For as long as this game has been around, the trolls have always had the same argument to bash people with:
THIS IS A COMPETITIVE GAME!
IT IS NOT FOR FUN!
YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD FOR NOT BEING GOOD!
No shit. They have. Always. Since day one.
And of course when anybody that never cared about all that bullshit would say, “I don’t care about that, I just play for fun” they would get trolled to absolute death for pages on end.
Well, boys and girls, it is now official:
Now, of course, all those trolls are stunned. They seem to be splitting into two groups:
- A group that says they don’t care because they have fun playing the game. (Ahhhh…so NOW they play for fun!)
- Those shedding tears in buckets, saying the game is now dead, and begging for transfers to the EU server. (When just yesterday they were all saying the population is fine, the game is doing great, and will be around doing fine for at least another decade.)
An important thing to consider is this: Why did they pull the plug on League play?
It’s simple, really. It’s the same reason they’re shutting down locations, consolidating the servers and shit-canning people hand over fist: money.
You see, years ago, Wargaming actually tried to get into Esports. Not the made up bullshit they called Esports, but the REAL one sponsored by ESPN.
They were laughed out of the joint because the game relied far too much on RNG and luck and platooning in numbers to swing the odds in your favor.
So Wargaming, rather than lower the RNG, get rid of bullshit MM and make the game more skilled base, they figured they’d just make their own league.
But leagues cost money. Ever look at who sponsors Wargaming’s Leagues?
That’s right. NOBODY.
So, they must have charged admission, right? Had big studio audiences watching what was going on, sold merchandise, all that jazz.
Nope. Not a damn thing.
It’s not surprising, really. After all, who gives a shit about a tank game? Not many people anymore, that’s for damn sure. But it goes further than that. What it really boils down to once again is Wargaming’s arrogance. Rather than meet industry standards and provide fair competition where skill rose to the top, they figured their manipulated bullshit was good enough, fuck the fair play, we’ll do it on our own and show you who is boss.
Here comes the funny part: everybody in north America with half a brain saw it coming. A few years back, the best team World of Tanks had ever seen (a Russian one no less) quit the league. Why?
A COMPLETE, TOTAL, LACK OF INTEREST.
Nobody cared. Nobody came to watch. Nobody gave out the huge prizes other OFFICIAL Esports games were giving out…
It was a joke. And they realized that they were in fact the brunt of the joke. THAT is why they quit. They had something the vast majority of the other World of Tanks league players don’t have and never have had and in all likelihood never will have:
Integrity and Pride.
What’s more, the League Players have been an EPIC source of embarrassment and shame for Wargaming. We have quite a few of them featured here since the site opened doing all manner of things from using racial slurs to anti-Semitic slurs to homophobic tirades…pretty much breaking every single rule in the EULA.
When you have a league like that, nobody paying to sponsor it, nobody paying to watch it, nobody paying to take part it in, what the hell good is it?
No good at all.
That’s why it’s gone.
Good fucking riddance!
Now maybe, JUST MAYBE, the regular folks can play a god damn game of World of Tanks in peace.
After all, it’s not a competitive game anymore, which leaves just one reason left to play it: