I agree that competition is necessary to keep the leaderboard dynamic (and to keep ludias cash flow going), but even the Olympics/Playoffs/World Cup/World Series/Super Bowl happen only so often. Yes there’s obviously a big difference between real Physical games and this but the downtime has its own intrinsic value:
Allowing enough time for teams and players to grow so that the next leaderboard is less predictable and similar to the previous one.
Permitting underdog and new teams to join the arena for an inflow of fresh faces and to reduce the “barrier to entry.” This makes the game more fun and inviting to new players.
Allows fans to actually have something to look forward to. If it’s always tournament season, this will contribute to user fatigue where focus is taken away from progress and simply just placed on constant evaluation (ranking).
Anyway… just my thoughts. Time for breakfast!