Official Update on the 2017 Skullgirls Tour
Earlier this week, we officially announced the Skullgirls Tour, with the assistance of Smash.GG, complete with five offline events (CEOtaku, GUTS 4, REVOlution, NWM, and CB) and seven online events. At the time of our announcement, three of the offline events had already reached completion and were retroactively awarded points and standings in the Skullgirls Tour. The Skullgirls Community reached out to us regarding this and gave fantastic feedback regarding this. It is our belief as the tournament organizers for this tour that the community should be the first and foremost priority in this event. That being said, we have decided at this time to completely change the format of the 2016-2017 Skullgirls Tour.
Firstly, we will be using the 2017 Tour as a precursor tour, meaning that the standings and events held during this event will be utilized as a preliminary tournament to the 2018 Tour. We will not be including the standings from any events that were held in 2016, with the exception of REVOlution, in the 2017 Skullgirls Tour, meaning that this year’s offline events will be REVOlution, NorthWest Majors, and Combo Breaker. We will still be rewarding participants for this year’s event, but our major focus with the 2017 Tour is to assist us in preparation for a much larger tour next year (2018 Skullgirls Tour), which will start in September 2017 with CEOtaku and complete May 2018 with Combo Breaker. It is our hope that we can learn and grow with the precursory tour so that the 2018 Skullgirls Tour will be nearer to the community’s dreams for Skullgirls.
Secondly, the observance of the point system was not explain very thoroughly in our original statement and we apologize for our lack of clarity. The main goal of the point system is to incentivize players to participate in offline events, while still rewarding players that participate in online events. With that in mind, our point system awards a larger amount of points to participants of an offline tournament than an online tournament. Previously, we did have a singular point structure for our online events and a singular point structure for our offline events, but we have come to decide that as each region will have a varying number of online/offline events, that model will not best meet the regional requirements. The point system will remain for all North American events, but will be modified for the Brazilian and European events, allowing a more fair and balanced scoring system.
While we will be using a scoring system that incorporates all regions in the event, we will be rewarding prizes on a regional basis, meaning that we can actively honor and reward players from each region with recognition.
Finally, while we did not give explicit confirmation that there will be preventive and active measures taken to lower any chance of rollback, lag, or otherwise poor connection in online tournaments, we want to stress to everyone that this is a very important subject of concern and we will have rules and regulations to prevent connection from negatively affecting gameplay in this tour. We would also like to officially announce that, with a few exceptions, all tournaments will be regionally locked and the only people that may participate in the tournaments must reside in the region the tournament is taking place in. We will continue to work with smash.gg to confirm that matches are as fair as possible.
Thank you very much for your feedback and we greatly look forward to the remainder of the 2017 Skullgirls Tour!