As many of you have already noticed, we are experimenting with a new community crowdfunding system. The purpose of this initiative is to allow members of the CEVO community to contribute directly to the Season 4 prize pools and help make Season 4 CEVO's biggest event yet! And that's not even the best part, 100% of the proceeds from our community crowdfunding drive will go directly towards the Season 4 prize pools, CEVO won't keep a cent.
You can check out a complete list of our donations thus far HERE. As donations are receieved, the Season 4 prize pools are instantly updated on our homepage and game specific event pages.
So what is crowdfunding anyways?
Crowdfunding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, crowd equity, crowd-sourced fundraising) is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. You can learn more about crowdfunding on Wikipedia.
And why are you doing this?
We decided to experiment with using crowdfunding as a method to top up our seasonal prize pools because everyone likes competing for cash, right? With the majority of our games/divisions remaining FREE-to-Play in Season 4, we aren't able to subsidize our seasonal events with league entry fees like many other events do. We're always hearing that our players want to compete for larger cash prizes, so CEVO has committed a base prize pool of $13,750 in Season 4, and we're leaving the rest up to you!
Will I receive anything for my donation?
Yes! In addition to our heartfelt "thanks for supporting North American esports", we've created a unique set of achievement badges that will appear on our donor's personal profile pages depending on the level of donation made. We're also giving some donors the opportunity to have one of their matches broadcast live on CEVO-TV (in supported games) and others the chance to play their favorite game with members of the CEVO staff.
Donate $5-$19 and receive the Bronze donor achievement
Donate $20-$49 and receive the Silver donor achievement, in addition to having your shoutout read on CEVO-TV during the Season 4 Playoffs!
Donate $50-$149 and receive the Gold donor achievement, have your shoutout read on CEVO-TV during the Season 4 Playoffs, and we'll broadcast one of your team's Season 4 matches on CEVO-TV!
Donate $150 or more and receive the Royal donor achievement, your shoutout will be read on CEVO-TV during the Season 4 Playoffs, one of your team's Season 4 matches will be broadcast on CEVO-TV, and you'll have the opportunity to play your favorite game with CEVO staff!
You've convinced me, how can I donate?
You can make a donation using the DONATE NOW button on the home page or by visiting your favorite game's event page from the drop down menu in the top navigation bar. We're currently accepting donations via PayPal or directly from your VISA, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover card.
A message from CEVO, to our Season 4 donors:
On behalf of the entire CEVO staff, I would like to extend a sincere thank you for your donation to the Season 4 prize pools. Your continued loyalty and support means the world to us, and it allows CEVO to continue doing our best to help grow North American esports at both the Amateur and Professional levels.
100% of our community crowdfunded donations will go directly to the Season 4 prize pool in the game of your choice, so you can be sure that your contribution is reaching the community in full.
Our development team have done an outstanding job making improvements to our league website, and it's our plan to continue to roll out new features regularly throughout Season 4.
2014 is going to be an exciting year for the CEVO community, and whether you're a new or returning player/fan, I look forward to joining you in making sure that Season 4 is our best event to date.
Teams can register for Season 4 until Monday, February 17th at 11:59 PM CST. We're looking forward to improving after a tremendously successful third season, and we'd love for you and your team to join us. As always, we're open to feedback and would love to know what you think. Feel free to post your questions, comments, or concerns below, contact CEVO Support, or join our public Ventrilo server (texas.cevo.nationvoice.com:4000) to speak to a game official.
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