This was a wonderful year for me about esport. One year ago I was kinda useless for esport, I was just a random viewer who likes to browse TL and LR. I wanted to be a part of this community, it was worth to invest my time into something I found really cool. I talked to plenty of guys this year, some contacts are still contacts but some contacts are now friend. I think during this year I’ve become the TeamLiquid/Liquipedia guy in the French community.
During the start of the year I decided that I really wanted to contribute, I talked to some Millenium guys, aAa guys and other website. Some websites offered me money to come work for them but I do not like the idea not to be allowed to work for only one website. I wanted freedom in esport, being able to help Liquipedia while giving some infos to Millenium while translating a Thorin’s article for aAa.
One of the most important moment of the year was when I was contacted by O’Gaming, the company behind Iron Squid and Tales of the Lanes. I’ve been a Pomf & Thud fan for 4 years and I was really close to meet them. In March I was contacted by Kerri, the main admin for SC2 and HS, and he wanted me to help him to create a Liquipedia page for NationWars II.
We are now in the middle of the year and I was invited to go to the Pomf & Thud cavern aka the workplace of O’Gaming. This day was crazy, 4 BO5, I was not a part of O’Gaming then, I was just a lucky viewer then. But I told myself that it was an opportunity to shine. I decided to take a seat and a computer and I worket 12 hours in a row. I was tired, hungry but fuck it, I wanted to be useful. I guess I had some potential because I became an O’Gaming’s member 2 weeks later.
July was a crazy month, I had a student job and an esport job at the same time. Bye sleep, by comfort, hello passion and hardwork. I’m a lazy guy, I love slacking but I did not want to slack during this month. I wanted to work as hard as possible. I wanted to be useful. The week before NationWars II was crazy. Crazy but good. I worked during 4 months for this event. I did not care about being payed or not. I wanted to do it because it was fun and being able to talk to people who loved the show was something I wanted to experience.
July 26. It was our day. LR thread is ready, Lorning was the OP, I was ready, casters were ready, players were too. And the day was really good, Eiki played the best games of his life, Stephano played in front of a French crowd. I met several guys including Boucot during this day. Norway finished first and I’ve seen something impressive. How hard being a proper observer is. FunKa almost fainted at the end of game 5. This was really crazy. The afterparty was really cool too. I arrived at the afterparty at Meldown Paris, holy shit that was really fun. People bought a shit ton of drinks for Eiki and TargA.
Then things were way more serious for me. The first half of the year was awesome but the second part is better. In August I received a PM from Plexa. He told me I would be able to join TeamLiquid staff if I wanted. Of course I wanted, this website has something unique, it feels like you are at home and you are chilling with your friends.
I was working a lot in August about stuff for StarCraft and O’Gaming which I’m not allowed to talk but it was really cool to see behind the scenes. Like how people are working when they are not casting, how people work with other casters. O’Gaming was the first western company to be allowed to cast GSL in an other language as English and it was really cool to see new casters during this part of the year.
NationWars II : Norway vs Korea was in late September, we had to record small interviews with players. It was really hard to make a proper schedule for players and staff because half of them were in Korea and some of them were only avaible in the middle of the night for us. We had a FFA with the famous Wintex who was invited too !
During that time I was also told that maybe I would need to be able for a HearthStone event. It was a cool event despite some technical issues. I don’t follow HearthStone, the game does not attract me but it was nice to see young,teenagers,adults playing HearthStone. The best thing about the event was that two 7-8 years old twins were playing, the first one lost to a proplayer and the next round his brother avenges him. It was really cute to see their reactions.
The end of the year was also cool, O’Gaming was casting IEM San José, we had some down time, we did some stupid things during the stream and I also casted two games. My casting is fucking awful, I don’t know how to hype a game but it was funny.
I’m doing what I love, working backstage, talking to people about esport. We are still working to add more SC2 content for O’Gaming and it’s a really enjoyable work even if I’m not in front of a camera for thousands and thousands viewers.
TL;DR : I was unknown a year ago, I wanted to be a part of this community, you have to work hard and to try things if you want to achieve something meaningful.
I also want to thank all TLers, things would be so different in my life if I did not create an account here.
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Watch the French stream ffs.
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I also want to include Borsti in this blog, we miss you