TI6 is days away, and the massive prize pool proclaimed loudly by Valve. In light of the money involved, reliable servers would be nice.
Valve, owning a digital game marketplace and making the overwhelming majority of their profits from it, have a great deal of experience in keeping servers afloat. It is their main source of revenue, after all, and they have nothing to gain from upsetting loyal customers.
Thinking about things in this way leads me to believe that they were seriously under prepared or rushed in their deployment of TI6 supplemental features. Let’s count the number of false starts we’ve had this TI6 season. The game coordinator has already been down. The secret shop was touch and go at first. Visas were a mess, with Valve recommendations not being sufficient for applications.
Now the servers are down again? What’s going on here?
You don’t have to tell us everything, just what to expect
Valve keeps a lot of things to themselves. In DOTA, this means that tournament schedules are kept under wraps for as long as possible, the method behind direct invites to major tournaments is a mystery, and many other things besides. It would take too long for me to list everything. If I get started, I’m going to end up complaining about Half Life. I don’t want to subject you to that.
But the least Valve could do is keep us updated on what’s going on. How long do we have to wait before we can play again? Why are these issues happening? Could Valve at least issue a statement so I don’t default to hatred mode? Just so I’m not twiddling my thumbs waiting for servers to come back online, could you do that for me?