Our last LAN event brought more awareness and more new members to the community. We want every event we put on the bring a little bit of OCN to people who have not yet experienced it. We are known as a community that welcomes new people with open arms. Check out our New Members forum :) So I don't think anyone is discouraging new people from participating in our community. We all know that both members and lurkers make this community run. I think the only point of contention is when people flaunt the fact that they don't care about our community and only care about the prizes. I know that percentage is small :)
Because this event was announced with relatively short notice, we wanted to ensure a somewhat broad outreach. This is indeed an OCN event - but if we only end up with 50 OCNers who could make it, it would be a lot less fun and a lot less people could enjoy the event.
So to clear things up:
- This will be a more PUG style LAN event. Initial thinking for this event is that you WILL be able to choose part of your team, but the other part will be random. Adapt or lose. Should be fun and bring the best of both worlds to this PUG style event.
- We WILL have "competitive" LAN events after this. I promise you this :) I have already earmarked $10,000 in prizing for a competitive LAN event in Toronto early next year (in addition to the one referenced earlier). We will continue to support competitive gaming.
- If required, "older" OCN members will get priority registration over member who just joined after this event was announced. This will only happen if we end up with more than 112 registering. Initial thoughts are to give "older" OCN member two days to register. If you don't register within those two days, you could risk losing your spot to someone new to the community. Again, we welcome new members to the community. I think meeting some of the OCN members in person will be a great way to find out what we are all about :)
Does this help?