I have been involved with competitive Call of Duty for more than six years now, I have experienced the ups and downs with the releases of each game. It is not by accident in the past that around the middle of every year people are starting to get tired of the current Call of Duty title and looking toward the future one. Every Call of Duty title before Black Ops 2 has stagnated after around 4 to 5 months competitively. Since Call of Duty got its chance on the pro circuit with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare there has been a simple rule set, a mix of a few or less game-types and a lengthy banned item list. With this new title, Black Ops 2, new life has been breathed into the CoD eSports scene.
This is almost 100% due to Treyarch and there interest into competitive gaming as well as their new CoDCaster feature. Treyarch voiced that they wanted almost everything allowed and nearly nothing banned. The biggest change was to have killstreaks enabled, which have always been banned and was supposedly an "obvious" ban in past titles. When the rules were first being put together in the beginning of the game some pros were saying that they were not going to play if killstreaks were allowed, but within a few months and tweaks everybody adjusted and now mostly agree that killstreaks make the game more enjoyable. Also with all the tactical grenade options and the new pick ten system so many new strategical opportunities have opened up that were impossible before. The game's meta changes throughout every event, people find better ways to hold down positions or break them. Every event has had that one play that has shocked the viewers and changed the game forever. This is what Call of Duty was missing in past titles.
With Call of Duty: Ghosts just 3 months away and with the next generation of consoles coming there is much to look look forward to, but you must wonder if Infinity Ward will come out with a competitively balanced game that supports LAN tournaments. Now this might sound stupid, but after Black Ops 1's success as a competitive LAN game everybody thought that it would grow. When Modern Warfare 3 released there was no tournament LAN ready system, and that hurt Call of Duty as an eSport. Now yes there were major Call of Duty tournaments in Europe, but no where near the size of tournaments for the previous game. Infinity Ward needs to support competitive Call of Duty, because if they don't it might be the fall of Call of Duty as an eSport. Now many people are saying that if Ghosts isn't what people want then we should just stay with Black Ops 2. Well, that would be a good alternative if the new consoles weren't coming out at the same time and not backwards compatible. Also a lot of the sponsors are not going to want to support an out dated game,for example the publisher Activision. Without publisher or developer support any eSport title will die off. If Ghosts does deliver the eSports support that the competitive community deserves then the sky is the limit, it will be such an exciting year for players and spectators. This year is just the beginning as long as the players have the developer's support.
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.
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.
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.