NERV Canceled

NERV LAN March 2009, what was supposed to be the start of hopefully another exciting LAN season for Call of Duty 4 was officially canceled today. NERV organizers released the following statement on the CAL forums pertaining to the cancellation:

FINAL UPDATE
Because this thread had taken a turn in the wrong direction we received several messages this evening inquiring about the status of the tournament and requests for withdraws. NERV has been a high quality host for many eSports events in the past and we have been directly involved in providing a safe, engaging, and exciting venue for gamers to professionally compete. We are canceling this event because of the disillusionment created through the conversation here from which we believe we cannot recover in the next 24 hours, which is the deadline for registration.

I personally want to thank everyone who intended to participate and took the time to register. I want to extend special thanks to Matt Gomez, who has been instrumental in providing us a pulse on this community. He has done a terrific job and we appreciate his support over the last 2 years.

With this said, NERV will be exiting the direct engagement area of competitive eSports and will instead focus on our competency of eSports logistics. Specifically, this means that NERV will cease to be directly engaged in this community as a liaison or as a host, but we will be providing our expertise and support to large venues and the major eSports players in North America.

My comments to the NERV staff: good for you guys. The whole situation surrounding NERV had gotten completely out of hand. When the event was first announced it seemed it had the potential to be the largest North American event to date, but as the deadline drew closer and closer, the organizers were forced to push the deadline back and back to reach the necessary team limit until it was too late.

Yes, 16 teams did register for the event, but the organizers should not have to deal with all the shit the community was giving them. I have personally been to every NERV event and the staff present know what they are doing and how to do it. The last thing they need is to sit around and take shit from the people they are trying to offer an event for.

Am I upset that the event is canceled? Hell yes. But I am more upset at the community. You take one of the few organizations willing to devote the time and money (and yes to many people’s surprise NERV does lose money when hosting these events) and drive them away, especially in today’s economic times. You think other LAN centers are magically going to pop out of the ground to offer events? Hell no!

I hope you all open your eyes and see exactly what was done here, and don’t you dare start throwing the blame on Matt or NERV organizers. This is everyone’s problem, so now we all have to live with it. Until someone else decides to spend the time and money for this community, have fun online.

  • Travis Hezel

    I think the community called bs on nerv ted, obviously mav went and blew it way out of proportion, but you have to take into consideration that this lan was canceled due to forum posts. That’s completely unheard of.

  • Thomas

    Love the site Ted. The articles are very informative and entertaining to read. Keep up the good work.

  • sang

    Travis Hezel :

    I think the community called bs on nerv ted, obviously mav went and blew it way out of proportion, but you have to take into consideration that this lan was canceled due to forum posts. That’s completely unheard of.

    That is true, but it should have never gotten to that point. Never in a million years.

  • Travis Hezel

    well so many events have taken bashing in the past, but the holders of the events either dont listen to forums (which idk how this was being ran through something like the cal forums), or just make the event worthwhile and shut up the people bringing it down (by actually having sponsors and giving product from said sponsors, not a 50 dollar antec case, and some cpu fans)

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  • Play2Win

    The tournament was not canceled because of a forum post or posts. It was canceled because those forum posts resulted in e-mails being sent to nerv asking for immediate refunds. Refunds were given and the organizers didn’t see a way to reach the team minimum. If you read the forum original post he even says this very thing. It’s just that people don’t know how to read or only pay attention to what they want to hear rather than what’s being said.

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    Because this thread had taken a turn in the wrong direction we received several messages this evening inquiring about the status of the tournament and requests for withdraws.
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  • sang

    Play2Win :

    The tournament was not canceled because of a forum post or posts. It was canceled because those forum posts resulted in e-mails being sent to nerv asking for immediate refunds. Refunds were given and the organizers didn’t see a way to reach the team minimum. If you read the forum original post he even says this very thing. It’s just that people don’t know how to read or only pay attention to what they want to hear rather than what’s being said.

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    Because this thread had taken a turn in the wrong direction we received several messages this evening inquiring about the status of the tournament and requests for withdraws.
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    That is the exact problem resulting in the nonsense that happened on the CAL forums. If people would just shutup and plan to play instead of flaming NERV then you wouldn’t have all these people asking for refunds.

    It’s mob mentality. People see a select few crying very loudly so they instantly think that is the majority opinion and start trying to refund their payments.

  • jus7addwater

    this sucks for erev we had our staff all set to go TEARZ