Network was amazing... best ever in the past 5 years! FITES staff was friendly as always and the overall organization was on point. We [vG] anxiously look forward to attending the annual event every year - already counting down the days until FITES 2017 Preface:
FITES doesn't even have to host tournaments, but they do and they are awesome for it. When we [vG] choose to sign up for tournament(s), we typically get even more excited for the LAN than we normally would which is a great feeling leading up the actual event. FITES 2012 will always hold a special place for us due to the incredible BF3 tournament. FITES has remained a "No Cash Prizes" event and I REALLY hope this never changes because it would cater to a whole different crowd. That said, since the tournaments are more casual, its not fair [for us, the attendees] to demand certain things when it comes to the tournaments... so I understand that makes my only gripe below a double edged sword.
Tournament length from start to finish. This year, the 3v3 RL tournament started ~12:30pm and didn't finish until ~8:30pm. Our team personally had a FOUR hour window between games which is rough because you never want to be "that team" that isn't available when the next game is ready (***cue one BF3 team in the past which will remain anonymous who decided to go to Benihana for 2 hours when we were ready to play***). So, what happens is you are in this constant state of 'standby' and it really messes up the flow of the LAN. Even with the casual mindset
, I feel there should be more time allotted between the tournaments and/or less tournaments overall. I believe this year there were multiple tournaments that didn't generate enough interest and were scrapped altogether (Street Fighter V (?), Mystery Tournament, DotA 2, etc) and there were still crazy delays with the tournaments that did happen. Let's be real, they are either 1) never starting on time or 2) overlapping and/or lasting HOURS longer than they should be. The latter point is what starts to create that ripple effect where a tournament can literally take 3/4 of a day. To FITES staff defense, they do their best to accommodate this overlap, but it can quickly spiral out of control... In conclusion, tournament structure should be reworked
so that either A) a loose (but strict) set of tournament rules are enforced or B) attendees that sign up for tournaments need to make sure their teams are ready when called upon otherwise they are disqualified... let's see how fast the tournaments start/finish with something like that in place