After you’ve fired your one of your hosts, Gabe Newell himself came out to give the production staff the flick and your flashy US$3 million tournament has been a shambles throughout, what more could go wrong?
If you’re a fan, it’s pretty simple. You’ve sat through the faulty cameras, lengthy delays, technical problems in-game and the awkward, stilted conversations on the panel. You just want closure. You just want to see teams win or lose.
Unfortunately, those who attended the Shanghai US$3 million major won’t get to see that live — because the delays are so significant that the venue had to close.
If you’re making a list of things that would mark an event as Pretty Bad, not being able to finish a day’s play in time is right up there. It’s horrendous for players, fans and organisers, costs money, takes more time and is thoroughly embarrassing.
Although that wasn’t the only embarrassing part of the event: after a long 17-hour slog, it soon eventuated that there weren’t enough shuttles to transfer the players, talent and staff back to the venue.
What a nightmare.