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We are growing. The community is getting bigger. Our social media presence has nearly doubled in 9 months. This is awesome! All this growth speaks to new opportunities. I feel this donation drive is the perfect time to tell you that change is coming. Our staff will be moving from a "family feel" to a "performance sports team." The community will remain one big family, but in order to grow, we need athletes on staff. We don't need people to do "tasks" anymore. We need men and women who like to score big wins. We want the kind of person who is not focused on their "role" or their "tasks" but are focused on scoring goals, making baskets, scoring touchdowns and crossing that finish line. If ANY of this makes sense to you, personally, READ ON. It gets better. The current staff is awesome! Many things are in auto-pilot. Now, we need to grow. So, I want you to know that anyone who is let go from staff leaves it as a friend and an AWESOME contributor. Where we are headed, we need fresh blood, a new breed, we need athletes. This is where I reach out to YOU! vVv Gaming is seeking athletes! Rob and Jordan will be interviewing new staff members. If they really like you, we will fly you out to LA to meet with me, personally, for a final interview. If you feel that you want your life to go in a new direction, you want to experience life as an entrepreneur or simply value experience and actually DOING things, this is for you. Again, our future direction need athletes on staff. Here are some more details: We want people who believe in our mission statement and are passionate about vVv Gaming: We want you to help us deliver on that mission. If you ask, "What should I do?" or "How can I help?" We don't need you. If you can come and say, I want to do THIS and it will help vVv Gaming deliver on the mission, I say. . . Go on. I'm listening. Can't wait to see a few of you in LA real soon. Good Luck!
If you only knew. . . the changes that were coming down the pipeline. For the past 100 or so episodes of The Loser's Bracket podcast, we have talked about the evolution of eSports and our ever growing role in its development. As you all know, after MLG Columbus, we started a serious crackdown on social media use, dropping many members, and moving many into the community gamer group. After that, we had to take a close look at where we were and where eSports was headed. When we took a look at the numbers, we realized that we had been too nice. We had let things linger. I was reminded of the 2008 Darren Aronofsky film, The Wrestler. In this film, Rourke plays an aging professional wrestler who continues to wrestle matches in an attempt to cling on to his 1980s heyday despite his failing health. If you haven't seen it, I can't recommend it enough. Let me show the Top XBox titles played for the week of April 9th taken from Major Nelson's Blog Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops FIFA 12 Battlefield 3 Halo: Reach Modern Warfare 2 Skyrim Gears of War 3 NBA 2K12 Mass Effect 3 As we looked at this, we realized that we had to make some tough decisions. The first thing we decided was that we would only have formal divisions in games that were at a major event like (MLG, IPL, NASL, IEM, etc). We decided to take all non-sponsored players (no effect on sponsored players) for all games that were not at a major events and put them in the Community Gamer group. We needed to lose the distinction between Halo/Gears/CoD/Rhythm Gaming groups and merge them into a more diverse Community Gamer Group. We want our community gamers to be a diverse group. We chose red as their color to reflect that community gamers were our blood, our beginning and what makes vVv Gaming so special. This change makes it easier to manage and better align our efforts with the titles that actually are at major events and have the kind of developer support needed for success as an eSport. With that, some of you saw our non-sponsored Halo players basically revolt, force us to take down the shoutbox 3 times, and then resign. I was very disappointed with the behavior of one person in particular, and he has been banned. We take the chain of command very seriously, and the shoutbox is not the place to fight. Sadly, he could not separate the critique of his game, Halo, from the critique of himself. We always respect the person in vVv Gaming, but we CAN attack the game someone loves while still respecting the person. Hate the game, not the gamer. If your game gets attacked, don't make it personal. Period. I can promise you that if any of those games listed above end up at a major event, we will gladly give them their own group. Please know that all our sponsored players still keep their user group. Until then, I want everyone to know our priorities: Starcraft 2 League of Legends Mortal Kombat 9/Soul Caliber V/King of Fighters XIII Diablo 3 (release May 15th) Guild Wars 2 (release June 26th est.) Halo Reach/Halo 4 (release November 6th) Call of Duty MW3/Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (we will know the release date on 5/2/2012) DotA2? Counter Strike: Go? Possible Rhythm Gaming revival? That's all we can predict right now. As far as sponsorships, we are now offering two kind of sponsorships: Professional and Content. Professional sponsorships are awarded to our best players who are working to be professional gamers. This covers all of our current sponsorships. Content sponsorships are our community players who are working to become professional content producers. I also want to talk about staff. As you know, they work very hard. We recently have gone through some staff changes as well. All were due to burnout or staffers getting busy with balancing life and their duties on staff, so expect to see some new faces. We have seen so much interest in vVv Gaming that I am excited to get some fresh blood and fresh ideas onto our staff. I want to wish both Voison and Slauney good luck, as they both need to attend to other parts of their life. They will both remain vVv members, but their time on staff, for now, has come to an end. Thank you both for all your hard work. I want to cover everyone's roles so you know what they do: Executives vVv LordJerith (President/Owner) vVv Doomhammer (Senior Vice President) Administrators vVv Brock (Vice President of Visual Media) vVv Paradise (Podcast Producer) vVv Robzgod (Marketing Manager) vVv SugarBear (StarCraft 2 Manager) Moderators vVv AmpeD (DotA2 Manager) vVv Arkaine (Community Gamer Manager) vVv Bizkit (Community Gamer Manager) vVv Esoteric (Fighting Games Manager) vVv Nocontrol (LoL Manager) vVv Plattypus (LoL Community Manager) Writers vVv Blazek vVv Rapture We will be recruiting more writers and casters, as well as selecting our GW2 Guild Leader and officers and a Diablo 3 manager. We have so much great stuff happening!
As promised in my post yesterday, we are going to implement some changes. First off, we are removing the position of application manager, console manager and PC manager. We are simply too large for these positions to work for us as they have in the past. Now, we will have Title Managers that are responsible for: Reviewing their divisions applications at least weekly (prefer more often) Make application recommendations to me at 30 days (Either interview, another 30 days, or close) Ensuring their players have updated pics and forum bios Monitoring their applicants and their members to ensure consistent social media use (Twitter and Facebook) Players that can stream must stream weekly, Players that can not stream must comment on podcasts, YouTube Channel and Geek2me articles at least weekly Members should maintain an average post count of 1/day or donate if they can not Encourage apps and members to purchase vVv branded merchandise, as well as sponsors products Writing news for the division in a timely (within 6-12 hours) of a newsworthy event (team changes, LAN results, online tournament results, etc. Here is our current list of managers: Star Craft 2: Roar (with help from Noxie, SugarBear, Sweep and Preen) League of Legends/Heroes of Newerth: JayC MK9: Napalm Brawl: Chibo Gears: Detrimental CoD:BO Nynjatic CoD: PC Cubed Crossfire: Blitzed Rythmn: Hellashes Sports: Ballack Halo: RedvBlue Gamers with Disabilities: Spectral Managers can choose to be contracted. If so, they will receive: Accommodations (i.e., hotel) Travel compensation (performance based) vVv branded merchandise (custom polo) SteelSeries gear PC: mouse pad, mouse, headset, Console: headset [*]Basic social media marketing and personal brand development training [*]Career coaching and development inlcuding opportunties for revenue through coaching, streaming and event promotions. [*]Post-gaming career coaching and development – Education and scholarship opportunities, letters of recommendation to grad schools/employment, resume building, etc. Changes to our Sponsorship Policies (for LAN events ONLY) We have only one (1) sponsored team (or up to 6 players) per game. One (1) second team or additional players (up to 6 players) per game. All sponsored players must be under contract. All sponsored players must use SteelSeries gear. Academy members must use SteelSeries gear if it is provided to them. Each team must have a team captain. All sponsored teams/players get vVv Gaming custom jerseys. Sponsored teams must be called "vVv Gaming" "vVv Black" "vVv Red" "or simply "vVv" (no more vVv "Team Name"). Players will still always be listed as "vVv Time." Academy teams are listed as "vVv Red" "vVv Black" or "vVv Academy". Academy players will still be listed as "vVv Time." MMO players need not apply to guild, but officers must apply. All vVv Gaming guilds will be called "vVv Gaming" Changes to what we offer LAN sponsored players: Accommodations (i.e., hotel) Travel compensation (performance based) vVv branded merchandise (custom jerseys) SteelSeries gear PC: mouse pad, mouse, headset, keyboard and eyeware (Scopes) Console: headset and eyeware (Scopes) [*]Marketing and promotion of players through our website, livestream, podcast, team pages, interviews (written and videotaped) [*]Basic social media marketing and personal brand development training [*]Gaming career coaching and development inlcuding opportunties for revenue through coaching, streaming and event promotions. [*]Post-gaming career coaching and development – Education and scholarship opportunities, letters of recommendation to grad schools/employment, resume building, etc. Online teams and "local LAN" teams will be handled on case by case situation.