So here is a simple solution: position cameras above the playmats during the Championships, and broadcast it live on the Pokemon website. The online spectators would have the option to switch between cameras, and with the advancing technology of AI, they may even be able to observe the event lounge by one of the automatic robot’s camera. Of course, there will be entry fees for such spectators, and they’ll receive the same bonuses as the other physical spectators at the event. It would require some server power for such a live broadcast from that many cameras, but the additional entries from “virtual” spectators should cover up the costs. Not only it would boost the numbers of spectators, but it’ll also offer much more trainers the chance of witnessing such a grand event. An increase in attention may bring more stress to the competitors, but with more stress comes increased competivity, so it may have a positive effect to hype the event up even more.
The entry fees can be collected by CredCard or Gems if you’re in Canada. Or, add tickets to spectate the WC broadcast as a tradable item, obtained only by obtaining 1st place in the online 8-players tournaments. And who knows, maybe that one day, the World Championships may be held on the PTCGO app?
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