Diem's guide to making your application not look like crap.
I'm dmbrandon, and I'm the one of the guys you'll first have to get through to be able to meet with the boys upstairs. Before you fill your application out, I suggest you read through my guide, and take it's contents to heart. When applying for vVv, there are certain things we look for in applications to show you're the kind of people we'd want to have join our family.
Small advantages you can use to get yourself ahead of the curve:
1. Don't trash talk other teams. We want teams who can positively represent both our brand and themselves. Needless to say, (Most of the time) by attacking other people, you're making yourself look desperate. Just focus on your accomplishments.
- If you're better than another team, post the tourney where you beat them. Also, beating them once, doesn't automatically mean you're better or even on equal ground. Take football for instance, how many times has an undefeated team won the Superbowl? Once. Does that mean last years winner, with an imperfect record, mean they weren't the top team? One win isn't the end of the world. Either is one loss.
- We want to see facts of your wins. Don't just post us numbers, cause we'll over look them. There are results thread for every tournament, and we want links to them.
2. Your team is a small drop in a large pond. Your goal is to make the biggest initial splash. With that said, the best way to get our attention, is by making an awesome first impression. The best way to do that, is to make sure both your applications, and profiles look amazing.
- The best food in the world also looks great when it's served. The same ideas focus into pretty much all aspects. The most expensive cars generally look the coolest, as well. In e-sports, we need to be able to market you. If you can't market yourselves to us, then how are we gonna sell you to our sponsors?
- You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. 90% of the teams we see apply don't fill out the application to their fullest potential, and we hardly give it a second look. Make sure you do whatever you can to make it POP. Colors are your friend. So are fonts, and bolding.
- Videos. Videos. Videos.
3. Three out of four, isn't a team. We need all four people to have their sponsorship application filled out completely. (All five, if there's a coach.) We won't even consider a team who's members won't even put the effort into filling the application out. It shows a lazy, sometimes narcissistic side to their personality, and we don't need egos.
- More often than not, players will be way above average in skill if they're trying to apply to vVv, or play in the big leagues. Again, more often than not, said players aren't going to be top 10 material out of the gate. Your biggest weapon right now is your keyboard. Show us why you deserve to join vVv.
- Remember the big influx of boy bands from 1997-2003? E-sports teams are marketed almost in the same way. They take a group of 4-5 talented people, and sell them to fans. Now, is Justin Timberlake a better singer than Pavarotti? That's for critics to decide. But, it's fairly obvious that that 12-17 demographic wasn't yearning for classical singing, and wanted cool personality, with some solid talent to back it up. So, while some of the most talented players in the world are sponsored by some top companies, there are still players with extraordinary skills who have to stay at home because they can't fully explain why they deserve a shot! Show us why you're a good venture for vVv, and why you have the skills to be known as one of the best players in the world!
- Don't post an application until your team is ready to post alongside you. If you post on May 1st, and your teammates don't post until the 9th, it shows us a lack of leadership and communication.
4. Always keep in mind that you're applying to us. If you're applying, it means you're looking for sponsorship, so always make sure that you word your application accordingly.
- Don't tell us that we'd be missing an opportunity. We won't care.
- If you're not sponsored, and we didn't personally come to you and ask you to join the vVv family, it means that we don't know much about you. This is your chance to let the world know who you are, and what you can bring to the competitive gaming table!
5. Every team of four players or more will need to designate a captain. No excuses. Someone has to be responsible for the team. There has to be someone to turn to with problems, someone to tell if they can't show up to practice. We have a strict chain-of-command in vVv, and we need someone to make sure their team gets the messages we need to send them.
- A team captain doesn't have the be the best player on the team. It should be the most responsible one.
- A team captain should be actively looking for tournaments, making sure you guys are taking pictures of yourselves at tournaments to show the world you exist.
- The most dominant teams in competitive gaming history have had notable, marketable captains. T-Squared, Walshy, and Shockwave are three of the most notable players over the last 10 years, and all of their teams have been extremely successful. They knew they had to take charge, and get things moving. We expect this of your team's captain as well.
6. Get involved! We want to see you doing your best at being a part of our community. That means we want to see forum posts, profiles having enough information that people will know (And want to know) more about you, and get to know our current family. Most of the vVv users are extremely friendly and willing to help you get your bearings.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions! We have staff for a reason, and anyone with a white vVv name has been accepted as a great poster and positive force in our community! All ready and willing to guide you.
- We have forums for a reason. Never feel like you're posting too much. We'd rather see a person posting at a slightly annoying rate, than not posting at all; however, make sure your posts are written well, and have some type of meaning to them. Having 500 posts of "lol" isn't getting anyone anywhere.
Thanks for taking the time to read my guides, and thank you greatly for your interest in vVv-Gaming. We are proud to have the teams we have on our roster, as each of them brings something strong and unique to the table. In the end, we understand that finding sponsorship, and playing amongst the names you know and fear from afar is a daunting task. If you feel you need any help filling your app out, or you have any questions related to vVv-gaming, or it's sponsors, feel free to contact me, or anyone else on the staff at anytime:
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