With all due respect to you guys for starting this out, this is way too late. It’s really frustrating in general how late all this information has come out, and its even more confusing that tickets are still being pushed a month before the event. The event not only seems very rushed, but even some of the promises made in the initial announcement don’t seem to have been kept, referring to the supposed multiple viewing parties that were meant to be announced by now.
While they did say it “may” be announced, I still feel that this year isn’t as organised as the previous ones, and additionally, as @Alvin_Blox said, it seems so far that even the base idea that “RDC is going Global” fell way too far from the tree. Infact, I don’t see how the event really can go global at this point, as the livestream is unlikely to be translated until after it has been hosted (and you’ve even got to consider timezones), and the event is still centred around the US. It’s so contradicting when the current corporate focus of the company right now is to expand and provide more support for international markets that it hasn’t got its foot in, while also hosting an event closest to its flagship target audience, with a English livestream that is unlikely to be translated in real time.
Also, given that there is a viewing party, I guarantee you that there will be a stagnant drop in attendees, particularly from people outside of the UK. For a half day event, spending hundreds on transport (flights,trains etc), even with the subsidised hotel cost, is certainly not worth the experience, especially when there is a livestream. It’s really counter-intuitive to travel to a viewing party just to watch a livestream that you could just as easily view at the comforts of your home, at minimal cost.
On another note (relating to RDC tickets in general)
In all honesty, It’s gotten to the point where most of us have received loads of messages about buying more tickets for RDC, that it’s actually putting people off attending. If I am correct, it does seem like none of the RDC events have actually sold out yet (given I can still buy tickets off both sites), So if that is the case, It’s really worrying that every email or message made on tickets for anything so far, have been designed to appeal to the supposed “scarcity” of those tickets, and the urgency of buying them. In both cases, there are definitely a limited amount of tickets, but from what I’ve seen on the UK, the emails sent don’t seem to be aiming to warn us that we may miss out, but instead are just trying to fill up spaces for an event that in most peoples cases, isn’t worth paying for. Maybe if this was announced sooner, this wouldn’t have been the case. (This is just my opinion, it’s likely to change).
It is not a mystery that EU was not meant to have an event, and I know for a fact there was plenty of speculation of there being any kind of EU event in the future and the reason there even is one, is likely due to the backlash from a supposed leak, a leak that stated that there wouldn’t be an EU event this year, so I know that the efforts in hosting this event and getting the hotel stuff out are bound to be rushed given the last minute nature of the event being hosted. Nevertheless, I appreciate you guys have got this out eventually. I just feel that, given the time and circumstances, this could’ve been handled much cleaner.