This is a positive thing!!
I'm very comfortable in how things have gone and am able to say this in advance.
It means I'm very assured that this year that as a team and a community we should absolutely nail the live aspect and it'll be climactic send-off and give closure to the project.
GCS2 was only attempted and initiated based on four factors.
I wouldn't have started the GCS2 process without:
1) GCS1's audio being bad so ruining the satisfaction of completion of GCS1 from my standpoint.
2) Janne252 being convinced in the project and wanting to do all the work to make the website.
3) George and Ed generously offering their venue for cost-only use.
4) Community keenness and wanting to support it.
Then it wouldn't have been possible without:
A) Generous community funds and support
B) Help from other community members.
C) My unhealthy fascination at going full tilt on hobbies. Modesty out of the window here - I have put around 3,000+ hours into the GCS project. Including web art, marketing, travel organisation, failed sponsorship bids, tourney rules and systems, refereeing, web design, live event organisation, countless meetings, merch production, 100s of hours of casting, networking, analysis and feedback processing, accounting and fiances, extensive writing.... etc.
(FYI to detractors my only personal gain from the above was in £500 in hardware I bought in 2017 that is still used to this day for casting. Web cam, mic, GPU - these were very necessary upgrades at the time.)
I personally need to move on with my life now, and focus on getting fit again, career, finding a partner (Evelina?) etc. etc.
There are some fantastic community members that are bringing you events in the future, and of course there's rumblings of a next game in the series?!?!
Personally I'll still be available as a tournament caster for other people's events if they request my services, and to any tournament organiser that wants to ask my opinion or advice.
Any large scale projects like this one in my opinion should be funded by the Relic, Sega, and Sponsors.
Why did I write this?
It was tilting me how many GCS3 jokes I see, I want people to tune in and watch as much of GCS2 as they can and enjoy it here and now.
Oh and as a 'look at me aren't I great?' exercise.