I agree mostly with iambignoob01. Bad/nonexistent idols, rolemodels w/e you want to call it. Another thing imo is that the so called "old" generation from 2-3 years ago have matured, moved on, therefore those older generation players perceive the community as immature while beeing the same just a few years ago.
I don't think the demography has shifted that much, on the other hand, it's still possible as Aeria is possibly a bigger publisher than ijji was and therefore attracts a wider (read younger) audience.
Regarding the cheating situation, without trying to attack you personally Ghoster, I'm sure that you had similar half ássed reasons to cheat. In my opinion: The older you get, the more you learn to respect others, understanding, responsibility and respect.
Another major point is that AVA has lost it's potential to be a succesful competitive title. Aeria took over AVA in a miserable state and couldn't/won't bring it back to its old glory. With bigger competitive FPS titles with actual prize money such as CS:GO or even MOBA titles such as LOL or Dota 2, there is basically no reason for a competitive player to play AVA.
With basically zero competitive players playing this game, there is no reason for Aeria to invest into the competitive side of AVA. As far as I can see, they are heading towards the casual players for a while, watering down content, server quality and customer service.
Even such horrible FPS titles like Crossfire has big tournaments with a huge prize pool on a regular basis.
CROSSFIRE god ****...
So in conclusion why AVA won't be a competitive FPS title ever again:
- ijjis management towards the end and abandoning a sinking ship with competitive players moving on to other games
- Aerias inability/reluctance to revive the competitive side of AVA by investing in better, stable servers and infrastructure
You can't blame it all on the community, while yes, the community is crap. You can only keep competitive players for so long in this game, the oh so game changing AP won't hold up a player with the intention to go somewhere in his eSport career.
Just give up already, it's not worth to aim for one or two big offline tournaments a year with a mediocre prize pool. There is a reason why the old guard has moved on. Defkon, almost all the old Wildplay/ExxisDawn players such as xElk, 3xplo, Rushfreak, Gr4vity, all moved on to CS:GO, Kable is now a famous LOL player, the core KTOP players moved back to Korea. People grow old, they start having careers/lives and what not.
From those times, only a handful players remained such as the entire Crackheads team, Curse, 2Tap (Millenium/BA), Blast or whatever they broke up to now (Natural) and some individuals from succesful teams such as Expulse or DTH.
There is no competition, half the new gen players that pop up from nowhere and roll deep, cheat and suck with AC, no prizes, no future for the competitive side of AVA.
Just enjoy it as what it is, a great casual F2P title with a great past.