Before we get too sappy, you should head over and read the first half of the posts found on ozfortress, we'll summarize some of what is written over there.
Respawn League, founded in mid-late 2018 by core & Brady, was founded in youthful eagerness to improve and expand upon Highlander not just as a format, but as a community within our region. Over the years we have seen many staff members, even more contributors, and hundreds of players. Having just recently reached over two thousand accounts, nearly three hundred teams, and twelve hundred matches over thirty-three competitions! We owe that growth, this opportunity, and much more to you, the community. We are hoping that this move is one that does not alienate either league and gives you the player the best possible experience we can provide.
We would like to thank each and every player who has played in a season of Respawn since September 2018. We hope this next step provides an even better experience going forward.
RSL HIGHLANDER MERGING INTO OZFORTRESS
The heading sells itself. RSL Highlander, and Respawn League itself, will be dissolved into ozfortress for future competitions. There are some factors behind this decision, but we hope many of the benefits will help us improve Highlander within our region going forward.
RSL ASIA WILL NOT BE MAKING THE MOVE
Whilst we did want to continue RSL Asia, there will be no Asia specific division within ozfortress Highlander Season 1. Any and all out-of-region players are welcome to join in-region rosters, but there will be a cap on the amount of out-of-region players on a roster.
Finding staff from the region has been a consistent issue, and regardless of staffing problems, there hasn't been as much interest for Highlander in the region compared to AU/NZ, thus we will be focusing our time purely on one region for now. We would like to thank everyone who has participated in RSL Asia over the years.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE RSL WEBSITE?
The RSL website will become functionally static, meaning the leagues, posts, users and teams will remain, but you will not be able to create new ones. There will be a pinned post on the front page of the website directing to ozfortress. This will be done to still allow people to see their past Highlander accolades, roster history and more.
SLOW RESPONSE TIME / NO RESPONSE ON TICKETS
It simply isn't acceptable. Every ticket or report submitted should see even a standardized response as soon as possible. The fact that this hasn't happened is simply not good enough, and we're sorry. Going forward, it is something that will be improved on within the different teams within ozfortress.
INFRACTION BANS WILL BE REVIEWED
Infraction threshold bans will be reviewed by the ozfortress Behaviour Panel and a decision will be rendered on whether or they will be continued at their current punishment length or removed. Any other ban can be reviewed upon request by that person who is banned.
OK, BUT WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
Whilst there are factors internally that the merge would help us resolve, the benefits of this merge are the driving force. By merging Highlander under the ozfortress banner, we will be able to better market Australian Team Fortress to potential sponsors, and work closely with other organisations to plan tournaments and events at a larger scale than before, not to mention more off-season tournaments and a wider range of tournament formats. We hope you are just as excited about these changes as we are.