On Friday evening, the result of a few weeks of negotiation between Wargaming and the Admins and owners of the King of the Sea tournament (Tobiassho, Ataww, Eclaire and Gitaristing) was made public. The tournament King of the Sea will now be owned and managed by WG instead of being simply sponsored by them.
Farewell to a devoted team of admins
After years of good and loyal service, the admin team retires from their heavy commitment and hand over the tournament’s keys. I myself took part in quite a few King of the Sea editions, may it be as a player or as an adjudicator and I can only thank them for all their hard work and devotion in managing such an amazing community-organized event.
In a last announcement on the King of the Sea Discord, Eclaire as well as MrConway (from Wargaming) addressed the members of the Discord to clarify the situation and to give some precisions on how things will evolve starting from now.
The future of the King of the Sea
Before anyone goes batshit crazy, screaming that Wargaming are doing this just to bring Carriers to the King of the Sea, you can put that pitchfork down.
They are not planning to add them in the foreseeable future, mostly due to the spotting issue. However, as you may know, there are still some internal testings being done to limit the spotting provided by carriers. If these end up being successful and reach live servers, then things might change for the King of the Sea as well.
Of course, even with that in mind, they aren’t going to shove CVs in if they see that the community is against it.
When it comes to why Wargaming decided to acquire the tournament, there are multiple reasons.
The first and most obvious one is that this way, they will have full control of the tournament. This will make it easier for them to organize things, may it be the sign-ups or choosing the most suited dates so that it doesn’t overlap with things like Clan Battles. It will also make it easier to manage the streaming coverage.
There is also a certain will to evolve the tournament and make it bigger in the future. As for what it exactly means, time will tell us. Hopefully, we will have some more improvements for the training’s room interface as such as seeing directly the layout of capture points when setting up things in the lobby.
Another reason for WG to acquire the King of the Sea is having legal management of the tournament. This would open up the possibility of future third-party sponsored editions, similar to the Verizon’s Warrior Championship that took place in December 2020.
In the end, we aren’t in an “It’s the end of the world scenario”. Wargaming aren’t acquiring the tournament to kill it, CVs will still be kept away (at least for now) and Gitaristing and co get their hands freed of a heavy burden which ends up being a good thing for the admin team, as the future KOTS XII would have been hard to handle due to their respective personal lives.
In any case, the most important for me is that I will keep my little news channel on the King of the Sea Discord! My precciiiiious channel!
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