The following thread came up into my mind after i’ve been struggling in Evolve lobbies (WHERE IS EVERYONE?)
Whether you like it or not.
Whether you are a more casual player or a more hardcore player.
Whether you’re a forger, machinima maker, or screenshotter.
Whether you prefer social/competitive playlist.
If you enjoy the multiplayer side of Evolve, it is imperative that you support eSports, even if you might not know it.
On these forums, there a lot more “Casual” players that prefer the fun aspect over the competitiveness of the game, and you know what? That’s completely fine.
While Evolve is a good game, no one can argue that Evolve relevancy as a multiplayer platform has been on a very steep decline over the past months. Despite many people on these forums enjoying Halo/cod multiplayer experience, the fact is that the population for the game dropped liked an anchor, and arguably killed the already declining Evolve eSports scene. Thankfully, TRS has proven that they are capable of supporting Evolve competetively until the end of it’s hopefully long life-span.
See, Halo/cod has always been a primarily USA/CANADA thing. This is fine, but it could do better. In areas where eSports is absolutely huge, Evolve is indeed minuscule. Almost embarrassingly so. While this can be attributed to many factors, such as the popularity of the Evolve brand in those areas, but if the game is appealing enough in those areas, Evolve can transcend the Xbox/PS4 brand.
If the Evolve eSports scene continues to grow and flourish in the areas it’s already more prominent in, the popularity of the brand will leak overseas. The higher the prizepools, the more overseas (from an NA perspective, mind you.) organizations and teams will participate in Evolve eSports. The more overseas teams that are competing, the higher the chance of those overseas teams winning or placing well at events. And, the higher the success of foreign teams, the higher the viewership and amount of enthusiasts in those areas. Ultimately, this leads to more people purchasing the game, purchasing merchandise, and spreading positive word of mouth to their friends who end up doing the same. If this happens, TRS puts more effort into catering and satisfying these new fans, and the brand continues to expand. But the thing is this: none of this will be possible if we don’t support Evolve eSports. Us, the core EVOLVERS.
So, how can we support Evolve eSports? What does supporting Evolve eSports even mean?
The fact is that there are many ways that we can support the competitive Evolve scene, and in turn the entire Evolve brand. I will list a few:
-Watching Twitch.tv Streams. On an individual level, content creators over at Twitch make more revenue from their streams than from videos on Youtube. Twitch is a way to introduce or teach a large and eager audience new games. If a game is popular on Twitch, newcomers to the franchise will become attracted to these streams, and potentially buy the game. Or maybe, the brand new Youtube gaming platform.
-Starting a Twitch.tv stream or make Youtube videos yourself. There are already many big Youtubers for Evolve and there always will be. But there aren’t any “big” Twitch Plenty of talented pros stream over at twitch, but most Evolve streamers are simply good players, and not good Streamers. We need more personalities to step up to the plate and create a real Twitch presence.
-Watching events. This is probably the most direct way you can support eSports. Organizations like MLG or ESL all rely on viewership to keep going. No matter how competitive League of Legends was, or how much money it made via microtransactions, events would not be held for it if people did not watch them.
-Get invested into the scene, and support small fan-sites. The reason why a lot of people not like spectating Evolve or can get really into it, is that it’s admittedly not the easiest eSport to find out more about. Websites like teambeyond.net or battlefly make doing this a lot more accessible, and also interesting. The more you are invested into the drama of these eSports teams, the more likely you are to become a loyal fan to a certain team, which in turns means you’ll be more compelled to watch events or support Evolve in other ways.
-Tell your friends. Spreading positive word of mouth and hyping up the Evolve scene can do A LOT. If you have perhaps more casual Evolve friends, or even friends who might be gamers but not into Evolve, sharing information about the game, and showing them clips of competitive Evolve might influence their opinion on the game, and make them more likely to participate. Once again, this grows the brand.
-Playing the game. Though there are more ways to help support Evolve, this will be the last on my list. The idea is simple, yet vital. Evolve population dropped like a brick as mentioned before. This caused a decline in event viewership and pro participation. By simply playing the game and contributing to a healthy population, TRS will recognize this and continue supporting the playerbase. Obviously, if you do not enjoy playing Evolve, don’t force yourself. But if you want to support Evolve future and enjoy the game, try to make a habit out of playing the game often, if not disruptive or consuming from your lifestyle. It is just a game, after all.
In Summary: If Evolve eSports scene grows, so does the mindshare of the brand. As Evolve expands in popularity in regions where it might not have been popular originally. There are many ways to support the future of Evolve and you can do your part without having to really dedicate yourself to the actual game. Finally, please consider sharing this post or idea with your other friends as it will help our (Evolve fans) cause.