And to the original topic. When it was just the papa circuit this was done solely on critiquing of the event from surveys by the players in each event. None of these factors you mention were part of the survey ratings.
I don’t see much merit in a lot of these. Hours of streaming for merit points? We run 24 hours non stop. We do stream it. Do we have like commentary the whole time? Hell no. Format matters too. Pump and dump for 3 days straight? Who wants to watch that many hours of repetitive grinding solo gameplay? Not me. It’s all in context.
Prize pools? Again this is just and inflated thing. Everyone charges differently. Mag fest was pointed out as they can’t payout. Other events have a low entry free and low payouts? Do we want everyone to jack tournament fees to 200$ just to boost the merit value?
Being attached to shows is a double edged sword. As the organoer of a circuit event. It attaches to the show it allows us to Fully focus on the tournament itself and not it’s surroinsongs. I’m able to make sure people have fun PLAYING the tournament. What they do outside of it isn’t my business :). On the other side I run a tournament at a major show as well and it has a chance at also being on the circuit. This has a whole different approach. I have to cater my tournament around the show. Schedule the hours within certain restraints. Be aware of what else the show is offering and allow people to also partake in that if they choose too. Just because a show is attached doesn’t mean the event has more merit. Same with having several “side” or “classic” tournaments. Some players like those. Some don’t. Sometimes it’s fighting for people’s time. At a show multiple tournaments really kill people chances to enjoy everything the show has to offer. We’ve been lucky and I think struck a good balance at lintastic where people fully enjoy what the show has to offer but also get to play in a fun and fairly valuable tournament.
Sponsorship is great for helping boost prize pool or covering operating costs sure but it’s by no means necassary. I e enjoyed not having sponsors myself so far as I don’t have to worry about selling my soul to them for a few dollars
Number of players is the only one I kinda see but even then it’s hard. Not many places can fit over 60-70 players besides shows. We squeeze 100 into the 24 hour. I’d love to expand but our facility is at max capacity with all the games needed for a matchplay event. I wouldn’t knock a kick ass event down if it had a cap of 64 due to size of the venue especially if it had like a 400 person waitlist.
Most of these things I think have pros and cons and doesn’t do much good for rating events for the circuit.
If you wanted to do something where on top of current system there is also the survey system of the players at the events make it a 0-100% rating or something and if the events average rating drops below a certain threshold it gets knocked off for a year or two and then can come back on if the points are still there. That might work ok.