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  1. 78 points
    Value: Having members that are all adding value is a critical part of having a rich and vibrant community. There are many ways to add value: creating content for our partnered YouTube channel, having a strong social media presence with appropriate vVv Branding on your profile, being social on our forums and helpful to aspiring players and applicants to even just donating. To see the full list of ways to add value click here. If you are unsure of how you can add value, reach out to the community for help. Excellence: There are two ways to demonstrate excellence in vVv Gaming. The first way representing our brand and community professionally at major lan events. The second way is by being a passionate community member that excels at adding value to vVv Gaming. Diversity: vVv Gaming is a diverse community. This is our strength! vVv Gaming has people that come from various backgrounds and we openly embrace differences in race, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs and gender. In order to get the most passionate and talented individuals, we want people to feel that they are part of a welcoming and accepting community. We also welcome people who are passionate about a variety of games, the key feature of vVv is our diverse community! No matter what games you play, we want you to feel welcome as a member of vVv Gaming. Instead of forming rivalries among the different games we play, we should be excited that we have such a varying group of people who can all come together as part of something great. That's what makes vVv Gaming such a fantastic place to be! Chain of Command: If you have a problem with someone, please talk to them directly and IN PRIVATE. Always start with the person that you are having the problem with. DO NOT bring it to the Shoutbox or post about your problem. If you can't resolve it, then bring it to staff. Sponsors: Just as you have to add value to vVv, so does vVv Gaming have to add value to its sponsors. In order for vVv Gaming to support the best gamers and provide our community with events, opportunities and contests, you need to show them that you care. Represent their products, promote them and spread the word by supporting their social media initiatives.
  2. 32 points
    vVv Doomhammer

    Learn about vVv Gaming

    Know our History and Culture Connect with our Community You spend money everyday. Spend some on vVv Gaming! Vote with your wallet! Apply today! Still have Questions? Need an Admin? Post your question or request here!
  3. 31 points
    vVv LordJerith

    My past 5 years . . .

    This is hard to write. Not because I am sad. I am very excited to see vVv Gaming grow under the leadership of vVv Doomhammer and our great staff! No, this is hard to write because I am ANGRY. I am angry about all the things I still want to do! But mostly, I am angry because I have failed to tell the vVv Gaming story in a long time. A lot of people in recent interviews ask me, “How did vVv Gaming start?” Well, I’m gonna tell you (yea, right, like you can sum up 5 years in a forum post, lol). The vVv story is one about people. From day one, we wanted only two things from the people who joined vVv Gaming: they added value and they wanted to be here. It was also about being unique and different. It was about being innovative and always looking to the future. We started in 2007 with one Gears of War team. We won the first MLG event for Gears of War. This fact, most everyone knows. That picture was from the second GoW event, MLG Dallas 2007. Yea, we took the second there, not too bad. What most people don’t know is that we were not only the team to win the most money in 2007 for Gears of War, but we would do the same thing in Europe, with our team vVv Focus. After our first year, we were international. By the time we were done with the Gears of War series, 18 of the top 32 MLG players got their start in vVv Gaming. Our talent factory was born. Then the advice started coming. “vVv Gaming will be nothing if you don't support CounterStrike1.6, World of Warcraft, or Warcraft 3.” To this, I simply stuck out my middle finger and said, “Watch us!” In 2008, we started on the PC with Warhammer Online and Left4Dead. We had the second best L4D team, and we had a top guild in Warhammer Online. We would go on to have "Top 5" guilds in Aion, Rift and SWTOR as measured by server and world firsts. We also went on to do something else and that was to formalize one of the most unique mission statements in not only eSports, but all of competitive gaming. Everything we do is to fulfill this mission statement. The more we worked toward this, the more we found our soul. Eventually, we knew that we needed to define “what is vVv Gaming?” We knew that since we did not buy top players, we were not a “talent agency” like most other teams. We had put our community first. We finally defined what is vVv Gaming: I want to share some facts with you that I think you might not know in order to better help you understand how truly fucking awesome we are: We put our partners first! We did all this never taking a single dollar from any sponsor (just products). We never lured players with money or bought talent. We spent less than any other organization. We have a true, value-driven organization. We created culture where "adding value" was in the DNA of the organization. We have always focused on growth. We have had steady website growth for 5 years straight We have always been on the forefront of using social media. Our social media presence has grown over 250% in 1 year (just this last year!). We go beyond traditional eSports and contribute to the broader gaming culture. We are the longest contributing writer to the Chicago Tribune Geek to Me blog. We have faced tough challenges and bounced back stronger and smarter. We have survived being hacked, me being hacked and our YouTube being hacked. We are eSports! We have had someone at over 37 major eSports events on 5 continents! We have always been focused on excellence! We have Top 4 LAN placements on 4 continents. We always keep our promises! We have always kept our promises to our players and fans. Our guilds have been widely successful. We have had Top 5 guild based on server and world firsts in every MMO we played. We have always been transparent and kept our community informed even through large growth spurts. We have produced consistent news and content for 3 years running. We’re consistent. Our podcast show, The Losers Bracket, is in its 3rd year. We’re very selective. We have accepted only 12% of people who applied. A testimony to our high standards. We’re humble. Members know that they are no better gamers the day after they are accepted into vVv Gaming, than they were the day before they were accepted. Our community is not only committed, but generous. We have exceeded every fundraising goal we have ever set. So, back to why I am mad. Every time someone says something negative about vVv Gaming, I think. . . really?! What the fuck MORE could we do? Buy a few Korean Starcraft players? Buy a “traning house” and stick everyone in it? Sorry, that’s not vVv Gaming. I’m so damn proud of what we have done, the speed at which we do it, and how well we serve our community, I just shake my head. So, to all the haters: Seriously?!! What the fuck have you ever done in eSports? Seriously kidddddddd. . . you can’t even hold a fucking team together for 5 weeks, let alone build a global community that is still running strong after 5 years. You're Uncle Fucking Woody. We've denied more people than have applied to your shitty clan/team/organization. Fuck, we have REaccepted more people. So, fuck off. With that being said, I know that Jordan Kahn will have a huge role to fill, but he, much like me, will not do it alone. He has a great staff, an awesome community, and a great history in which to do great things. If you are not proud of who and what it is to be a member of vVv Gaming. . . I’m just not sure what else we could be doing aside from buying talent, and we will NEVER do that. We are a talent factory. People come here to be great, and do great things. Stories start here! Know that we will do amazing things with League of Legends and Guild Wars 2, as well as continue to develop Starcraft players. We will still create great content. We will always look to the future. We will always be hungry for top people who are committed and passionate about vVv Gaming. We are like no other organization in eSports, and we like it that way. Personally, after 5 years, I think we fucking rock! I love you vVv Gaming. I hate turning it over. It’s hard to do. I know, "people survived Auschwitz." I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it was good for everyone. We have some great people who are ready to lead, and it is time for me to give them that chance. Please give them the love you have given me. I can’t wait to see where Jordan and the team take vVv Gaming in the next 5 years. You have all made me a better person, and I think we all know that I would not have this huge opportunity at Riot Games if it were not for vVv Gaming. I really do leave my role a better person than I was when I started it, and that is because of all of you. I still will own vVv Gaming. I will be on the leadership council of our Guild Wars 2 Guild and playing the game. I will still be in vVv Gaming. I will always ask for nudes when you ask me for favors. vVv for Life!
  4. 29 points
    As you are all aware, vVv Gaming is moving away from a casual family community into a community of athletes. In the spirit of this transition, we want to better define what we expect from a vVv member. There are no hard rules. This process is not a math problem. This is not a test with a score. It is subjective. We try to be objective about what is important to vVv Gaming but in the end it will always be a subjective process. What we can do is share with you how we evaluate both applicants and members. If you want to get into vVv Gaming, and if you want to remain a member of vVv Gaming, then know that we look at: your average posts per day. the time you were last active on the forums. our players’ streams and we notice the vVv members who support them. the quality of the last five topics you started in the forums. the quality of the last five posts you’ve made. the quality of your posts regarding other applicants. Yes, we look very closely on how you give and receive feedback to our applicants. who participates in our donation drives. who purchases vVv gear from our store. who takes pictures wearing our vVv gear and shares it with the world. who purchases products from our sponsors and shares pictures with the world of those products. applicants who try and promote competitors teams and their sponsors. This is a quick way to get your application closed. your LAN event attendance and pictures of you wearing vVv gear supporting our teams. your participation in vVv community events (tournaments, in-houses, community game nights). your contributions to make vVv Gaming a better place by taking on special projects from staff. the quality of people you recommend into vVv Gaming. the way you interact with other members and, most importantly, how you make people feel. the number of people who endorse you and the quality of their written endorsements (not required, but they count). endorsements that are difficult to get, i.e., LordJerith, Doomhammer, RobZGod. your Twitter and Facebook to see if you support vVv Gaming (if you actually have over 50+ followers) both the number and quality of your tweets and facebook comments. When our teams are playing, we expect to see you support them on social media (grow your followrs and make frineds to spread the word). your sense of humor, your personality and how well you communicate verbally, written or through visual media (this is really important, and we saved it until the end. We hope everyone took the time to read all of this). So after you fill out your application, know that it can take anywhere between 30 to 90 days to get into vVv. The more of the above that you do, the faster your application will progress. Question: How do I get my pre-interview? Answer: Well, if you did all of the above, it should happen pretty quickly. If not…
  5. 19 points
    vVv Doomhammer

    What is a vVv Gamer?

    A large part of what has always made vVv Gaming exceptional is that we only allow the best people to be a part of the community. There is an exclusivity that comes from refusing to lower the standards of what we expect from each other, and from constantly striving to meet those standards ourselves. The endorsement application system is designed to give the power to vVv members to decide who they want to be a part of the community. This lets them directly shape the organization, but it also comes with the responsibility of consistently ensuring they are only letting in the best people. It used to be up to staff to decide if an applicant was a good fit for vVv, and they were taught what to look for through training and leadership. We wanted to help clarify what an endorsement means, because it's important that you, the community, understand the key traits that determine what a vVv Gamer is. A vVv Gamer is Curious: You love to learn, find new challenges and solve problems. You are eager to understand more about the bigger picture of eSports, vVv's history and culture, and you're excited to explore new titles and play with different gamers. You question all assumptions, even if it means being uncomfortable or uncertain, or not having the "right answer." ​ A vVv Gamer is Passionate: Other people get jazzed when they are around you. You unlock the potential in others and can get other people to love what you love by making it engaging. You actively take the initiative to improve vVv because you understand that this place and this community is only as great as you make it. A vVv Gamer is Collaborative: You foster creativity by sharing ideas and working with others improve both in-game and as a person. You want to answer questions, offer your knowledge, and encourage others to join you on the path of becoming better in every way possible. You look for opportunities to assist others and you have decided that it's your responsibility to take leadership and get involved with the community. A vVv Gamer is Fun: You are not thin-skinned and you don't take offense to every little thing. You also are not callous or make crude, inappropriate jokes. You tailor your humor to your audience. You are classy. You don't degrade other players, you encourage and welcome them. You evangelize vVv to the world, and you actively strive to make other people have a great experience. Maybe sometimes you act a bit silly. I don't know. I'm a forum post, not a cop. A vVv Gamer is Humble: You know that there's no room for ego. You recognize that your own skill is only important because of how well it allows you to help others improve. You positively represent vVv members and our culture on social media, in-game and on the website, because you understand that you are the face of vVv Gaming every time you interact with someone. A vVv Gamer is Social: You relish the opportunity to meet potential applicants and hang out with old friends. Whether in the shoutbox, on social media, or in-game you always look to include new people and give them the opportunity to become a part of this amazing community that you call your own. As a community member, when you are looking at an applicant and deciding if you want to endorse them, look at this list. Does the applicant have these traits? Does this person embody an exemplary vVv member? It can be hard to tell someone, "I won't endorse you because I don't think you're a good fit for vVv." Just remember, the applicant who gets angry or dramatic is the kind of person we don't want in vVv Gaming. The kind of gamer we want will say something like, "I'm sorry to hear that. What are some ways I could improve, or some things I could do differently." Those are the opportunities to get awesome new members that will continue to make vVv the greatest community in eSports.
  6. 16 points
    vVv Gaming’s Top 4 LAN Accomplishments vVv Gaming teams and players have earned over $125,000 in cash and prizes Call of Duty 1st eBash 2013, Indianapolis 3rd MLG Winter Championship 2013, Dallas 4th NERV 4 2010, Allentown 4th NERV 3 2010, Allentown Counter-Strike: Source 4th LAN ETS 2011, Montreal DJ Hero 1st DEVASTATION 2010, Phoenix 2nd DEVASTATION 2010, Phoenix 4th DEVASTATION 2010, Phoenix FIFA 1st World Cyber Games U.S. National Finals 2013, Durham 2nd World Cyber Games U.S. National Finals 2013, Durham 4th World Cyber Games Pan-American Championship 2011, Sao Paulo 2nd World Cyber Games U.S. National Finals 2010, Los Angeles 3rd World Cyber Games Pan-American Championship 2010, Sao Paulo 2nd FIFA Interactive World Cup National Final 2009, New York 3rd World Cyber Games US Open Invitational 2009, New York 2nd World Cyber Games National Final 2009, New York Gears of War 1 Gears of War 2 & Gears of War 3 3rd Hypefestation 2011, New York 3rd DEVASTATION 2011, Phoenix 1st Carolina Games Summit 2010, Goldsboro 2nd World Cyber Games 2009, New York 3rd Major League Gaming 2009, Dallas 1st Carolina Games Summit 2009, Goldsboro 2nd World Cyber Games Holiday Heroes 2008, New York 1st Carolina Game Summit 2008, Goldsboro 3rd XL6 2008, Birmingham 3rd XL5 2008, Birmingham 2nd XL4 2008, Birmingham 1st XL3 2007, Birmingham 2nd Major League Gaming 2007, Chicago 2nd Major League Gaming 2007, Dallas 1st Major League Gaming 2007, Meadowlands Guitar Hero 1st Powersurge 2012, Los Angeles 1st Rockage 2012, San Jose 1st Project: Storm Surge 2012, Orlando 1st MAGFest 2012, Washington DC 1st DEVASTATION 2011, Phoenix 2nd DEVASTATION 2011, Phoenix 3rd DEVASTATION 2011, Phoenix 4th DEVASTATION 2011, Phoenix 1st Midnight Gaming Championship 2010, Las Vegas 2nd Midnight Gaming Championship 2010, Las Vegas 3rd Midnight Gaming Championship 2010, Las Vegas 1st World Cyber Games Grand Finals 2010, Los Angeles 2nd World Cyber Games U.S. National Finals 2010, Los Angeles 3rd World Cyber Games U.S. National Finals 2010, Los Angeles 2nd World Cyber Games Pan-American Championship 2010, Sao Paulo 3rd Electronic Sports World Cup 2010, Paris 1st GUFest 2010, Foxboro 2nd GUFest 2010, Foxboro 1st DEVASTATION 2010, Phoenix 3rd DEVASTATION 2010, Phoenix 4th DEVASTATION 2010, Phoenix 3rd World Cyber Games Finals 2009, Chengdu Halo 3 3rd FFA Major League Gaming 2010, Raleigh 1st FFA GenCon 2010, Indianapolis 1st World Cyber Games National Finals 2008, Stoneleigh Park 2nd Halo 3 Playoffs 2008, Birmingham 2nd XL5 2008, Birmingham Halo: Reach 3rd Major League Gaming 2011, Raleigh 1st FFA Major League Gaming 2011, Dallas 1st FFA Major League Gaming 2010, Dallas Hearthstone 1st Dreamhack Open Summer 2014, Jönköping King of Fighters XIII 2nd CEO 2012, Orlando 3rd Major League Gaming 2012, Anaheim California 3rd Major League Gaming Winter Championships 2012, Columbus League of Legends 1st Lancouver 2012, Vancouver Canada Mortal Kombat 9 1st CEO 2012, Orlando 2nd CEO 2012, Orlando 4th Major League Gaming 2012, Anaheim California 1st Major League Gaming Winter Championships 2012, Columbus 2nd Major League Gaming Winter Championships 2012, Columbus 1st Final Round XV 2012, Atlanta 1st Winter Brawl VI 2012, Philadelphia 2nd Winter Brawl VI 2012, Philadelphia 1st Apex 2012, New Brunswick 3rd Apex 2012, New Brunswick 2nd SoCal Regionals 2011, Irvine 1st NEC XII 2011, Philadelphia 3rd NEC XII 2011, Philadelphia 2nd Season's Beatings: Velocity 2011, Columbus 1st DEVASTATION 2011, Phoenix 2nd EVO 2011, Las Vegas 1st Major League Gaming 2011, Raleigh Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 1st Major League Gaming 2008, Orlando 1st Major League Gaming 2008, Toronto 4th Major League Gaming 2008, San Diego Rock Band 1st Devastation 2011, Phoenix 1st GUFest (Guitar) 2010, Foxboro 3rd GUFest (Guitar) 2010, Foxboro 4th GUFest (Guitar) 2010, Foxboro 1st GUFest (Drums) 2010, Foxboro 3rd GUFest (Drums) 2010, Foxboro 1st Total Rock, Total Rewards Qualifier 2010, Miami 1st PAX East Tournament Champions 2010, Boston SOCOM 4 3rd $20,000 Tournament Ladder 2011, Gamebattles. Soul Calibur V 1st CEO 2012, Orlando 4th Major League Gaming 2012 Anaheim California StarCraft 2 3rd LANCouver 2012, Vancouver 1st LANKnight's II 2011, Orlando 2nd LANWAR XX 2011, Indiana University 2nd UBCLAN II 2011, University of British Columbia 4th IEM NA Championship 2010, New York 1st LANWAR XIX 2010, Indiana University 3rd LANWAR XIX 2010, Indiana University Super Smash Bros Brawl 4th Apex 2012, New Brunswick 2nd Midnight Gaming Championship 2010, Las Vegas 4th Midnight Gaming Championship 2010, Las Vegas 1st Major League Gaming 2010, Raleigh 2nd Major League Gaming 2010, Raleigh 1st Major League Gaming Doubles 2010, Raleigh 1st Major League Gaming 2010, Columbus 4th Major League Gaming 2010, Columbus 1st DEVASTATION Doubles 2010, Phoenix 2nd DEVASTATION Doubles 2010, Phoenix 1st Devastation 2010, Phoenix 2nd Devastation 2010, Phoenix 3rd Devastation 2010, Phoenix 3rd Apex 2010, Princeton 4th Apex 2010, Princeton 3rd Apex Singles (Brawl +) 2010, Princeton Super Smash Bros Melee 2nd Apex Doubles 2010, New Brunswick 3rd Apex 2010, New Brunswick Unreal Tournament 3 3rd XL6 2008, Birmingham Virtua Fighter 5 1st World Cyber Games US Nationals 2009, New York
  7. 15 points
    vVv RobZ

    My vVv Story - Part 1

    Today I turn 21 years old.. The last few years have been a blur, but recently I had a chance to tell the story for the first time in a while. It actually happened this past weekend. vVv staff was all visiting LA for the weekend for MLG, LCS and to get aligned on strategy. Naturally, I’m not a very open or vulnerable person, but after sharing and seeing the reaction of the room - I realized how important the two are in building relationships and trust between people. I’d now like to share that same story with the World. So here goes nothing . . . I discovered vVv Gaming back in June of 2007 after joining a random Public Lobby in Gears of War. I remember it vividly. The map was canals and I was immediately welcomed by the voices of vVv members, applicants and the application manager at the time, vVv Woody56292jr. I had known of clans before from when I played socom on gamebattles a few years back, but had not encountered any on the console before. Woody did a great job explaining what vVv was and told me to check out the website if I was interested in joining. The website, which I learned was designed by a member of the community named “Froot” had an image of their Gears of War team winning a big tournament in New Jersey. I thought to myself, “These guys are legit, I want to one day become as good as them and learn everything I can from this community.” I submitted an application, and the rest was history from there. I was banned from the shoutbox several times, had my application closed due to a very immature attitude. Looking back, I was a terrible teammate and just a brat kid who thought he knew more than he did. Although I departed from vVv before I was ever really accepted back then, they introduced my to competitive gaming, specifically the Gears scene. I took my application being closed as motivation to improve as a player and person. I played every single day that Summer for at least 6 hours on gamebattles and in scrims with friends. I attended my first major event in 2007 which in Toronto and ended up placing 4th. Not too shabby. Local Lan in Connecticut Fast forward about a year later, I ran into a player named Sun Down who was apart of vVv’s Gears division. We both hadn't earned “Pro Status” yet, but we hit it off right away and decided to work together with two other players in Enmity and Demon. This was our team, and the tournament we were preparing for was the next MLG event on the 2008 pro circuit in Toronto. Because Sun Down was already apart and vVv, we decided to approach them to represent a community because we knew they could help us take our game to the next level with their history in the Gears scene. I still remember that interview with Jerry and I know he knew that I was the same brat kid who had his application closed and was banned in the past, but he gave me that shot to redeem myself. We had the spot and were the 2nd Gears team for vVv at that time. That team was called vVv Destiny. Remember that name for later in the story. Clocktower Our team actually stuck together for the months leading up to the event and we were really confident in our strategies and teamwork. I still remember some of the late nights coordinating with Nick (Enmity) how we would play the host spot and secondary positions together to focus down someone trying to go for the mid pillar or sandbag push strat. We went to the event and actually had a to get a last minute replacement at the event for Demon because he sketched out. We grabbed Mephisto from another team and were ready to go. No practice with him at all, we had to change our strats, but we knew his rawl skill would definitely fill in for that. vVv Destiny at MLG Toronto ‘07 We placed 9th at this event, which was a big accomplishment for all of us since it was of the most competitive events of the year and of course with our circumstances of using a last minute replacement. The team stuck together, but made a roster change with bringing in Storm for Sun Down. Our next big event was closer to home for me in New York City at the Samsung Experience Center for WCG. I took the train down from Connecticut and stayed with my sister in the city. This event was on the newly released Gears of War 2 and we took 2nd at this event as an invitational team. vVv Destiny and Coach Sun Down at WCG Holiday Heroes After this event, the team was working towards the next level and my attitude was letting not allowing the team to perform at their best. I was released from the team and got involved with several other competitive titles such as Socom, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. I still hung around vVv, but was not nearly as involved as I was when I was competing. I was very competitive in these games as well, hitting gladiator in WoW on multiple accounts and holding the Crown in Socom for the longest out of any team that season. I became back involved with vVv again for Call of Duty, where I lead the first community team “vVv Essence. to a victory in the MLG NYB online tournament. After Call of Duty wasn’t supported with any LAN events, I stopped playing games all together. This was all around my Junior year in High School. I switched back to Public School from a Tech Program and went on to try to lead an ordinary life, without gaming. I had a lot of catching up to do because I was away from those friends for several years, but I tried my best to be “normal” and live up to the social expectations of a Senior. I went out, hosted a few parties and built relationships. Summer just started. I just graduated, turned 18, got accepted into the school I wanted to attend and got a brand new car. Graduation and Birthday Present I was living the ordinary life. Not in contact with anyone from vVv or gaming at all, I thought this is what I wanted. Fourth of July was around the corner, and I thought it would be a good idea to drink and drive. Long story short. I drove home from a party by myself, hit a car and then drove home with the front end of my car scraping against the pavement. When I pulled into my driveway, the cops were already there. I refused the breathalyzer test and started talking to them about my times as a competitive gamer. They took me to jail and then later the Hospital. I was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving in the Wrong Lane and Driving Under the Influence. Night of the accident Thousands of dollars in lawyer fees later, two of the charges were dropped and was license was suspended for one year. I had to take classes and immediately accept a ton of responsibility to not only pay my family back, but also get my life together. This accident turned around my life. It was a wake up call. That Summer, I worked every day with my Dad and then later got a job at Panera. For the next two years, I commuted to school my train every Monday and Wednesday. Woke up at 6am took a bus to a train, to a shuttle and then another bus. I would get home at about 9pm. My projects in school Around this time, I reached out to Jerry to tell him my story and see if I could get back involved with my passions: gaming and esports. I was paying very little attention to the scene, but it just felt right to go back home to vVv. I began writing articles and blogs just to share my competitive gaming thoughts and stories. The blog hit 30,000 views at one point, but by then I wanted to get more and more involved with vVv staff. At this point, I was getting advice from my sister and parents that I shouldn’t do vVv stuff for too long as it was unpaid work and wouldn’t provide me with anything. I also had the urge this entire time to go out and party with friends, but I stayed focused and stuck to my gut. With vVv, I wanted to help players who had the same challenges I did as a player and help them be successful. I ran tournaments, write articles, consulted on team decisions and did whatever I could to help vVv become a better organization. All of my energy outside of work and school (and even sometimes in school, see photo above) was focused on that goal. vVv Destiny Reunited at Hypefestation About a year and a half later, I became the VP of Operations at vVv Gaming. Two weeks later, Jerry announced that he was joining Riot Games as the Director of People. MLG Columbus 2012 Fast forward to the Season 3 World Finals for League of Legends, I made the trip out to LA to visit Jerry and Jordan at their new apartment. During this time, Jordan and I were working on a project called the Experience Initiative which was focused on providing teams and staff opportunities to work in the gaming industry. While we were watching the World Finals that year, Forbes had released an article about our project with an interview - I lost it. It wasn’t the attention or article, the emotion that hit me was the culmination from that first GoW Public match, to the MLG events, DUI accident and to now. Jerry looked at me, and we both felt it. We both knew at the very moment that vVv Gaming was a very special place. For some reason, at that moment, Jerry also saw something in me and decided to offer me to come live out in Los Angeles to pursue my own personal goal of working in the gaming industry full time. Season 2 World Championship I landed back in New York City to stay with my sister that weekend and told her about the trip. I mentioned that it could be a possibility of me leaving school in Connecticut to come to LA to work on vVv. There were a lot of concerns about leaving school, or how I would manage out there on my own. She suggested that I study abroad in Germany like she did and I was tempted. I kept it to myself for a while because I wasn’t sure how my parents would react, but then, when my Grandma was visiting I told her all about it. We sat down with my parents and sister to explain my decision and the opportunity. About a week later it was December 15th and I had a one way ticket to LA… I'll be releasing the full story throughout the next few days. Do you have a vVv story? Share it with us!
  8. 14 points
    As eSports and technology change, so must vVv Gaming adapt in order to stay ahead. Our first change is a reduction in the application time to 30 days. All applicants will be reviewed at the 30-day mark to see if they are a good fit for vVv Gaming. We can extend this if we feel it is needed, but we also want to do less babysitting, and we will also be more aggressive closing apps if they don't "get it" 30 days into the application process. Most importantly, we decided that we needed a process that was more friendly and allowed applicants to tell us how THEY want to add value. Here are the methods that add value to vVv Gaming: Bloggers: Link us to your blogs so that we can evaluate if they are a good fit for vVv Gaming. Casters: Link us to examples of your casting so that we can determine if your content is a good fit for vVv Gaming. Donator ($15 per month): You like to game. Your time is precious, you want a community of skilled, social and intelligent gamers. You want to be a part of vVv Gaming, but real life does not make it easy for you to add value in other ways, so you donate. Game Guru (Subject Matter Expert): You know everything about a game. It’s not that you think you know everything about the game, it’s that everyone in the game respects your opinion. To prove that you are well respected, please share links to the game related forums proving your expertise. Graphic Artists: Link us to examples of your work so we can determine if the style and skill are a good fit for vVv Gaming. Socialite (vVv Forum Commando or loveable troll): You live in the vVv shoutbox. You love meeting new people and your posts are not just quantity; they are quality. When people log onto the vVv Gaming forums, you are one of those people whom everyone expects to see, and you make them feel at home. Social Media Expert (Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube): You live on Social Media and are addicted with getting the latest information and sharing it with others. You can live on a diet of tweets, retweets, likes, follows, upvotes and comments. Staff (Business Development, Sales, Team Manager, Tournament Organizer, etc): You’re professional. You have a resume full of positions that demonstrates your experience in eSports, Gaming or Community Development. Streamers: Link us to your stream so that we can determine if you are a good fit for vVv Gaming. Writers/Editors: Link us to articles so that we can determine if the content is a good fit for vVv Gaming. Video Producer: Link us to your YouTube channel and other videos you've created so that we can determine if your content is a good fit for vVv Gaming. You should notice that we want proof of what you did BEFORE applying to vVv Gaming for all the BOLD items. The two underlined items show ways to add value that do not require any previous proof. Again, we will evaluate you based on how YOU tell us that you will add value to vVv Gaming. We will ask all applicants and vVv members to do at least ONE thing well every month. Some may always do the same thing well, some may switch it up. The key is to constantly add value. Of course, if you want extra credit, do more than one of these at a high level, but always do at least one really well. Our next Chop-chop date is June 15th. You have 30 days to add value well. Good Luck.
  9. 13 points
    vVv LordJerith

    Something Special

    I've been watching. I probably should tell you that I'm not writing this as the owner of vVv Gaming, or even as someone who works in the video game industry. I'm writing to you as someone who has had the pleasure of experiencing vVv Gaming as a community member. I want to share with you some of the things I've noticed, and I want to point to an observation about something. Let's call it, "something special." I was struggling with where to begin this. I was going to talk about the move to LA and starting at Riot. Those are just facts, though. The right place to start this is at the League of Legends' World Finals. I was sitting between Rob, Kevin and Jordan. Rob leaned over to me, and he showed me a Forbes article that had come out while we were at the world finals. I think it was right there that the journey that has been vVv Gaming culminated in a very special moment for me. Indulge me. I want to take you back in time. I want you to know something very important. Everything about the World Finals moment... I did not know that any of it was possible six months before. In six months, what was possible changed. In that moment, a 14-year-old, annoying, emo kid, who was at best a B+ Gears of War player had grown into a 19-year-old that accomplished a win for himself and vVv Gaming solely because of his passion for eSports and commitment to vVv. After that moment, I've been looking and watching what the people in vVv Gaming have been doing. There is something very special going on here. I'm not sure I can list everyone who has caught my attention. I certainly can't list every act of awesomeness I have observed over the past couple of months. What I can do is share with all of you some of my observations. Friends. I'm just amazed at how many of you are actually friends.Think about it. How many people in vVv Gaming make up a part of your daily life? Just for myself, Kevin, Nick, Rob, Greg, have all visited already. Nick is visiting again in December, Nathan is visiting in January; it's actually pretty amazing. In 2013, I'm going to make it a point to attend many more eSports events. I look forward to meeting more of you in person. Great gamers. Has anyone noticed that even some of the worst vVv Gamers are probably better than a vast majority of players out there? I've played with people in the gaming industry. I've played with people in the eSports industry. You should all know that you're better. If you think for a moment that the people in vVv Gaming are not skilled then I encourage you to actually get a group of your real life friends together and compare them to the people you play with daily in vVv. Personally, I choose vVv every time. eSports. I'm amazed at how much eSports continues to grow and change. 2013 will be a huge year. New games like Hawken arrive. Season 3 for League of Legends. SC2 Heart of the Swarm. And the eSports leagues will finally be coordinating and working together. Each of you are witnessing an industry emerge, driven on passion and a consistent commitment to excellence. Social. The way we socialize has changed. When we were primarily a console organization, everything relied on the vVv Gaming forum shoutbox. XBL limited us to 100 friends. Chat parties were limited. Now that we have a focus on PC gaming, we use Mumble to connect. I want you to think about this the next time you feel the shoutbox is empty. We don't need to type to communicate anymore. We can just hop on Mumble, have a short conversation and build stronger relationships. Finally I want to give a few shoutouts. Sontran. You have that "something special." You make people laugh. Your positive nature and energy are infectious. vVv Gaming is a better place because of people like you. Voided. Your consistent financial contributions to vVv Gaming are deeply appreciated. You demonstrate that vVv Gaming has real value to you, and you're willing to support our humble efforts. What you contribute is critical. From our servers to our Mumble server, your contributions help keep vVv Gaming running. I appreciate your consistent commitment Paradise. I can see you growing up. You're starting to leverage your experience in vVv Gaming to drive positive results and set yourself up for success. Your work is part of the DNA of vVv Gaming. There is not a day that goes by that I am not deeply thankful for your loyalty, commitment and efforts in making vVv Gaming better. Your potential as a leader in vVv Gaming is unlimited. What happens here in vVv Gaming matters. People are watching. Never forget, everything you do counts. Medusa. I miss you. I miss talking to you. I see your work everywhere. Your signs idea, although it may have seemed simple, has changed the way we interact at events. You have made vVv Gaming better. I can't believe that no one had the idea to make signs. Even if someone had the idea, you took the step that counts. You made them. You brought them to events, you raised them high for the world to see. I'm very proud of your work. Every time I get a chance to hop into a staff meeting, I hear the voice of someone who deeply cares about the quality of people in vVv Gaming. Thank you. Sugarbear. You remind me that vVv Gaming can have a positive influence on a wide variety of people. After the opportunity to come interview at Riot, your laser focus on vVv University is awesome. Much as I mentioned to Paradise, what you do with this really matters. There is a larger opportunity here than I think you know. You have quietly guided Starcraft 2, attended and contributed at events, and been a thoughtful, consistent, practical contributor to what we do. Every team needs a Sugarbear. vVv Gaming is so very fortunate to have one. SC2 Aspire. What Babytoss has started here with the help of Sugarbear and others, is very important. What you are trying to do is very hard. This is about the journey. Please remember that. The habits and skills you learn will carry throughout life. It matters what happens here. I don't need to tell you that. What you put into it, you will take out of it and more. I'm watching. Sometimes, when you only have two or three people on stream, one of them could very well be me. This is already too long. There never seems enough space or confidence in peoples' patience to write down everything. There are so many new faces in vVv Gaming. Website traffic is the highest it's been in the history of the organization. Under Jordan and Rob's leadership, vVv Gaming has continued to grow. I have tasked Jordan with grooming Rob to take over vVv Gaming at some point next year. I'm so excited at what Jordan has done with the organization, and realize that I should have been giving others a greater opportunity to lead. With Rob moving to LA, Jordan will personally be able to groom him. This also means there are many more staff opportunities for the greater community. I expect our current staff to grow in their responsibilities. We are grooming future leaders. Think about that. A tiny group of gamers in 2007 has grown into a global eSports brand that develops players, contributors and leaders. Your efforts as both individuals and a collective community make the lives of others better. Who gets to say that? There is something very special about vVv Gaming. I don't know what it is exactly. I know it has to do with the people. The people of vVv Gaming have created a very special culture. Being able to experience that culture instead of always having to shape and lead it has been so valuable. I look forward to growing old with all of you. I see myself gaming for the rest of my life. I imagine many of you do, as well. I hope that what we are building with vVv Gaming will not only serve all of us as we grow old and game together, but also serve as a special place for future generations of gamers. Some of your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, may very well one day wear the three V's. For many of us, we have gotten more out of vVv Gaming than we have contributed. This place is a force multiplier for success. Onward! Continue to do great things. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Never forget that the world is watching. You are all better collectively than you are individually. Take nothing here for granted. More importantly, this is yours. Own it. Most importantly, become stewards of it. Be stewards for future generations. There is "something special" here.
  10. 12 points
    Note: As I've been around the StarCraft 2 community, I've seen about hundreds of people offering StarCraft 2 coaching, seeing many of coaches in action as well, on their streams. It became some sort of a trend within a StarCraft 2 community. You can easily hook yourself up with a SC2 coach, if you look hard enough. Some of them offer their services for free, some of them ask for a hourly fee. Now, what has me thinking is, that a lot of people do follow the formula of 'He is a GM player, he will teach me a lot!'. Many, many posts on that on Teamliquid.net in particular. The question, which lingers in the air is... So, what makes a SC2 good coach? The answer could be as simple as 'He needs to be able to teach'. Obviously. However, in terms of mostly limited interaction between the Coach & Student, which is usually Skype and the pair meeting up on Battle.net, the coach needs to be extremelly versatile and articulate, being able to understand his/her student from just seeing them play and hear them talk. Now, it is no secret, that teaching requires a special sort of personality, skillsets & approach. It can be easily compared to a teacher in real-life. The approach, which the teacher takes heavily influences how fast or slow your Student progresses. Teachers do need to know their stuff, they need to be able to analyze their students and see how is the best way to approach someone's education. It is a common mistake, which I get to see from some real-life teachers, as well as SC2 coaches, who just tell the student what to do, instead of telling their students WHY they are doing it. The 'WHY I am doing it' aspect is quite important factor in most people's education. from my own perspective, I have trouble remembering something just for the sake of remembering it. I need to know why I am doing something, to find a logic reasoning behind it, thus, being able to remember it with ease. But when I don't know something, I need to be told! That statement is only half-true. Of course, if it's a new build order you want to learn, you need to know the necessary steps and timings, to have a very tight openings, as well as gentle macro-mistakes reminders can be useful, to further ingrain the macro into your system. However - often a coach would bring another student of his, to serve as a sparring partner for his student, usually in equal skill-level. That alone is questionable for me a bit, as I personally try to practice with much better players than I am, although admittedly, that can be brutal to one's psychological side and it can take it's toll. Means that if the player is way stronger than you, you'd not see a single win for a week or longer, depending on how much you progress. Now, what I do find as common issue among coaches is, that they tell their student during the practice game exactly what to do. Now, to make it clear, I am not talking about the situation when the student is learning a new build order. I am talking about when the student is actually playing against someone, with their coaches observing them. In my opinion, that will not teach you anything. As everything in StarCraft is situational, the longer the game goes. You can't just memorize the game from 0:00 to say 20:00. It seems that my original question then still stands, doesn't it? StarCraft 2 Coaching takes a lot more than you realize... So again, good coach, please? The coach needs to make their student to think on their own. Yes, go as far as asking them questions during the game, give them a hint, say 'You see a pool going down early, what does that indicate and how can you react to the situation?' It may seem a bit like theorycrafting, but, it does teach you to think 'StarCraft'. It teaches you how to react, what your options are, when you see certain situations laid out in front of you. And when you think about it deeper once your session ends, it will even make sense for you! I'd compare that to a man, who doesn't give a fish to hungry one and teach them how to fish instead. To offer a bit of personal experience here: I had a friend of mine teaching me this way and sometimes I literally felt like a pupil sitting in class, trying to mumble responses to my teacher, during a lesson at school, but it was totally worth it and it helped some of my skillsets immenselly, when it comes to StarCraft! Personal approach - Important! Not everyone is capable of learning by the 'standard pattern'. The way coach approaches their students and the way they teach them, it is equally as important as the game knowledge. Some players maybe do enjoy a coach yelling over at them through Skype bunch of commands, as to what to do and when, however, some people are not as versed in stressful situations and need calmer, slower-paced teacher. In the end, StarCraft 2 coaches are not that different from real-life teachers. They require extensive knowledge of their area of interest, they need to have at least basic understanding of who they are teaching, what kind of player they are dealing with; in order to be able to pinpoint their strong & weak points to be able to help in the most effective way. What about Coach's league?! Yes, getting to that as well. No offence to a lot of GrandMaster players, but I'd not pick them as the best coaches. Yes, I do respect their brilliant in-game skills. But, let's pour a fresh wine here and be completelly honest for a while. A lot of these players are so focused on their own improvement, that they do not have the personal skills, time & correct approach to be able to effectivelly pass down their knowledge to their students. And that is perfectly fine, as they are focusing on themselves, to improve their game. However, as I said, being in GrandMaster doesn't make one automatically a good coach. Even in real-life, sport's coaches are mostly not the best of the best. It simply really comes down to the ability to be able to teach. Good teachers do not always come from champions. However, there is need for wide knowledge, as I pointed out earlier, so no, not everyone is cut out to be a coach. Some people lack the knowledge for it and some people lack personal skillsets, such as empathy, patience and overall ability to effectively teach someone by breaking it down in a way their student would understand the principle, as to WHY they are doing something, instead of just memorizing it, which will not help them in the long run. For example, look at known caster and personality in StarCraft scene - Sean "Day[9]" Plott. I believe he'd make one of the best StarCraft 2 coaches, because he truly is brilliant in breaking the game down into smallest of smallest pieces, so that it is easy for anyone to understand the concept of what he tries to teach. And, is he a top StarCraft 2 player winning every top tournament nowadays? No. He is not and yet, let's see an extreme example - if I ever had a choice say, between oGsMC and Day[9], Sean would definitelly be the preffered coach for me. Knowledge of StarCraft is important... Asking impossible? Did I just make it sound like StarCraft 2 coaches, if they want to be the best, are to devote time to learning how to deal with people, how to pass down knowledge and how to gain an ability to teach in general? Yes. I did. But it takes too long? Yes, that is also true. But think about it. A lot of coaches ask for hourly fee equal to a hourly fee of real-life teacher, who sits with you in real life and talks you through things. I believe, that those who ask people to pay them for their service should aim for providing the best. And even those kind souls, who try to help other StarCrafters to get better without any monetal reward could think about this. Help in the best way possible, as I believe that is your reason behind wanting to coach others, right? You don't learn to be just a good player. You need to learn how to be a good teacher as well. That too takes it's own time and unique 'practice'. Last words? In no way I want to discourage coaches and their students. In fact, I admire that some people do reach out to the community and help others. It is something I highly respect and it is something I'd love to do for others, once I feel my knowledge and experiences are good enough. I believe there's a huge reward in itself to see a student growing under one's wing. Seeing my student 'graduate' under my tutelage will bring only proud blush to my cheeks one day. As it should to you, dear reader, if you happen to be a StarCraft 2 coach. Good luck and have fun with coaching your underlings! ------ Wrote this up some time ago, as a rant on StarCraft 2 coaches. Wanting to point out, that teaching, just like playing SC2 requires some practice and there's the fact, that just because someone's a high league player, it automatically doesn't make them great teachers. wanted to share, both because vVv Ambush asked, as well as I know some people do offer coaching and this may actually help them. Hope you enjoy. 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  11. 10 points
    With Jerry returning to vVv to run things again, my time as President of vVv has come to a close. I wanted to take some time to reflect on how things went. Primarily I feel like I failed vVv in a lot of ways. The ADL stagnated due to my mismanagement and failure to keep people pushing toward excellence. The CoD division was on life support for way too long. As a whole I didn't effectively execute on my vision for making vVv Gaming an awesome place for competitive gamers. Primarily there were certain personal things holding me back from executing on my vision. The main two were my self-awareness with how I handled my working relationships and my inability to focus. I looked for all kinds of ways to increase my productivity, reading up on things like prioritizing, focusing on your mission, having a clear idea of what it is that you want to accomplish, but none of that addressed the core problem: I was just getting distracted by everything and unable to focus when it came time to do the big, important work. I wasn't lacking a strategy, I was lacking discipline. With my working relationships, I was acting like a complete ass to people without even realizing it. I didn't take the time to re-read what I was writing, or think about how I was coming across to people, and the ways I tried to approach people to "help" them made me come across as a bureaucratic authority who's only help was to tell people "no" or "do things my way". Obviously these two flaws are going to prevent anyone from being a good, let alone great leader. Thankfully Jerry was able to help me regain my focus and also help me raise my self awareness within just two weeks of returning. In the past two weeks I've gotten more accomplished, felt better about myself and my future, and improved the way I handle my relationships more than any time in the past 9 years. I've even started looking at some difficult problems I've been facing personally and just by asking myself "What would Jerry tell me?" I can usually figure out the best way to proceed and handle things. So now I just need to return to my vision and remember why it's so compelling for me. As a kid I had to go through some real difficulty trying to figure out how to be gay and in love with someone who would never return that feeling. It's deeply important to me that no one should have to go through life facing difficult challenges without feeling like there is someone there who can help them. I think that within the larger gaming community there are endless opportunities to fulfill that mission. Don't like the way you look? Cosplay as your favorite game character. Bullied at school? Go online and find people who love you just because you share a passion for the same game as they do. Giving up on your dreams? Volunteer your time doing amazing things for the larger gaming community and develop marketable skills to work in or outside of the gaming industry. There is so much good that we can do together, and I am passionate about making the world a better place than the one I had to grow up in. I sometimes wonder how many people there were in the world when I was growing up who gave up on their dreams to live a normal life. How many hours spent watching TV that could have been spent changing peoples' minds about homosexuality? How many hours spent in closeted sex clubs or on seedy hookups that could have been spent coming out and leading the LBGT awareness movement? How many desperate, needy relationships that distracted people from opening places where LGBT youth could come for help? Not that no one should watch TV, or people should never hookup, or that people shouldn't find love, but what was the real cost to the world when this becomes the focus of a life instead of a way to enhance it? How many suicides could have been prevented? How much bullying could have been stopped? And it's not just LGBT who have difficult challenges. Everyone has a closet. How many people feel like they have no one to turn to for help when the burden of hiding inside of it becomes overwhelming? How much of a better world could we create for all of humanity if we just took the time to focus on each other? I aspire to be as good as Jerry at finding, identifying, and communicating what people need in order to go from struggling to successful. And I look forward to creating an awesome community for all competitive gamers here over the next few months, and wherever life takes me I will continue on this mission for the rest of my life. If you feel the same way then come join me and let's make this awesome together.
  12. 10 points
    So there has been a few common difficulties I've found where applicants have trouble getting endorsements. I decided to write a post about how to improve your chances and getting into vVv with a few simple recommendations: Hang out before you apply This advice is really something everyone should consider. It can be pretty difficult to get someone to like you in just three weeks, especially if you only come on every week or so. Members will need to spend time with you to determine whether they like you or think you'd be a good addition to the community. People also have their own schedules, sometimes focusing on team nights or soloqueue/league practice. As a result it can be pretty difficult to get enough game time in with the same people consistently enough to get endorsed. By coming on mumble or XBL and hanging out with us on the forums, it gives people a better chance to get to know you before you submit an application. As a result it's much easier to get your endorsements later on. This also gives you a chance to see if vVv is the right community for you. Maybe you like the idea of vVv but the people rub you the wrong way, or maybe you like the people, but the direction of the organization isn't a good match for you. Whatever the case, it's best to find out before you put in the effort to put in an application and gather endorsements whether this is the place for you. Make yourself available to play frequently Getting to know a group of people can be a time-consuming task, especially when you consider you might not run into the same people every night. Wait to apply until you can consistently get on mumble or XBL at least 2-3 nights per week to play some games with people. This lets members retain their mental picture of you from one meeting to the next and thereby allows members to get to know you faster. Having multiple frequent nights of good interactions will likely get you endorsements without even having to ask for them. Be outgoing You might be a great person that everyone will love once they get to know you, but if you are very reserved or quiet on mumble or XBL no one will get the chance to find that out. Try to inject yourself in conversations as much as possible (being polite and trying not to cut people off, of course) or bring up conversations if no one is talking. Although not everyone can avoid being shy it is something you can work on, and being able to converse with people will translate into a great life skill later on. Be tactful It's not forbidden to ask people for endorsements, but consider how annoying it could be if someone were heckling you for something repeatedly every time you talked to them. The best way to go about asking for endorsements is to ask someone if they have any feedback for you. If they have nothing negative to say and generally positive things to say, it might be a good time to ask them to endorse you. If they still say no, accept that they might just not know you well enough yet and wait until you spend a few more nights playing with them before asking again. NEVER try to buy endorsements If you hear about someone selling endorsements in exchange for Microsoft points, RP, money, skins, etc. IMMEDIATELY contact a staff member. Do not attempt to purchase endorsements from ANYONE as this is 100% against the rules. We want vVv Gaming to be full of people who love to be around each other and add value, not people who can buy their way into the organization. If all else fails, find SugarBear (for LoL applicants) Sometimes people have certain personality traits that make people uncomfortable endorsing them, and may not be comfortable giving feedback like this to you. If you have tried the above and are still having trouble, I will find some time to play with you and can give you feedback on anything that might be putting people off and keeping you from getting endorsements. Please keep an open mind during these sessions, as any feedback is meant to be constructive and to help you grow as an individual. If you don't make it in, don't despair! Just because you failed to get the necessary endorsements in time to get your interview doesn't necessarily mean we hate you or don't want you here! It might simply be the case that we just didn't get the chance to get to know you well enough, or want to see you grow as a person a little before accepting you as a full member. Feel free to seek out as much feedback as possible and reapply in a few months if your application is closed due to failing to receive an endorsement. That's it! I hope these are helpful and good luck with your application. If you're a League of Legends applicant, be sure to join us on mumble every Tuesday and Thursday night for orientation and inhouses starting at 7 PM EST. Additional advice from vVv NaturaL:
  13. 10 points
    Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 00:06 | Written by BabyToss As promised, that I'd be writing spotlights of interesting personalities - I'm bringing you another one. This time, we have yet another role-model personality here. I believe, that if you actually follow StarCraft 2 scene, you'll know him. I'm talking about Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, a Dutch Protoss player. First, when you go and watch Grubby's stream, you'll notice one thing. He is entertainer. He enjoys making his show fun for the viewers. He talks, comments his games, does occassional giveaways and generaly is a friendly person to follow, when it comes to his streaming. Not only that, he is not afraid to go and interact with his fans outside of his stream. That actually makes him quite unique - a lot of known personalities seem to be distanced from their fanbase and they'd not talk to you unless you were known or you paid them. Often laughing and being generally positive, that is Grubby for you. If you haven't watched his stream or his games at least once, you are truly missing out. Grubby, similary to White-Ra, is a solo player with personal sponsorship. During 2011, he was sponsored by SteelSeries, but the sponsorship was dropped 'due to lack of enough results', according to Liquidpedia. Currently, he is under wings of Twitch.tv. Browsing into Grubby's past, he used to be a WarCraft 3 player, playing under Evil Geniuses. Looking into his past, this young lass managed to win a total of 38 LAN tournaments, from which, hold your breath, 6 were World Championships. Furthermore; Grubby is already married and yet, he still devotes time to his passion. Not many people do that. It is the issue of today's world, when people forget their passions and love for things they enjoyed to do, because of some unwritten 'standard', how one should live their lives. Grubby's wife also fully supports his husband in his endeavours, so he can fully comit to his work, while doing something he clearly enjoys. Additionally, Grubby tries to set an example by showing always positive manners. He is what I call, a leader by example, being a personality people naturally aim to follow, due to his warm and positive character. It just emanates from him, even when you see the guy for the first time, and that is a trait somewhat rare in the community. If you haven't watched Grubby, I suggest you do fix that mistake, I promise that you will not be disappointed, and at the top of all, you may learn a thing or two about StarCraft 2, playeing Protoss and perhaps, even becoming a better gamer - his stream can be found here - http://www.twitch.tv/followgrubby Don't go yet. I managed to catch Grubby for a short interview! INTERVIEW WITH GRUBBY Hihi, Grubby. Glad to have you. How are you today? "Hihi, I'm doing great." Thanks. Now, before we move onto different stuff, could you briefly introduce yourself? There are people, who do not know you, would you believe that.. "I'm a StarCraft 2 professional gamer with a love for eSports. I've begun gaming when I was 4 years old. For the last 9 years I've been competing in WarCraft 3 and then StarCraft 2. I've won 6 world championships from over 40 total victories. I'll be 26 years old in May and I'll still be Dutch." Let's look into your past - You are a WarCraft 3 veteran. Admittedly, because of StarCraft 2 being my first RTS, I do not know much about its scene or the game itself. Could you tell me and my audience, how did you even get into competitive gaming and what it was like for you, when you started off? "Since I started gaming at such a young age, and have loved playing games on the PC ever since, it was only normal that I'd end up falling in love with competitive gaming. I used to compete (and co-op) in games with my brothers mainly." Can you tell me about your very first success in WarCraft 3 and how did you feel after it? First victory usually is something you never forget, so, tell me about it. "The first really big success was winning World Cyber Games 2004 San Francisco. I had traveled to Korea 2 weeks prior to the WCG, and wasted not a minute in training. Before that, I'd been training 12 hours a day at home. I still did not believe I would win, but I did think I would make it to the finals. When I came to the grand finals, I was ecstatic, because the semi finals (against Shortround) was harder than I thought. My final match was against the Korean Zacard. I basically accepted 2nd place and was satisfied with that placement. I woke up early that morning and came to the venue earlier than almost anybody. I started warming up. As the time of the finals drew nearer, an orange legion showed up in the audience. Our country's delegation was comprised of 30+ players and staff; golden times for Netherlands & eSports. All of them were there cheering for me. Despite myself, I started believing in the possibility of winning. They were chanting my name. Still, I lost the first map and it just ascertained my fears; a quick 0-2 defeat would seem imminent. However, I quickly won the second map, and I played better than I ever had in the 3rd. An alien feeling followed me around as I seemingly got pulled in this direction and that, a handshake here and a picture there, a sequence of interviews and ceremonies. It was one big blur, to me, I could barely understand what was going on. I remember calling my mom, and I remember receiving the giant check, and my victory contributed to making Netherlands as the best WCG country of 2004. We laughed and cheered on stage, proud. It's great memories." Moving forward a bit, you were part of renown teams (such as 4Kings & Evil Geniuses) during your WarCraft 3 career. Could you tell me and my audience about that? How did your life change when you were first offered a spot on a professional team? What did it mean for you, personally, as well as a gamer? "When I was first offered a spot on 4Kings being one part of a 2v2 team, I had to make a difficult decision. Where do I want to go in WarCraft 3 and eSports? I was in a friends' team with a good but relatively casual atmosphere. I had to pick between team mates / friends and 'professional' advancement. I figured friends will stay friends but this opportunity could change everything. I accepted. For the first play day of the team league, I had a fever and could not play. I was torn by guilt and fear of leaving my team in such a pickle. The team manager was just like "Don't worry about it ". I was very surprised he was so cool about it, but I still felt guilty. Of the first matches, I lost most of them. They kept saying "it's ok" and their tolerant attitude mixed with the motivation of wanting to do better allowed me to grow up and become a better player. Fast forward time, and our 4K team was able to win 4 WC3L's and have the inimitable record of being undefeated for over a year, in more than 40 straight clan wars. 4Kings, though not being very professionally run, had a profound importance in how it shaped my career. Thanks to 4Kings' and Intel's budget, we were able to spend those 3 months in Korea which invested so very well into all of our training and team bonding." Can't hold onto it any longer. StarCraft 2 and you. How did you get into it & why Protoss? "In a sea of quick sequels and buggy games, Blizzard's games are precious pearls. I've played every Blizzard game (except WC1) and loved them all. Going into SC2 was a good choice. The challenge, excitement and pleasure of competing in WC3 and SC2 has been a complete thrill. I feel like Protoss picked me more than that I picked Protoss. I've always liked close combat units (like the Grunt, Raider, Tauren and Zealot) and quick units (Raider, Batrider, Phoenix)." Transition from one game into another can be difficult. How was your transition from WarCraft 3 to StarCraft 2? Was it easy? What did you struggle with the most during the transition? Tell me about it. "In WarCraft 3, the main challenges were: decisions, weighing pro's & con's, micromanagement, battle tactics, when to fight and when to avoid combat, upkeep management, item management, game sense. In StarCraft 2, the main challenges are: speed, economy management, positioning, map awareness, scouting, decisions and unit composition choices. The first thing I struggled with was the management of the economy. Just to name an example, in WarCraft 3, when you created an expansion, it was very usual to immediately attack the opponent without truly engaging in a all-out combat. This would buy time for your expansion to kick in and start working to your advantage; or maybe it would even keep your opponent blind to it (scouting was way more costly in WC3 than in SC2). In StarCraft 2, WC3 players were initially trying to play the same; expand and immediately attack and they'd lose. So it was for me, as well. These kind of hard-wired rules of the mind have to be rewired and this takes time, conscious effort and conversation. Sometimes I feel like, because I played WC3 for 9 years and was Top 3 world at it, it was very difficult for me to change my way of thinking. I've already made the final steps of this mental switch, however, and I consider myself a full SC2 player now." What you you think about current state of the game? Anything you'd change if you could? What about Protoss? What do you think about state of Protoss? "Hard question. I hope to see more developments which encourage micromanagement instead of discourage it. To me, Vortex, Forcefields, Fungal Growth and Broodlord's Broodlings are examples of abilities that deny micromanagement and make fights less interesting. However, Vortex will be removed in Heart of the Swarm (alongside the Mamaship), and at least Forcefields can be broken through by massive units and don't actually deal damage themselves. There is nothing that Protoss or Terran has that directly counters either Broodlings or Fungal Growth. Keep in mind that I do not speak about win rate %'s or relative strength or general balance. In WC3, strong spells like Fungal or summoned creatures like Broodlings would be "dispelled" by disenchant/dispell/abolish magic/devour magic. In SC2, once you get fungaled once, you get fungaled twice, and thrice, and 4x, and then your army just evaporates. No matter how many times you press Blink or try to fly your Phoenix away, that's it I have high hopes for Heart of the Swarm in terms of balancing and unit variety (particularly for Protoss because our Air tech becomes obsolete very soon after you start it) because Blizzard rarely disappoints, but I am worried about the Swarm Host, which is basically just a Broodlord under the ground, another micro-denying unit. Changelings + Infested Terrans + Broodlings + Swarmhost Broodlings + Fungal = one big unstoppable wall. (p.s.: having Fungal Growth be like Broodwar Queen's "Ensnare" ability, or having it do much less damage, seem appropriate measures to me to deal with this problem a bit. Once again: if that happens, of course other Z things must be buffed or P nerfed and T adjusted accordingly, as is understood of course)." Without me actually looking up your results or anything - What do you see as your biggest personal success in StarCraft 2? It doesn't have to be high ranking in a tournament. Simply something, which made you feel proud about yourself. "I think the 4th place in ESWC 2011 meant the most, because I performed above people's expectations, and finished above MC. They still haven't paid out the prize money to me yet, though O_O." Where there's a positive side, there also is this nastier, negative one creeping in. What do you see as your biggest failure, let down and generally negative thing in your StarCraft 2 career? Anything you'd do, to make it differently and better? "As you may know, my record against Stephano is not the best. In Multiplay i44 / IPL Qualifier, I was 1-1 against stephano and had 2 bases against his 1, with nearly double his workers. Two lings inside my base became banelings and blew up more than half my Probes. It was the closest I've yet come to beating Stephano and I think, if I had, I'd have less mental problems about facing him. I should've won that game, really disappointed myself there. Actually, I felt even worse when I lost the WCG 2011 Qualifiers to a relatively unknown Belgian protoss "Spoon". It's the first time I had not qualified to WCG since 8 consecutive attendances, and I felt like wanting to sink through the ground and forget about everything." Tell me Grubby, why do you remain a lone wolf? I am sure you had plenty offers when it comes to the team. Also, many players would love to team up with you, so, what is it, that you remain on your own? "Being independent gives me a chance to work more closely with sponsors, tackle new challenges constantly, and explore all the possibilities that eSports has to offer. I'm happy just the way it's going!" StarCraft 2 and it's Mekka - Korea. You've already been there, even though for just a brief stint. Do you wish to return there? Any plans regarding Korea for this year? "Hehe, I've been to Korea more than once, probably about 20 times, and it wasn't always brief. I love spending time in Korea. The people are generally quiet and humble, and tolerant and helpful towards me as a foreigner. I try to speak their language and I eat their food, and this gets appreciated. Koreans are a hard working people, maybe sometimes too hard. This is inspiring and motivating to behold. Practice in Korea has always helped me, and the work ethics of Koreans has always impressed me. I would love to return to Korea again some time soon." Arguably, most players believe, that Korea is the place to be, if you wish to compete at the top level. Do you personally believe that to be the truth or do you believe that you can become a top player no matter where you practice? "Both statements are correct. Korea is the place to be for top level competition and training, but it's also possible to become a top player somewhere else. It's always about the questions: how do you practice? where? with whom? Each player has to answer this for him or herself personally and find the fruits of his or own labor paying off." Talent vs Hard work, a topic discussed many, many times. What do you think makes a good StarCraft 2 player? Do you believe there is a thing called 'talent' or do you believe that if someone tries hard enough, they can still become one of the best? What would you recommend to someone, who wishes to devote their time to the passion of StarCraft 2? "Not everyone can be the best, talent plays a role. After that, it's all hard work. Without it, you won't become the best either. I think this is obvious. Of course, 'talent' as a phenomenom doesn't actually exist. Talent is just an all-encompassing word to describe the correct parameters of a person's character, intelligence, perseverance, motivation, choices, potential, etc. Not some inherent one-off gene or specific ability to play computer games. 'Talented' gamers would have been 'talented' at something else were they to have lived 100 years ago, before the first PC's. Not like the evolutionary process knew that the world would 'need' progamers in 2012 To anyone wishing to go pro, I can only speak from personal experience. The fun factor has to remain #1. Is it fun for you to improve any way you can? Then the time invested is never 'wasted', because you had fun, even if you don't make it. If you do, it was fun along the way and not just at the end." What keeps you going? Surely there are times when you just wanted to call it quits; so, what ticks you to just keep trying and go harder? "I wanted to call it quits about two times. The first time was when I lost a Night Elf mirror 0-2 in the WCG Winner Bracket Qualis in 2003. My brother Arthur kept me going and suggested I change race from Elf to Human because he had seen that I was quite good with Human when playing around with them for fun. I did, and 2-0'd everyone else in the LB including the guy who sent me to Loserbracket initially, winning the rest of the Qualifier without dropping a map. The second time was when I was having a particularly hard time at the end of 2007. 4Kings my team was not paying me for the last 10 months of my contract with them, and this was making me extremely stressed. I was going without some major victories and people though I would never win a tournament again. This spell was of course broken when I disproved the nonbelievers, winning WCG 2008 against the best competition in the world, but not before going through blood, sweat and tears. Along the way, my then-girlfriend now-wife Cassandra stood by me and helped me grow up both as a person and a player, and we persevered. All throughout, there have been fans who never abandoned me, win or lose. Their continued belief in me and desire for me to do well and be happy has done a lot for me." A must question - What are your short term goals? "Short-term goals are to do increasingly well in tournaments, to invest more into my training and to do many entertaining things for eSports and Grubby fans (streaming, commentating, playing, microing, and organizing a new tournament series). Personally? To be a good person to people I love." Grubby, we've been at this for quite some time now, huh.. alright, soon, I promise this will be over (laughs). Where do you see yourself as a player and person in a course of one year from now? "I don't answer that question anymore because I'm always wrong. eSports is an exciting adventure of opportunities - I'll go with it!" Any other games you enjoy playing in your leisure time? Any things you enjoy doing besides gaming and StarCraft 2? "Since I started on WC3, I haven't played any other games besides WC3 & SC2 except for Guild Wars 1 (for 2 weeks on & off) and Oblivion (1 week on & off). Diablo 3 could be the next one. As you can see, I love RTS' and a select few RPG's. Besides gaming, I enjoy reading fantasy & science fiction books, going on holidays with my wife Cassandra, and doing active stuff together like Scuba Diving or Snowboarding." Last one! Anything you'd like to say to your fans? To the fans here in Czech? Just, anything, really, go go, spit it out! "I've been to Czech Republic for skiing more than 10 years ago, and it was a great holiday. I want to come back some time for wintersports, maybe we will! Thanks everyone for reading this interview If you liked it, let BabyToss know and me as well on @followgrubby at twitter or facebook Thanks!" -- Original, Czech article can be found over at PLAYzone - here Like me on Facebook - here Follow me on Twitter - @vVv_BabyToss
  14. 9 points
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling. It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me. History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal. As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group. According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful. Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage. Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows. For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments. For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay. And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed. In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear. [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette] Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness. I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
  15. 9 points
    vVv Doomhammer

    Gamer Tips: Improving Your Game

    Performance Enhancement: General Tips to Improve Your Game By Sean "vVv Blazek" Emes Over the last few days, I have been looking back on all of the articles we have written on the geek to me blog, trying to find out what else I can talk about to help gamers get into competitive gaming scene or simply to improve themselves. We have written articles about competitive settings multiple times, the importance of strategy, developing your own competitive maps, training, gaming communities, and so much more. All of these topics are ideas about competitive gaming, but none of them really teach you ways to improve your game... So today, let's catch up on ways to improve your game, regardless of what you play! Don't drink it! Play with a Level Head While this may seem like a no brainer, it's surprising how easily gamers can lose their cool in a competitive setting. A direct parallel can be made to all major sports; players must keep themselves focused in the game and never lose that calm, even in dire situations. Calm and focus go hand in hand, and when you rage or start your trash talking you will begin to lose both. Becoming enraged will drop your focus and causes a self inflicted wound to your ability to perform. Thus, it should be a part of a players training to keep themselves, and their team, calm and focused. Using your Senses It has been proven that the more senses you use to learn something, the better you will retain that information. Sight, Touch, and Hearing are the key three that can, and should, be used when gaming; for training and in competition. Having the best hardware will only further your ability as it will give you an advantage your opponent may not have. It is good practice to listen closely for the direction of footsteps, remembering how much pressure is required to activate a key, and noticing changes in the environment on your screen. You should get to a point where you are no longer guessing an enemies position, but knowing and reacting without contemplating the situation. Write that Down! An important part of learning, building strategy, and training comes from writing down anything and everything. While it is quicker to type out information, I find it more effective to stick with pen and paper when it comes to writing things down. The purpose here comes from the last topic about using your senses; when you write things down not only do you have a reference, but you had to process the information though both your brain and muscles, thus you retain information better. Writing things down will also help effectively plan out your strategy, and a training schedule. A Never-ending uphill battle... Fighting an Uphill Battle In every sport or competitive game, when you play against someone that is superior to you, you are challenging yourself. While it is frustrating to constantly lose and feel inferior to someone else, it is actually one of the best ways to rapidly improve your game... as long as you know why you lost. To do this, be friendly with better players. You may be surprised how easy it is to get others to tell you, from their perspective, why they beat you and what you did wrong. Knowing these issues in your game only serve to help yourself out and become a better player in the long run. Take a Break It should be known that it is possible to practice too much. Just like with exercise, you will hit a wall where you can continue as long as you want, but you will no longer see improvement for the extra work. Spending too much time in game also causes you to "burn out" on the game or even throw away your social life. You should always remember that after a few hours, get up, stretch, go outside, do something around the house, take care of your hygiene, ANYTHING! Just get off your game and spend some time doing other things.
  16. 9 points
    vVv RobZ

    Want vVv to Support a New Game?

    Are you passionate about a game that vVv Gaming doesn't support? Prove to us that the title is worth supporting! vVv Gaming consistently supports new titles to grow eSports and develop a competitive community, and with eSports growing more rapidly than ever we want to give passionate gamers even more opportunity to gain support for their favorite game! Support from a competitive organization like vVv Gaming can be a valuable stamp of approval for growing leagues and other competitive players. For any title to be successful or competitive, it needs a passionate, thriving community behind it. vVv is the perfect place to grow that community, by sharing the fun with other passionate gamers. vVv has spent years supporting communities and helping them grow and flourish. These are just some of the many things that we can offer a vying title and community: Guidance and years of experience on how to build and grow a community for a new or up-and-coming game. An engaged, dedicated and enthusiastic group of gamers who are eager to try new titles and provide feedback. Strong reputation and relationships with the greater eSports community including personalities, leagues, news sites and mainstream media. Opportunities for Sponsorship, In-House tournaments and Content Production. If you want to see vVv Gaming throw our support behind a new title, submit a topic in this forum titled, "Why vVv Gaming Should Support (Your Game Here)," and answer the questions below in the body of the thread. What is your competitive gaming background? What is the expected release date for this title? Link any relevant articles, videos or reviews. What makes this title special or different from its competitor? Why should we support it? What game does this new game remind you of? Does this game have developer support with necessary features such as LAN or spectator mode? Have any major events or online tournaments taken notice of this game? Is there a community hub for this game yet? If yes, please link and describe the site and community (website traffic, demographic, attitude of players and community) For titles that are already out, submit a new topic in this forum section titled, "Why vVv Gaming Should Support (Your Game Here)," and answer the questions below in the body of the thread. What is your competitive gaming background? How long have you been playing or competing in this game? What is the community site for this game? What are the average stream viewers on TwitchTV? Does this game have developer support with necessary features such as LAN or spectator mode? Describe the community for this game in three words. Does this game have any support from major, local or online tournaments? What other teams or organizations support this title? Benchmarks When you can get 10 members to endorse your title and post in your thread, we will create a forum for your game and announce this on social media. Once the forum has been created, we expect you and to post news and discussions, updates, patches and announcements about the game. When we see a consistent effort and activity, and roughly 25 people have shown consistent excitement for the game, we will open community applications for this title. At that point, we will also seek someone to become a division manager for the title, and lead the division, including running community events, finding people who can produce educational or entertaining content, and working to grow a community on the vVv site. If you’re new to vVv, you can learn more about our history, our culture, and what we've done to support games in the past by checking out the links below. vVv Members List The Story of vVv Gaming vVv’s Hall of Fame (LAN events only) The five pillars of vVv (what defines our community) Explore our PHOTO Gallery. See 10,000+ pictures of vVv in action!
  17. 8 points
    Becoming a Pro Gamer: What to do when you suck by Steven "DarkChaos" Beach When I first read this article from the folks at vVv Gaming, I had to laugh. Let's face it, we've all been there. We've all had days when nothing is going right for us and we just can't seem to get it together. We screw up. We do really poorly. I'll just come out and say it, there are days when we just suck. So what do you do on those days when your gaming skills just aren't up to par, you're just not as good as you thought you were and you're driving your fellow players to apoplexy? You do what Steven "DarkChaos" Beach suggests, and 'embrace the suck': There comes a time in every gamer's life when you're going to have to do a little something that I like to call (ok, ok, ok. . . I got this from Jerry "LordJerith" Prochazka), "Embrace the Suck". It's sad to say, but we can't be absolutely amazing at everything. If we were, this world would get really boring pretty damn quick. At some point in your life, you will have to admit you suck at something. Some things are easier to admit than others. If it's something that you're passionate about, but don't have what it takes to make it something of quality, it's hard; sometimes not all of the pieces are there. So what do I mean by "Embrace the Suck?" Well, simply put, it means admitting you're bad at something. Until you can admit you're bad, you can't improve. If you think you're already skilled, you can't start to learn how to get better. Read more after the jump! I hate the first week to the first month of a new job. Why? Because I'm new, I don't know anything, and I suck at it! However, if at this point you embrace the idea that you are new and that you do in fact suck, it grants you the ability to learn and become more efficient and eventually not suck in whatever you're doing. Well, at least not suck as much. Let's face it; you might just be really lousy at your chosen activity. Steven "DarkChaos" Beach Now, how does this relate to you, Mr./Ms./Mrs. Gamer? Are you serious? How does it not? Hmm, how do I put this? Ok, here's how: I will start with me. When it comes to the campaign of a video game, whether it's an RPG, FPS, etc., I am a fleshy human Gamer God, complete with gold plated teeth, and diamond rimmed glasses, twirling a platinum Xbox 360 controller in my hand; I am just that good. Naturally, you would think that some skills would transfer over to the competitive, player versus player portion of a game. And it does...sort of. Some skills do apply, but don't make up for the missing those skills that are crucial when pitted against an actual human player. I can be good at times or at least decent in competitive play, but in the end I had to "Embrace the Suck". When the internet was created, it opened up the floodgates for cyber gamers scattered across the globe. With such a vast pool of players there are a vast amount of skill levels. Chances are, you're going to play really good players quite often. Some will be naturally talented at the game; others will practice and become skilled players. I, as a competitive player in the grand scope of the internet, suck. Very few people are actually good. Many of the self-proclaimed "Pro Gamers" out there actually suck. The difference between me and them is that I'm not living a lie. Most people, and if you haven't experienced this then you're not really a competitive gamer, will cover up the fact that they suck through copious amount of trash talking, though it can be a skill carefully honed and designed to get underneath a person's skin. This will mostly happen in two ways. If you don't know you suck, and you're trash talking, and you continue to suck, well that's just sad. Really, who are you fooling? Now, if you're like me, this is how it works. Let's say I trash talk a lot before and during the game, and by the end of the match I played a horrible game. Invariably, one of the players will shriek, Outraged Gamer: "You suck! You ain't nothing. You talk so much crap.--" You get the point; you've probably heard this before. To which I would aptly reply, "Why yes, I do suck. So what?" Isn't sarcasm great? It's fun to toy with people. Period. It's a sick game to play within a game. Why does it matter if you suck or not? If you play a bad game, you play a bad game. Or if you're no good at a game, you're just not good. Just embrace the idea that you suck, take life a little less serious, and have fun at it. A lot of Pro Gamer frustrations come from players not being able to cope with the possible idea that they do in fact suck at this certain game and should probably give up trying to play it and move on to something else. Of course, as an intelligent reader, you will have rebuttal for multiple points that I have brought up in this piece of writing. And that's ok! This is nothing fool proof, this isn't an end all be all on whether you suck at video games, that article would just be too damn long. It is simply one way of looking at this area of gaming. Also, it should be noted that this isn't the same for everybody. Just like with most arguments it's a combination of many things. There are just too many wannabe "Pro" Gamers out there that haven't come to terms with the concept that they suck and should just move on. What it boils down to is this: If you "Embrace the Suck" then you will spend a lot less time worrying about whether you suck or not, because hey, you already do, you can only get better right? It will allow those mean spirited comments that some ignorant/moronic idiots throw around to have no effect on you, which they really shouldn't anyways. More importantly though, just have fun with the game. If you're not having fun then what's the point? If you don't want to suck, then put the time into the game to get better, open your eyes more, study what other players do. Personally, that's not my gig. I don't care to spend my time improving my strafing, my gunplay and my teamwork. It's just not that important to me. So, I embrace the suck. I will lose some, I will win some. One way or another I will die trying, but I will do so happily, because it's ok to suck. So why not embrace it? *************************************************** And that, dear friends, is MY philosophy when it comes to gaming! I suck and I know it! LOL. Thanks again to the folks at vVv Gaming for yet another great article from their supremely talented and generous stable of pro gamers. If you enjoyed reading this as much as I did, be sure to share it with others. You can use Twitter, Digg, Facebook or any social networking tool you prefer (the buttons are right there on the bottom of the post). And also be sure to comment and let us know what you think!
  18. 8 points
    The gamertag that all members and applicants can add is now up and running!! If you are an applicant on this list but your application gets denied, you will be removed from the list. If any vVv members are on the list and they are removed from vVv Gaming, they will also be removed from the list. This friends list will only have the current members and applicants on it's friends list. The friends list will be visible for everyone. This way, you can send messages and invites to people who are in vVv without them being on your friends list. Also, regular messages will be sent out notifying everyone about Community Game Nights, formal and informal meetings, streams, etc. The Gamertag is: vVv CoD This gamertag is run by vVv Medusa. Only add if you are a vVv Member or Applicant!! vVv Members who are not in the Call of Duty division may still add this gamertag.
  19. 8 points
    vVv RobZ

    vVv.CoD: The Road to MLG Dallas

    vVv.CoD: The Road to MLG Dallas With Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 announced for the MLG Winter Championships and community excitement for the launch of the new title exploding, vVv decided it was time to re-enter the Call of Duty scene. Based on our successes with previous console titles such as Gears of War and Mortal Kombat, our standards were high when it came time to look for a team. Adversity stood out as an exceptional choice. Although not a former pro-team, they were rapidly rising stars on the scene and more importantly, their goals aligned with what is most important to vVv: developing into true eSports professionals and providing an awesome experience for the community. Adversity's first major Black Ops 2 LAN was at UMG Chicago where they took Top 12, upsetting the fan-favorites of EnVyUs and setting the stage for the team's 2013 season. The team then solidified their roster, acquiring Replays and Realize, and began their search for an organization and partner. Adversity then discovered vVv Gaming, and thus vVv.CoD was born. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MySuDD2iZ-w With their eyes on a goal, the team began focused preparation for MLG Dallas, avoiding League Play and concentrating solely on practicing with other pro-teams. With no pressure to grind the ladder, the team competed in several of Major League Gaming's "Pro Scrims," taking out teams such as Thrust, nV, Quantic Gaming, Donut Shop and SoaR with convincing wins. As the qualifiers approached, vVv.CoD stood undefeated on the MLG Stream. Now, the team would need to place Top 12 to secure a seed in the Championship Bracket at Dallas. In the bracket, vVv.CoD took early wins against Aftermath, TEC 1Effort, Team No Sleep and aBnormaL, securing their Top 12 seed without breaking a sweat. Eager to continue their momentum, the team doubled down to improve their seed. In what was their first loss on the MLG Stream, vVv.CoD fell to Team FeaR in triple overtime on CTF Raid. Using the loss as motivation, they stormed through the losers bracket eliminating HeXp Gaming, Donut Shop and Dare, finally losing to Fariko in the Losers Bracket Semi-Finals. The team's dedication and persistence secured them a top 4 seed at MLG Dallas. We had a chance to sit down with one of the more outspoken member's of vVv.CoD, vVv Realize, to get his thoughts on the road to MLG Dallas and the competition itself. Be sure to tune into the MLG Winter Championships all weekend long where the best North American Call of Duty teams will be competing. With a total prize pool of $50,000, the top eight teams will also earn a paid trip to Hollywood to compete for $1,000,000 in the Call of Duty Championships! In addition to the team, vVv will have dozens of community members in attendance to celebrate MLG and eSports. Be sure to come say hello to everyone from vVv if you plan on attending the event. If you're watching from home, keep an eye on the stream. If you take a screenshot of the awesome signs that our community will be holding during the event, tweet them @vVv_Gaming for a chance to win some gear! We will also be covering the event from our MLG Dallas Coverage Thread, so stay tuned for updates on how all of your favorite teams and players are doing. Lets go vVv!
  20. 8 points
    I want to start by stating that vVv Gaming has necessarily remained silent on this issue for a number of reasons. From the response on Team Liquid, it's clear that most people either didn't care or had already made up their minds to believe the negativity in Salvor's post and coming from the Aspire teams. Coming forward with an official response would have been unhelpful since the people who didn't care didn't care, and the people who had already made up their minds would just call any statement by vVv Gaming a lie and a cover up. As a result, we decided that the best course of action was simply to let the threads run their course and die out on there own, which eventually happened after a couple days when they fell off the front page. It's important to note that after the initial round of negativity, Titan, MurDeR, Hasuu, and RockEr all came forward with a positive and supportive message regarding their time on vVv Gaming's SC2 team. We had not asked them to do so, since our stance was that the sooner these threads fall off the front page, the sooner everyone can move forward with being productive and doing great things to progress eSports. I assume that either Glon or Salvor had decided to contact all of our former players to get statements, and it's important to note that of all the players we officially picked up, only Glon had negative things to say about vVv. There were a few players we were working with toward reaching a level we would feel comfortable sponsoring them, such as Toxsik and Reset, but these were never players we had officially decided to pick up and sponsor. After taking some time to reflect on everyone's responses, I decided to reach out to a few players who supported us and thank them (Astraea, Titan, MurDeR, RockEr, and Hasuu). I also reached out to several players who had complained about their experience in vVv Gaming. I notified Spectral that we had updated our chop-chop process. We now cross-referencing the chop list against our donation transaction history to avoid chopping players who have been adding value by donating, but may have been less active on the forums. I apologized to Toxsik for not following up with Jerry on sending him a headset, as this was my fault as a manager and not a result of any deceit or lie by vVv Gaming. I also apologized to Reset that we hadn't been able to work together to get him to reach a level where we would feel comfortable sponsoring him. I also began looking at Glon's responses and thinking about why he might feel the way he does. After several nights of reflection, I feel that he is justified in feeling that he was lied to or mislead, but it was not intentional on the part of vVv Gaming to do so. Let's begin by recounting his story. At the stat of 2012, or maybe at the end of 2011, we had been talking with Glon about being a sponsored player and at some point around this time he made it clear that he was looking for a salary. As a result we began looking into ways that would be possible. We decided that internally it would not be possible to provide that level of support for Glon, and that without a significant tournament result it probably wouldn't be possible that another team would either. So we made it a goal to develop him to the level where he could be picked up by a team like EG which would be able to provide him with a salary like he wanted. This was communicated to Glon as well. All was going well, until we were discussing sponsorship details with Glon at Anaheim (Summer 2012). During these discussions it was brought up that he'd been communicating with other teams about potential sponsorship offers, and that he was planning on accepting one of these offers and leaving vVv Gaming. This came as a surprise to us as he had not come to staff stating that he wanted to pursue other sponsorships and so we had not had a chance to negotiate with him regarding whether we'd be able to provide sufficient support to keep him as a member. At Anaheim it was also brought up that we were intending to drop all sponsorships for SC2 and keeping Glon as our sole sponsored player. It was communicated that we were starting the Aspire program and that as part of this arrangement we'd like him to work with the Aspire team to help develop them into professional level players. In return, vVv Gaming would sponsor him to major LAN events covering travel, entry fee, and lodging. I believe an attempt was made to draw up a contract at the event, but Glon refused to sign stating that he was holding out for salary before signing any contracts. After Anaheim we met with the team announcing that due to performance, we would be dropping all sponsorships except for Glon and RuFF. Justifiably, several players reacted negatively to this and Glon, caught up in the negative emotion switched stances and stated that he was interested in leaving again, unless we would provide him salary. After talking with Jerry and myself for a while, it was decided that he would pursue offers from other teams, and if he could receive a better offer than we were presenting, he was welcome to take it. After talking with a few teams, he informed us that he would drop the salary requirement and work with us toward getting him to the point where a personal sponsorship was possible. After all this was settled, Glon agreed to stay on vVv Gaming under the terms that he would work closely with Aspire and that we would sponsor him for MLG Dallas and IPL5 and work with him toward getting a personal sponsorship. During the intervening months, Glon's interest in Aspire faded. On October 20th, 2012, I followed up with BabyToss, the Aspire team Captain about Glon's activity, and she stated that he had not been very active recently with the Aspire team. At the same time, my passion for SC2 and managing the team also faded. As a result I was not managing Glon as closely as I should've been. This is my personal failing and I feel that I am the weak link in vVv that caused things to fall apart with Glon shortly thereafter. If any negativity is deserved, it should be directed toward me for not properly reviewing Glon's activity and providing him feedback on his performance in time to ensure that we were willing to provide a full sponsorship for Dallas. Alternatively, I could have stepped down as manager, which would've resulted in having to dissolve our SC2 division and Aspire team, while we helped Glon find a new team. I think either case would've been acceptable, but after investing nearly 2 years of my time toward our SC2 division I was too attached to it to make the right decision. It was selfish of me to attempt to stay on and keep the division alive, and I apologize to anyone who was negatively affected by that decision. During this period, MLG Raleigh happened. As part of my obligations to help Glon find a personal sponsorship, I went around and talked to every single sponsor at the event, getting contact information for as many as possible. Most of them talked about wanting numbers to justify a sponsorship. As a result, I decided that the next step was to work with Glon toward increasing his following via twitter and streaming. If we could show strong weekly growth numbers over a sustained period it would probably be enough to land him a personal sponsorship. I spent a couple nights watching his stream and giving him feedback that would improve his ability to attract followers. I talked about sharing his personality on social media to interact with his audience. I recommended he take a moment between games to check his stream chat and answer questions rather than just queueing up again immediately. All of these things were improvements that I think would help his stream in the long run. I also recommended that he seek out shows that he could go on to get more external exposure. Then the biggest mistake I made happened. The lack of an MLG Arena before the Winter Championship threw me off and I ended up not realizing the event was coming up until two weeks before it was scheduled to take place. This means we had a minor emergency where we had to scramble to find a decent plane ticket. Fortunately Doomhammer was able to find a good ticket for a good price and we were able to fully sponsor Glon for MLG Dallas. Since I made a huge mistake here by not booking his flight earlier, I even made an extra donation of $235 to offset the cost to vVv Gaming out of my own pocket since I didn't feel vVv should pay for my mistake. After this event, Glon decided to leave vVv Gaming after talks with our executives Robz and Doomhammer at Dallas. We parted ways amicably and he approved our goodbye post informing our community that he was moving on. At this point it was clear I needed to find a replacement for myself as I had lost my passion for Starcraft 2 and was not the right person to lead the SC2 division. Around this time, someone with the screen name SalvorMallow came around the forums. One day I mentioned that I was looking for someone to replace me as SC2 manager and he mentioned that he would be willing to fulfill the role. After working with him for several months, we eventually managed to transition the entirety of the SC2 division over to him by January 2013. Before that he had expressed an interest in managing the SC2 team, including RuFF and Hasuu at the time. During that time he also worked with several applicants interested in being a sponsored player for vVv Gaming. One of those players was John "Nubrgini" Kim. Please note that from this point forward I am only able to recount the story as told to me by Robz and Doomhammer, as I was not involved in working with the sponsored team or any decisions regarding picking up players other than in an advisory or witness capacity. However, with the story so far demonstrating that the worst failing of vVv Gaming was my own mistakes as manager, I would like to think there is no reason for anyone to doubt Robz's or Doom's words. When we first began talks with John we had discussed his work situation. He let us know that he did have a stable job, but that he had to commute 3 hours each way every day. While we had concerns that this would affect his ability to schedule time to practice and add value within our SC2 community, he assured us that he'd be able to fulfill the requirements, which I should add that he did spectacularly. A few weeks later it was decided to bring him on as a sponsored player with the understanding that he'd be expected to cover travel for his first couple events, which is standard practice for vVv's sponsored players. Shortly after officially bringing on Nubrgini, he encountered some personal issues and ended up losing his job. This is unfortunate because he would now be unable to cover travel for attending Dallas and also because I believe the emotional stress caused by these events affected his understanding of communications with our staff. As a result, I think some of the communications with him were vague, for example asking him to price out a flight for Dallas without specifying that it was just to determine if we could justify sponsoring his flight. As it turns out, we couldn't, so we offered him entry fee, hotel,and gear. Unfortunately, since John had previously lost his job he was unable to play for a flight, and so our offer of hotel and entry fee held no value for him. Additionally, during this time Robz was in the process of moving to LA and this was also during the Christmas holidays, so things were moving slowly through management, including some requests for gear for John. As a result of being unable to properly support John, and not wanting to lead him on in terms of providing "free services" for our community, we decided it would be best to drop him as a sponsored player. We offered to move him down to the Aspire team until things settled down in his life and he could get back to a place where we felt comfortable sponsoring him again, but he did not accept this offer. At this point I believe the negative things that had been happening to John and losing his job caused him to have a strongly emotional response to these events. Instead of coming to us to see if he could get some kind of recompense for all the time he had spent with our community being a stellar role model, he decided to make a very public post describing his negative experience with vVv Gaming. It's unfortunate that Salvor did not have John's best interests in mind or I'm sure he would have cautioned him against making a public outburst and instead trying to work with vVv management to provide some kind of care package that was amenable for both parties first. Additionally, I feel the public outbursts from both Glon and John have hurt their reputations for any team looking to possibly pick them up, as it displays a definite lack of professionalism. What I hope everyone gets out of all this is that vVv is not at fault for deliberately misleading or deceiving players. The true cause of negativity from vVv's former players should be directed directly to me, SugarBear, for failing to live up to my responsibilities as manager of our SC2 team. If I intended to continue managing a team, I would certainly take these events as lessons moving forward. No one was deliberately misleading players, but due to some unfortunate events and my own mismanagement, some players had a negative experience. In the case of Nubrgini, I was not involved, but I don't think anyone is really to blame for those events except for some bad decisions provoked by unfortunate life experiences and some miscommunicated expectations. I fully accept responsibility for my inability to properly manage players, and have no desire to manage any professional gaming teams in the near future. I hope this clears up all of the allegations and accusations.
  21. 8 points
    Watching this saddens me. A decision has been made. One that I whole-heartedly support. Any organization has to set priorities. Doom and Rob made an unpopular decision. Good. I applaud their courage in looking long-term and being smart enough to focus on what they feel most passionate about. My view on this: -vVv should have dropped sc2 sooner -focus on your passions. Rob and Doom are clearly passionate about LoL, shootmania and CoD -the negativity and response from the sc2 community is no suprise - the outright lies from some people who were in vVv, although sad to see, is not worth a response So, the sc2 community now hates vVv. This is expected. Some people don't like how they handled it. This is also expected. This is the kind of call that always upsets people. Aspire left, they close.d the division. If it's important to stress that Aspire left, ok, consider it so stressed, lol. The good news is vVv will benefit from Rob and Doom making tough calls, focusing the organization and supporting team titles like LoL, Shootmania and CoD. MICHS and FIFA also. I know they have great plans for 2013. This all will pass. The world moves on. Be kind to one another. Think before you post. Onward!
  22. 8 points
    vVv Gaming Launches the Experience Initiative Skills for eSports, Skills for Life Following the explosive growth of games like League of Legends and StarCraft 2, the future of eSports is more promising than ever! With higher audience numbers than at any previous time in the history of gaming, companies, sponsors and developers are starting to look at video game competition as a viable business model, which means new opportunities for players looking to compete at the next level. With the growth of opportunities in eSports for players to pursue a full-time career, vVv Gaming has launched the Experience Initiative: a sponsorship structure designed to support players and teams as they work towards competition on the professional level. With a view towards the bigger picture, the initiative will include a focus on teaching the players about marketability, helping them develop an audience and a fan base, utilizing social media and streaming to interact with their community and become the kind of players that will make professional leagues and organizations eager to contract them. With a staff dedicated to success in competitive gaming, vVv is thrilled to begin this next phase of support for the eSports community. As vVv President Jordan "Doomhammer" Kahn put it, "This is the first step in the next chapter for vVv Gaming. With all of the awesome changes coming to eSports over the next year or two, vVv is in a perfect position to positively effect what happens next. I'm extremely excited for everything we have planned, and I'm proud to be a part of that future." So if you or your team is ready to work on the next phase and work towards competing on a professional level, check out vVv's Experience Initiative! Skills for eSports, Skills for Life.
  23. 7 points
    vVv Pherzghul

    Who will be next?

    I would like to make a series of photoshops using community member pics and League champion wallpapers. I have made a few recently and would like YOU to tell ME who to shoop next and with which champion. Nominate a member and a champion, I take care of the rest. To do list: Spike Trundle Volibear SugarBear Zotico Jax Ezreal Razor Corki Corgi RobZGod JayC Gragas vVv Chrono as Thresh Tr4nce Jayce/J4 Stixx as the boar of Sejuani Jig on MF Just in case you haven't seen the shoops: vVv Paradise as....Darius vVv Starman as....Draaaaaaaven vVv Tak as....Teemo vVv Doomhammer as....Katarina vVv Spike as....Trundle vVv SugarBear as....Volibear vVv Zotico as....Jax BONUS!!! Sexy Creepy as fuck Taric Skin Starman vVv Razor as....Ezreal vVv RobZGod Corki Corgi Special Birthday Edition vVv JayC as Gragas irl Jerry of the 5th Age vVv Chrono Thresh.... The source image for his face was pretty lolsy, I think it could use a caption... vVv Tahvvy Lux.... vVv Pherzghul as Jarvan IV.... vVv Skippy as Taric because he's fabulous. Martic as Lulu, because he told me to make him look beautiful. 2x2 as her favorite champ, Draaaaaaaven
  24. 7 points
    vVv Doomhammer

    vVv May Donation drive!

    This is the list of people who have donated during this donation drive: vVv Zodyak $500 Voidedalive2x $601 vVv Blazek $200 Preen $185 vVv Plattypus: $175 vVv Griddlez: $150 vVv Sontran $155 vVv Paradise $120 vVv Sugarbear $117 vVv Spectral $116 SleepyTigerz $115 vVv Babytoss: $115 vVv Havik $115 Perilous $115 vVv Talon $115 vVv Nynjatic $115 vVv Medusa $115 vVv Ambush $115 vVv Emo $100 vVv DarkDante $100 vVv Dissension $100 vVv Jensen $100 vVv Astro $100 PrimalFury $50 vVv Rage $30 DirtySecret $30 vVv Empire $25 vVv Radiation $25 vVv ShowNoHope $15 Kirixiz $15 vVv Brock $13.37 Cr4zyBeast $10 -Melody $10 vVv Kalaxy $10 vVv Wakai $10 Walram $9 Joseph Defyiant: $7 Foxymoxy $5 cwalk $5 Relentless M $5 Morphologically $5 Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We are excited to be at MLG Anaheim!
  25. 7 points
    vVv LordJerith

    Post-Anaheim: A reflection

    This weekend, watching both Anaheim and EVO, I felt a childlike exuberance I have not felt in a long time. I was reminded about two things sports does so well: inspire and entertain. I have done some reflecting on my experiences this weekend, and it has prompted me to make some changes to vVv Gaming. Before I get to the changes, I want to take you on a journey with me, in case you missed some of the highlights. First, I want to point to an interview with Korean Starcraft legend and founder of the Korean Team Slayers, Boxer. He said this about what he hoped to accomplish: I was deeply impressed with Boxer. What an endorsement of his team and organization! Such a simple sentence, but it really was pure elegance. Even DJWheat and Day[9] commented on it. I know Boxer was a legendary player, but he instantly became a role model to me (I know he is already for many). I then saw a Korean Starcraft player thanking MLG at the start of the match using in-game chat. I thought, when was the last time I saw that? They are so polished with the crowd. Respectful. It FEELS right. It feels like professional sports. Finally, I want to turn my attention to vVv Reo. He single-handedly made me a MK9 fan. To know his story, to know that he almost didn’t make the event, to know that his teammates started a collection for him because they were so confident in his performance. I was and still am humbled. More importantly, and I was not sure why at first, but I watched Doomhammer watch him. Paradise’s family was watching him play, and Starcraft players were watching on Mumble. We were all there with him, every step of the way. When he finally made into the Grand Finals, the shoutbox erupted in cheers, the mumble erupted, allies sent congrats on Twitter, and Doomhammer leapt from his seat. But why? Why did we all care for this player whom we didn’t know, and we had never met? It was because he wore the three V’s. It was because he was one of us. It was because that black shirt represents so much to so many of us. I texted Napalm, and told him I wanted to talk to Reo. Napalm called me, but before he handed over the phone, I asked Napalm, “How are you doing?” He replied, “I am still shaking.” Needless to say, I had the honor and pleasure of congratulating vVv Reo and letting him know that he won’t need anyone to take up any more collections for him. He was now a sponsored vVv player. I realize this post is long enough, so I will now cut this short. I can promise some fundamental changes coming to vVv Gaming. Expect another post detailing changes alter this week. Expect us to have jerseys, more sponsors, new partnerships and more player development, as well as higher standards regarding whom we sponsor. Most of all, look for us to look for more players and teams like vVv Reo, the kind that capture our spirit and remind us that anything is possible.