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Armada gives his five major reasons for the attendance decline of Melee at EVO 2017

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 2, 2017 at 6:38 p.m. PDT • Comments: 67

You may have noticed that Melee's attendance numbers for EVO this year have dropped by quite a fair bit (given, a lot of games have seen a drop in attendance thanks to the high quantity of fighters).

The record for the largest Melee tournament to have been held is still EVO 2016, but the 2017 tournament's numbers are less than 2015's numbers as well.

In other words, the player count has dropped from 2,372 to 1,435. As you might expect, the pot size has dropped from $23,720 to $14,350.

Finally, just to top it all off, Melee will not have their finals day on the grand stage on Sunday. Finals will be held on Saturday instead.

Armada recently released a video which details his thoughts on this subject. Specifically, he lists the top five reasons why he thinks Melee attendance has dropped.

The reasons cited are Street Fighter 5 and Smash 4 losing players (minor crossover between player base), no Sunday slot for the game and EVO being more expensive than any other Smash major means you're getting less value for a high cost, there being more majors in 2016 than previous years, no teams event, and each set being best of three instead of best of five.

Hit the jump below to check out the video.

Armada's YouTube channel.

Photo source: Stephanie Lindgren.
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