The idea that a game isn't balanced for a new player as opposed to a competitive player has no foundation for an arguement whatsoever. All that comes down to is who is the better player. I'm not really sure anyone has made a decent arguement in the history of these forums to the opposite. Restrictions on your skill may "seem" like an imbalance, but, it is infact not.
As far as competition goes, i'm not sure why stardock has not done so already. If they want somone to organize somthing, I would be more than willing, or could even suggest others that would be.