 p.m. PDT

TBS' ELeague was quite the departure from the traditional fighting game event. Bright lights and player promos highlighted the tournament's high-end production value, while the lack of a studio audience a few other nuances continually reminded viewers that they weren't in Kansas anymore.


Though viewership numbers were consistently high, (they surpassed 25k and held from midday to early evening on a Monday) the FGC expressed dissatisfaction with things like the aforementioned lack of live audience, game volume and frequent breaks.

Having made it through the week, commentator Stephen "Sajam" Lyon has come forward with an insider's perspective on how things went and how willing to adjust on the fly producers were.

"Despite our feedback, the first day of ELEAGUE was criticized by many to feel like what FGC members feared, sterile... Within the next two days, the team was constantly willing to improve, no matter how small things seemed, to help create something fighting game fans could enjoy," he explains.
Indeed we quickly saw changes from day to day as transition music filled the space after matches concluded, breaks were had after more than just one set, and host Richard Lewis noted that Friday's event would feature a live audience on multiple occasions.

"I’m excited about the future, because of how quickly ELEAGUE has adjusted" continues Sajam. "Within the next two days, the team was constantly willing to improve, no matter how small things seemed, to help create something fighting game fans could enjoy."

For those who felt the event lacked the more grimy and feud-driven side of the FGC, day three's showdown between EG|K-Brad and Wolfkrone led to some of the harsher exchanges we've seen on major event live streams.

If you caught all four days of ELeague, we'd love to hear your feedback on how you felt things went. Did you take issue with how things went on Monday, and were they significantly better by Thursday? Feel free to chime in in the comments below.

You can check out Sajam's full article over on the ELeague main page, and be sure to follow him on Twitter if you don't already.
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