Posted by telnights
Now for why the prize money most likely has been lowered. (this is just my point of view and does not reflect that of the owner)
To get a web page going you offer large prizes off the bat to get the community growing. This hole time you are running at a loss most time a huge loss. You slowly lower your prize money as the community grows to cut back on your losses. You also have to think you are paying for web services the hole time and having to upgrade them as the community gets bigger which means more overhead cost. That money has to come from some where. You only real profit is advertising and Premium Membership's which neither of those are huge money makers and your lucky if you even break even. Now take in to account that the economy is bad so your web company has raised their prices as well so now it cost even more. I'm shocked the prize money stayed as high as it did for so long. Look at UFC.com even if you win on their page all you get is UFC merchandise. No money just merchandise that cost them more to ship to you than it does for the stuff itself and the UFC is a billion dollar company.
Well take a real look at the UFC.com prizes man :
UFC® 93 IRELAND
Congratulations to Bryan from Temple, Georgia, who will receive a portable DVD player and a collection of 20 UFC DVDs, signed event poster, plus an official event t-shirt available only at the Ireland show! Top 20 finishers will receive official UFC merchandise.
UFC® 94 St-Pierre vs Penn - The first place winner in this Fantasy game will receive an Xbox console and 2000 Microsoft Points, official event t-shirt, signed poster and more! The top 20 place finishers will receive official UFC merchandise.
UFC® 95 LONDON - The first place winner in this Fantasy game will receive an iPod Touch and official event t-shirt, available only at the London event, signed poster and UFC duffle bag full of UFC merchandise. Top 20 finishers will receive official UFC merchandise.
League Prizes - All members of the winning league will receive a duffle bag filled with official UFC merchandise and more!
I think it is pretty good prize since it is per event all the time.
Now i don't believe they are giving those big prizes just to get the more peoples possible before cutting the prizes like you said probably or maybe happened here ( witch i do not believe at all, i don't think Hippy and the site owner are like that )