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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 s

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

Good Luck to the 16 teams competing in Riot’s offline qualifiers this weekend

With so much on the line and this being the first event for many of the players teams, I wanted to wish you all the best of luck and share some tips that I believe will help the players and fans get the best experience, and so that all teams have an equal chance to win, regardless of their individual LAN experience. These are tips that I've picked up from a few years of experience of competing professionally, managing teams and players, observing the best and worst practices from many teams

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

Maximizing Value to Sponsors in eSports - Interviews

With the League of Legends Season 2 Champions crowned last weekend *TPA TPA TPA*, it’s now time to look forward on how the teams and players can improve for Season 3. Practice regiments, professionalism, drama and cheating accusations aside, in this multi-part blog series I will be focusing on how players can improve the value to their sponsors in interviews, social media, streaming and more. As the scene continues to grow exponentially, more eyes and brands will be looking at Season 3 to

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

I have an idea to make eSports more accessible, but I need your help!

Throughout the last few years, competitive gaming has grown exponentially. Just as the community is the vocal majority about areas that can always be improved upon, I’m really never satisfied. We can do more. I frequently travel by public transportation. During my commute, I have a lot of time to think about improving eSports. All around me are people who don’t even know competitive gaming exists, as I start trying to think from their perspective, there are so many questions that I would a

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

MLG SC2 Summer Arena - Content, Marketing and the Little Things

How competitive gaming events market their product from days before the event to weeks after has always been interesting to me. MLG’s marketing strategy going into the Summer Arena was very innovative and I want highlight some of the reasons why I believe it was such a lead contributing factor to the events success. My goal of this article is to bring attention to many of the little things that can help an event improve its numbers, reach, content and communication in hopes that this raises the

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

A Lesson in eSports: Representing an Organization on Social Media

Gamers have varying ideas on what the role of social media is in the eSports community. This is a guide for someone who is looking to properly represent an organization. I'm a believer in efficient social media usage by sponsored players, staff, and community members. You may think you are active on social media, but there are a few things you can improve upon to truly add value and create an even broader social media reach for your organization’s content, news, and partners. Profile

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

MLG Winter Championships Experience and Thoughts

I attended this event for various reasons. Most importantly because it was vVv Gaming’s 5 year anniversary and I haven’t attended an event since Meadowlands 2009. On short notice I signed up to be a volunteer for this event. I was unsure if I could even fulfill the obligations, but wasn’t going to turn this opportunity down. I knew it was a way to my foot in the door, network with like minded people, and experience a different perspective on the event. Leading up to tournament, I worked at

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

A Lesson in eSports: Community Growth

In my last blog I talked about Community Involvement. If you haven't watched the I suggest that you check it out before reading this... Now that you know how to get involved if you're already apart of the community, I want to talk about community growth. How do we get more people to play the game? Watch it? Support it? This blog is mainly geared towards console shooters, but can be applicable to any title with a competitive aspect. Strategy & Educational Content As usual

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vVv RobZ

 

A Lesson in eSports: Community Involvement [VIDEO]

After watching the active reload podcast, I decided to do something special this week. The Gears of War community is in the position where if they don't step up and change right now, they're going to slowly diminish. In this video I talk about Beyond Gaming, GoWNation, FYC, and Gamebattles tournaments. Also, touch on why youtube, twitch.tv promotion and participation is so important. Finally, I explain why posting on the Epic Forums and creating a community montage would stimulate growth. Playin

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

A Lesson in eSports: Efficient Call-outs and Communication

Communication is arguably the most important aspect of any team based video game. With that being said, I feel that it's also one of the most underrated and overlooked aspects. From World of Warcraft, Call of Duty and Socom to Gears of War, I've experienced many instances where this is the case. This has inspired me to write this blog because of how easy and important practicing quality communication is. I have a few strong examples from Gears of War, if you're in a 1v1 with a player and yo

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

Hypefestation 2 Experience and Thoughts

I would like to start this blog of thanking everyone who is involved with the Hypefestation staff, without you, none of this would be possible. What you guys are doing for the community is amazing and definitely appreaciated. Watching the tournament live on the train with the TwitchTV application. I left Saturday morning via train to New York City, and then hopped on the subway to Penn Station. It took me an hour to realize I needed to go to Newark Penn Station (another

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

Rant on Game Developers

This topic is very concerning to me and I feel could turn into a major problem in the console esports community if it continues. In this blog I will use serveral examples on why I believe Game Developer's are making games easier and less competitive and why. Using examples from PC, I will be touching on why "hard" games are important, how they actually increase popularity on the eSport level. When it comes to video games, I've been apart of almost every console community you can name since

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

Advanced Keybinding Guide

In this guide I will be explaining how keybinds can drastically improve the quality of your gameplay and will show you how to bind efficiently. Also, I will give different variations of binds, to create a more personalized system. Since SWTOR recently came out, I thought this would be a great time to come out with this guide. Everyone is learning their new spells and abilities, and I found binding them efficiently from the beginning is very helpful. What are keybinds? A keybind is a fu

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

A Lesson in eSports: The Spectator Experience

2011 was a record setting year in eSports. Major League Gaming surpassed Top Cable Networks such as TBS and Comedy Central, had a 225% growth on their website, and 175 countries tuning in to the National Championships. The rise in popularity of Starcraft 2 is one the reasons why these numbers were so high. The Spectator Experience and developer support that Starcraft has is very successful and I believe other communities should take notes. Starcraft is a very thrilling gam

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

A Lesson in eSports: Team Changes

I would like to start off by saying I have nothing against any of the players discussed in this article. I am simply using them as an example, so that other players don’t make the same mistake; please do not feel offended in any way. This article's purpose is to teach players why it is so important to stick with a team. Also, not searching for the best possible option because as you will see in this case, the end result will be harder to deal with than the problem that exists. So, you have

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

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