Hi and first of all congratulations on the successful launch ! Been following DE closely last year helping out every way I could to assure a stable release. Love the love poured into this and really enjoy the game!
One thing that worried me for well over a year now is the fact that there is currently 4 or so ways you could play Age of Empires II online. The “community official” way being voobly if I’m not mistaken. Thankfully we don’t have issues finding opponents on DE at the moment but nobody can predict what is to happen in the long run. And I would hate it if the game were empty and you’d spend more time searching for games than actually playing.
But then it hit me - why not go a step further and make it both innovative and fun while keeping everyone under the DE umbrella? imo it would be very beneficial for everyone if you could organize “official” events such as tournaments and time-limited achievements. I believe I’m not the only one when I say that I wish I could enter a tournament with people ~my skill level and experience a “skill budget competitive” aspect of AOE II.
And the way I would suggest you organize these events would be the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) business model. The way WWE works is they have monthly PPV events where the event’s match card is divided into “tiers” so to speak - leaving the main event for the end of the night, with “pre show” lower tier matches going live beforehand.
Imagine if we had monthly events (free or small entry fee or combination of both) where on a given day you’d have an elo 1500-1600 match (matches), elo 1700-1800, elo 1900-2000 and so forth… you could even organize a team to cast these and people could watch live on a streaming platform.
You’d have to meet a quota of ranked wins or %win rate in order to get into the pool for these events, and winning these games (or just participating) could earn you a unique profile picture ingame or taunt or unit skin…whatever works!
Heck it doesn’t have to be just one match per elo tier…maybe a full on tournament on a given weekend quarterly or a “tournament season” on top of these events…or scratch the WWE idea altogether and go with the way FIFA handles clubs and they have seasons and playoffs and all that.
The bottom line is - I believe it would be a very worthy investment to do something like this and keep everyone playing under DE instead of wandering on other versions of this game.
I understand there’s like 0.5% chance you might do something like this, but I really would hate myself if I didn’t post this for even a slight chance of some form given to DE would really make me happy and I believe be healthy for the game and community.
Thank you for reading! All the best brahs and brahettes!