I was curious just how worth it this whole tournament was for the developers, so I asked Hugh Jeremy and he told me that "gaming is about more than clicking pixels, it's about people -- An event like this creates human relationships and human experiences. It brings the experience of gaming out of the game world and into the real.
"It's very hard to make a quantitative measurement of the benefits of doing that, to our customers and to ourselves as a game developer. It's possible to quantify lots of things in life: Think about big free-to-play games ARPU'ing the shit out of their analyses. But at some points, quantitative measurement fails, and a business must make judgement calls. And we judge that the benefits of the Natural Selection 2 World Championship were pervasive, substantial, and far in excess of the costs incurred. So yes, it was worth it to Unknown Worlds."
So with that said, can we expect more tournaments in the future?
"If you look at the history of competitive Natural Selection 2 since launch, the trajectory is clear: 16 months since release, the events keep getting bigger and better," Hugh told me. "The depth and breadth of talent in the player community is growing deeper and broader -- And not just in terms of play, but in terms of casting, logistics, organization.
"This growth in event size and growth in talent leads us to believe that yes, there could be more tournaments in future. But at the core, that's not a question for us as the developer, that's a question for the players. And the last time that question was asked, they organized the World Championship. So if that is any indication of their future intentions, you can probably expect to see many more NS2 tournaments in future."
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