Hi everyone, reading the “Nationals & Worlds Roll Call” thread has reminded me how exclusive the World Championships are to players outside of the US, so I was just thinking to myself whether there is anything we, as a community, could do to help the issue or as an alternative?
I thought about the “satellite” model that large buy-in poker tournaments use, whereby players participate in a smaller, lower-cost event with the winner(s) receiving a ticket to the main event instead of straight up cash. Could that work for Netrunner? It would have to be unofficial but my thinking would be to arrange large events (of the kind of scale as a Regional but external to the Organised Play structure) with the proceeds going into covering travel and accommodation at Worlds.
Would people be prepared to buy-in to that kind of a model, or is the top-heavy payout structure too off-putting?
Likewise, is there an official Continental Championship, i.e. Europeans? I know there was an event at Stahleck last year, but I wasn’t sure if that has been officially recognised. I’d be interested in seeing that happen - either at Stahleck or possibly Essen in the future.