TF2TV deserves a good round of patting-itself-on-the-back. They did good work, and I fully expect them to continue doing good work…they only thing that’s really changing over there seems to be the name. That said, I’m obviously not sold on the whole ‘merger’ thing, as I don’t think there’s a case to be made as to why simply putting a cellophane wrapper around TF2TV, the ESL/pirate radio efforts, and VanillaTF2 adds value to any one of the components, but that’s another story.
This story is about a compulsory need, that exhibits itself too often in gaming, to shit on other projects doing something similar to yours while on your way in, on your way out, and everywhere in between. Yes, I’ve done some tongue-in-cheek 30-second promotional things on my streams taking jabs at others, but they were more gags than anything; they certainly stopped short of the disdain that people carry for everything else going on in the gaming sector when they, with a sense of heroic selflessness and an immaculate vision, swoop down over the scene to deliver the righteous awesomeness only they had the sense to deliver.
That’s why I was annoyed at the way the people behind pwnage.tv conducted themselves over the course of their existence. That’s why I was extremely annoyed at the behavior of the NASL and the Wellplayed.org people that came to crash my blog after I committed the unspeakable act of criticism.
Combine it with a blithe ignorance of what actually went on in the scene and you get this:
Before TF2TV existed, in 2010, there was a bit of a hole in the TF2 casting market, namely, the lack of easily accessible coverage though streaming video (instead of just mumble + stv), a way to view vods and maybe more importantly then that, an opportunity for people to be able to sit down on almost any given day of the week, grab a bottle of wine, a beer or maybe some soda, and just enjoy and watch TF2 coverage. Up until that point, there was some TF2 coverage around, definitely, but while the quality of the casts itself was great, there was a large lack of content. ETF2L radio and eXtv were one of the few content producing platforms around, and both had severe limitations, ETF2L radio was bound to ETF2L, meaning that their coverage casts from other leagues or cups (ESL, Wireplay, ESH, etc.) could be problematic. eXtv on the other hand is mostly the work of eXtine, who is located on the other side of the pond, making it hard for the European TF2 community to watch American casts live and hard for him to do European coverage, or having to wait for the post production vods which could take quite a few days to produce.
Since TGBF’s redesign went live in mid-2009, we had done over 100 shows between then and late 2010 when we wrapped things up. That’s where Extine did all his live casts for that period of time. We did roughly the same amount of shows between mid-2008 and mid-2009.
This was the storyline from the very get-go of TF2TV, and it’s a slap in the face to people who had been busting their asses to put out what coverage they could for years before these blokes had their ‘cocktail napkin’ moment.
I don’t see the need to try to inflate yourselves further on the backs of a story with large gaping holes in it due to lack of market research or laziness or just plain willful ignorance. Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done, but leave the rest well enough alone, please, because you might unintentionally piss other people off that were working just as hard and giving just as much as you had.