This is a blog about online video gaming and from time to time other topics that tickle my fancy. I'm the man in charge of a new start-up that takes the video gaming world and makes it a sport. Sports stars earn their living by playing their sport, and now so will gamers.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Business Update

Sorry for the delay in posting but I've been busy with some things recently.

Here's a quick update on what we have going on. A tentative business launch date will be set for April and the first tournament will happen by the end of July, if all goes well. I have meetings this week with partners and a few lawyers to get a few more details sorted out so I'll have more on this next week.

There will be slots available for sign up on our website very soon so keep watching there for a new look and LOTS of information. Don't forget to tell your friends to sign up too. We still need some suggestions for games to play. I can't promise that we will host all of your recommendations because of some game logistics but we will do what we can.

The gaming industry is continually growing right now with nearly $1 billion in PC software sales alone last year which in my opinion was a light game release year. A couple of the top 10 games were EA Games' Battlefield 2, Activision's Call of Duty and a whole host of Sims. All this data can be found on NPD Group's website.

On a side note, I'd like to see some ideas for a logo for the World Series of Video Gaming. Send me your ideas or better yet an example and I'll pass them on to the others. If we like it I'll find something to reward with so start thinking.

Come on people, lets start some dialog about this subject. Have a blog of your own? Link to these posts. Have a favorite blog of your own, (other than this one, obviously!) comment on it and mention our blog and link to it. It's time to get this party started.

Randy

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Big Companies Suck, And Baby Bush Too

Corporate policies are moronic sometimes. I've advanced my education to a point where it's validated to get promoted to a different position. In the past 3 months I've been asked to consider a new position within the company. Let me prefix this by saying that I've been trying to move into a new position since January 2005. I worked in corporate marketing in a new business development function for nearly the entirety of 2005, all the while being told that advancement was pending.

Anyway this is slightly off topic. My point is that of all the positions I've applied for INTERNALLY I've not heard one response from any hiring manager. That's 7 applications and no responses. Is this typical? I've talked to many other managers within the organization and they emphatically say that it's common policy to at least inform all the applicants of the status of their applications.



OK, enough of that mess, lets talk about something else now, George Bush. He was quoted in the Financial Times of London today as saying that the country of Iraq is not in a state of civil war. I say to Mr. Bush, open your eyes! Where else in the world is it common for countrymen to kill each other in guerilla warfare and have it not considered civil war? Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, these were all considered civil wars but even though the same events are happening in Iraq how can Mr. Bush not admit that it's a civil war? Wake up and smell the small arms fire Mr. Bush, it's a war and it couldn't be more civil if all the Iraqi citizens were involved. Oh, I guess most of them are.

I read somewhere today, I think in Jeff Jarvis' blog, about journalist's asking democrats what they suggest we do in Iraq. I think this question goes well beyond just democrats and should be addressed to the entire population of the planet because it really does touch all of us in one way or another. I asked myself what I would suggest and honestly I can't think of an all encompassing answer. On one hand we can pull out and let the citizens deal with the mess the coalition forces made or we can stay and try to fix the problem. If we leave the country will be slammed into a deeply rooted sectarian civil war that could last for decades. On the other hand if we stay we will potentially divide the country into sectarian factions that will probably split the country apart. I really don't know what I would do at this point other than start talking to people that have influence in the region and try to get a plan together that satisfies most groups involved. What ideas to you have? Let all of us know.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

What I'd Like to Be When I Grow Up

Right now I do product design as a source of income. Trouble is I really don't like it much anymore. Actually that's not a whole truth, I really just don't like the actual drawing part of the design process. If I could just have someone copy my ideas and then draw things for me I'd have a more satisfying job. And job is the right word for this because I have different aspirations for a career. I've wanted to be an entrepreneur since I can remember and now I've got an opportunity to make my dream come true. Granted it's time consuming and already I feel like I've made a few mistakes but it's really, really satisfying to be a part of something that you really, truly feel is a good idea.

I'd do this video gaming thing even if I didn't make money because I really like this stuff. By stuff I mean the video game tournaments and the world series championships. Think about how much fun this is going to be! I get to work in a field where I usually play because I play PC games quite a lot. We even have a group of us with the same tags although it's not really a clan, just a bunch of us who play together a lot. We're the[Just] guys and I'm [Just]Ned, In case you were wondering. I usually play Soldier of Fortune 2 or Battlefield 2 but I can also be seen playing Call of Duty 2, Battlefield Vietnam or CSS on a rare occasion. I haven't been online to often recently because this business thing takes a lot of work and a ton of planning.

This venture is going to be designed by PC gamers, for PC gamers and we hope you like what we have to offer. I'd really like to have some feedback on any of your thoughts or comments on this venture, even something as simple as a game suggestion. I've commented on the basics of what we are offering in a different post so please check it out and ask questions at your leisure.


As of today it's a group of 3, one web guru, one IT guru, and me, the guy on the business end and I'll work with the games end. One thing, we will need game server controllers, those of you who command and control game servers. If this is you, email me please!

So that's it then. I'll have a different topic tomorrow or the next day. I really want to try to post an entry at least once every other day. I have one request though and that is that I'd like to know if ANYONE is reading this stuff so please leave a comment or send me an e-mail and if you want to discuss a certain topic, I'll start it up for you.

One other comment/note, my fiance Emily why I hadn't mentioned her in my blog so I thought I'd go it one better. Here is a picture of her and I at a party she had for school (she will be a veterinarian soon.) I know what you're thinking, "what's a hot chick like that doing with a dope like me?" Well I got lucky once in my life! Hopefully lightning will strike twice.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The 100 dinners in 100 days

So Hugh MacLeod is offering a sweet deal for those of us who blog (or any geek in general.) He's promoting a South African wine called Stormhoek that's supposed to be good. I can't comment because I've not had any but the marketing involved with this is genius! Click on the link to the right to sign up, if you think you qualify.

Monday, March 13, 2006

What is the World Series of Video Gaming?

I've been asked this a few times now so it's time to let the cat out of the bag, somewhat.

Well I'm starting a new company that specializes in online, PC based video games. I have a few titles to start with like Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 2, Quake 4, Soldier of Fortune 2, FarCry, etc., but I'd really like your opinion on other titles that would work well in a tournament setting.

The gist of it is that it's like the World Series of Poker but for PC based online video games. There will be tournaments held every month that consist of 4 qualifying tournaments, 4 quarter final tournaments, 3 semi final tournaments and finally a championship round so that's 12 tournaments a year.

We will setup the servers based on the number of people that sign up for each game. Right now we are planning on 15 game titles (some of which are listed above) and plan on limiting each game title to 300 people max. This will let us focus on the quality of the gaming experience instead of worrying about how many people we are hosting. Each game will have a referee to monitor game play and a server technician for server issues.

Now the good part. We will pay back to the winners 50% of the total revenue for the venue! That means if we bring in $100,000 we will pay out $50,000 to the winners, or if we make $1,000,000 we will pay out $500,000 to the winners! The winners list and what is required to win each game type will be posted on the World Series of Video Gaming web site, worldseriesofvideogaming.net. We will be moving the site to the .com domain soon but don't worry, you will be redirected if you still use the .net domain.

Here's the price structure we have established:

Qualifying rounds $25 entry fee
quarter final rounds $50 entry fee
Semi final rounds $100 entry fee
Final round $300 entry fee

Just to be clear, this is not gambling! It is a sport that uses the skills, experiences, know how and expertise that each of you possess. Some (newbs) may think they are good, champions know they are! This will be your chance to prove yourself.

Now this is just a brief synopsis of what to expect and nothing says that things won't change. Actually I can guarantee you that they will, but only for the better. Come see us at worldseriesofvideogaming.net and sign our guest book.

I look forward to your comments and any suggestions.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Karma sucks

So I just spent the last half hour typing a huge entry about karma and what happens when I spell check it? It all disappears. The whole thing. To whom ever I've wronged I apologize!!!

What my previous entry said was that as I was on my way to my fiance's (Emily)house, some 80 miles away from my house, and I was just driving along talking to her on the phone when out of no where a full size spare tire appears right in the middle of the left hand lane on the interstate. The car in front of me swerves and misses it and I have just enough time to swerve and hit it with my tires at 80 mph. When I do this it launches my truck (SUV) into the air on the right side what feels like 3 feet and sends me careening toward the median. The impact immediately punctures and deflates both tires on the right side. The flat tires have huge rolling resistance which sends me shooting back into traffic toward the right lane where a semi truck is waiting to crush me and the truck into a little box. Luckily I fight the wheel back to the left and get the thing stopped in the median.

So it's over now and I'm wondering just how bad everything is. I get out expecting there to be people stopped to see if every thing is all right, only to find that no one has stopped. NO one. Well that's not entirely true. I look down the highway about 100 yards and see this truck that's pulling a snowmobile trailer parked on the shoulder on the right side. He was watching me hit his spare trailer tire and when that was done he adjusted what was left loose on his trailer and left. He saw me looking at him, but still chose to leave. Where did the kindness and personal responsibility go in society?

So now I have the truck towed to a local tire dealer where they are telling me that it's a weird size tire and they don't have any in stock anywhere in the city. I have to either wait until Tuesday (it's Saturday) or drive 50 miles to get a set from another store. I HAVE NO VEHICLE RIGHT NOW, so how do I drive 50 miles to get the tires I need to get the vehicle working in order to get to the tires I need?

Like I said, to whom ever I wronged in the past, I sincerely apologize.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

A quick message from the CEO's corner

Welcome to the first entry of the World Series of Video Gaming blog. I've been reading blogs for a few months now but this is my first attempt at hosting one so please excuse any unintentional errors!

On this blog you will find many musings by me on many different topics, some of which will be business related (marketing, longtail things, small is the new big, etc...), life related, gripe related, but mostly it will be online gaming related.

We're starting a new business, and you can be a part of it.

More coming soon.



By the way, here are a couple of my favorite blogs right now:
Jeff Jarvis is a tech guy and a VC as well. He's pissed at Peter Biondi right now for introducing this idiotic bill to the New Jersey state law makers.
Guy Kawasaki wrote a good book (one of many) called "The Art of the Start".
Hugh MacLeod funny guy. Has lots of his own cartoons on there.

And probably my favorite right now is Seth Godin. This guy has his head screwed on just right! You must read his book "Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable". Great stuff. Oh yeah, he just spent some time at Google talking to them about marketing. Take a look.