The amount of marathons we do a year has been a hot topic amongst the community. These last 2 years have been very busy for our personal lives. Many of us have gone through big transitions. Several of us got married, moved, entered and exited college or grad school, got new jobs, ect… All of this partially played a roll in the amount of marathons we had as well as us trying to find a sweet spot in terms of comfort for both the players and viewers.
In 2008 we hosted 8 marathons, 6 for charity; 2009 7 marathons, 6 for charity; 2010 6 marathons, all for charity; 2011 4 marathons all for charity; in 2012 we only have 2 scheduled, Pokemon and June and Mario and December but we are looking to schedule another marathon in September or October. In 2013 we are wanting to try out a quarterly format, a marathon every 3 months.(March, June, September, December).
We are coming off the heels of arguably our biggest 72 hour marathon and we see that even though our marathon was hugely successful our forums still drop off in activity after several weeks because of the huge gaps in between marathons. What we are trying now is using the marketing team to coordinate forum events to keep the community more lively and working together. You will see announcements soon regarding these events.
What would you like to see as a community member? More marathons? Do you think having the marathons quarterly will be enough? One thing we will have to wait and see is how the community events unfold. This could have some impact on the questions I just asked. All input is wanted and needed.
Forum topic discussion here: http://community.thespeedgamers.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16650&sid=c3640dac175a05dde1e0aaadcb9344ad