Bad news for people who love good news

Elliott Griffiths
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So uh, why can't Bad News Bears get an org?

That's the question everyone is asking. Or at least, everyone in the US. Alright, it was mostly just Ryan.

Well, maaaaybe it's something to with them going 0-8 at Pro League? Seriously, why is this not a talking point? Yeah, it's cool that they got here in the first place, but this is your big opportunity to advertise yourself, and you're... showing off about getting double figures against a team who lost 0-2 to ENCE?

Look. We don't want to be mean. We wanted BnB to do well, and it'd be great for the scene if they could get an organisation. But if Cloud9 - an org as baked into NACS culture as it's possible to be - don't think it's financially viable to have an NA team, why would anyone?

NA keeps losing players, and though we're sure BnB want to stay in CS, an organisation might see it as more of a risk. Especially when esports as a whole has taken a bit of a hit due to the pandemic.

BnB want to live and play in EU, which is admirable. They think they can improve by playing EU scrims, playing more tournaments and eating better food.

Alright, they didn't say that last one.

But why would an org pay for an NA team in Europe, when they could just sign DBL Poney? You can tap into an NA fanbase, and Americans love to talk about selling out merch drops and their social presence - but if that's the case, you'd just sign O PLANO with 20x the fanbase.

Hell, Chaos were a better team with a bigger fanbase. If they couldn't get a team, how would BnB ever do it? Americans are desperate for good news, but they'll have to deal with Bad News for a bit longer.

August 19, 2021

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