FGC fans have come out to honor Team Spooky, the Tournament Organizer who organizes the Next Level Battle Circuit Online Edition (NLBC Online) weekly online tournaments.
This follows Spooky’s announcement that the online tournaments would no longer continue, and Spooky would no longer be involved with the Next Level events.
“As of today, I will be discontinuing my series of weekly online events. Of course @goldencen / @nycfurby will be trying their best to return players to offline events, so please support Next Level, which was my original intent with this series”, he said in a statement.
Spooky says the reason for his leaving was simple- the man was just tired from running the event.
“As for me, I am pretty tired. I stretched myself quite thin for these events, including doing things I had no common sense doing ($1 crowdfund per sub? What was I an idiot?) and I am put into a spot where the best thing to do is move on”.
A Thank You From The FGC
Following the announcement, the members of the FGC have paid tribute to Spooky, thanking him for bringing so many people together via the Street Fighter tournament.
“IMO Spooky is the GOAT of the FGC over the last 2 years”, tweets FGC member Diaphone. “I owe a lot of my growth as a player and longevity of the games I play to NLBC online I know burnout can be tough, but doing what you want to do is the one of the best ways to combat this. Thanks for all your hard work”.
“Not just NLBC Online. [Spooky] has created and ran the greatest platform for fighting games and the FGC ever”, says pro player Brian F. “Vic and crew should be very proud of what they’ve achieved. Thanks for everything”.
“Always know your work is appreciated regardless of what it may seem, NLBC was and will remain a crucial part of the FGC whether it’s online or offline or both!”, writes another pro player, Adel, in response to the announcement.
FGC Content creator The Doctor Blu even took the time to highlight the importance of TOs (Tournament Organizers) to keeping the scene alive:
“TO’s have to be the most under-appreciated people in the FGC. Long hours, top tier management skills, & love for the game… Send love to your TO because losing one like Spooky is gonna hurt us all for years to come”, he says. “Thank you brother for what you did while you were here”.
Tournament organizers are exactly what it says on the tin- organizing meetups for the community, and keeping the grassroots scene for a fighting game alive.
Many fighting games live and die by their TOs- the day it’s truly dead is when there’s no one willing to give the community a space to congregate.