From a player perspective, I don’t have an issue with paying an extra dollar. As others have stated, $1 is a nominal cost.
I have a problem with this money being use to solely increase the prize pool amounts for State/National Championships. I wasn’t aware that any of those contenders were complaining about lack of prize money. I’d happily contribute money to help pay IFPA staff, maintain the website, run more/better events, etc… I cannot see how an enormously large prize pool for the top 10% of players will further the growth of pinball.
From a TD perspective, this is definitely an additional burden for me. Not all locations will be willing to take on the fee. I can already envision complaints about why I’m subtracting money from the prize pool or whether or not I should allow certain players to opt-out of the fee. I’m dreading having to explain to novice players that a portion of their money is going to a prize pool that they have practically no chance of winning. This gives me serious reservations as to whether or not I want to continue running IFPA-sanctioned events in the future.
Once this policy is implemented, I think we’ll see less growth in new players and less tournaments being run. As an avid lover of the hobby and community, that is incredibly disheartening to me.