It might not be a great deal of hassle to put aside a seat or two.
But do you not concede that doing so might set a precedent that could easily lead to hassle? I can certainly see how that could be a worry.
A few seats are put aside for this fan championship. Fine.
But then a different championship circuit wants a few seats put aside for them too. Is that fine?
Now my local game store runs a three-man tournament and asks for a FFG seat reservation for the winner. Is that fine?
Of course the other LCGs get wind of this and unofficial tournaments from seven other games communities start asking for reserved seats for their unofficial tournaments. Is that still no hassle?
If I were trying to organise what will be a complicated weekend anyway, I’d be worried about setting that precedent!
More to the point would it still be the World Championship as FFG envisioned it? It’s a tournament that’s supposed to be the pinnacle of Organised Play. At all levels the winners of previous levels (Store->Regional->National) are there, yes, but the vast majority of participants come through open entry. What percentage of the seats for the World Championship (which are limited anyway) have to get reserved for “elite” players before it starts to look like an invitational tournament, something quite different from the rest of the Organised Play system?
I don’t know whether any of this is what they think or whether it has anything to do with the decision, but it should at least be considered that FFG may have a particular vision for their World Championship, and that ANRPC might not necessarily fit that vision. But if they are unwilling to facilitate ANRPC piggybacking onto their tournament, it doesn’t necessarily mean they hate the idea of ANRPC per se, it might just mean that they want their own World Championship to remain wholly part of the Organised Play structure and not anything else!
Why not include an ANRPC World Championship as the pinnacle of the unofficial circuit?