Insider Spotlight: ETL
INSIDER ESPORTS - The Epidemic Tournament League is featured in this edition of the Insider Spotlight. We sat down with owner and founder Mark Fullur to talk about what ideas he has in store for his new league.
Thank you for taking time out of your day. Can you please introduce yourself?
I'm Mark Fullur from ETL. ETL stands for Epidemic Tournament League; it's a new type of competitive gaming league that Mike Schell and I founded a few months ago. We hope to bring something new to competitive gaming that teams and players will keep coming back for.
Can you tell us about your new ideas?
Well unlike other leagues, we won't be doing the typical 8 week season where teams play 1 match every week for 3 months and hope they get something out of it. We're going to be holding at least one tournament a month, maybe every 2 weeks with a chance for teams to win something cool every time.
What type of experience do you have that qualifies you to run this sort of project?
I've been playing games since I was a little kid and have been playing them competitively for 9 years. I've been through most major leagues and I know what works and what needs to change.
Will teams have to sign up for each tournament, or will they automatically be placed in brackets once they've initially registered?
Teams will sign up for the League itself, and after that they'll be notified every time a new tournament is coming up and given the option to join or not.
What prizes – cash, gear, etc. – are you going to give away?
All kinds of stuff; The next tournament we're planning – for 1.6 and Source – will have Razer products as prizes, and we're constantly bouncing ideas off each other about what kinds of prizes we can use. We are going to have some cash prizes sometime soon.
Will you guys be asking your players what types of prizes they want?
Is it going to be straight pay-to-play or will you have some open tournaments and some that are PTP?
We'll have both. Obviously the pay-to-play ones are going to have better prizes, but we're definitely going to be offering plenty of free tourneys with decent prizes as well.
Will you have different divisions as you sort out teams by skill level?
Yes, but we're not sure what exactly they will be yet, though.
Do you have any well known teams interested in signing up yet, or have they already?
We haven't really talked to many teams about any future tournaments, but in our current 16-team one some well known teams include: Just Cause Project, Vindicated Gaming, and zSports. We recently partnered, however, with the gaming organization #nauticaL and they said they'll be joining just about any tournament we run.
Are you going to run tournaments for any other games than CS 1.6 and Counter Strike: Source?
Absolutely; we currently have plans to expand to CoD4 and DOTA, and possibly more.
How are you going to implement an Anti-Cheat?
We already have a pretty awesome one that we're constantly working on new updates for.
Is it a Custom AC or did you purchase one?
We hired a really great coder to make it for us, and he's been great about giving us tips, as he is a gamer himself.
Well that just about does it; is there anything else you would like to say, or any shout-outs you'd like to make?
Yeah, I'd like to beg forgiveness from everyone for the site. We're running a tournament off a forum right now and it really sucks for everyone. Our new website will be up April 1st. Shout-out to Billy. :)
You can view their website here.