9 months ago I’ve created this topic named: https://tl.net/forum/brood-war/584781-zzzero-becomes-full-time-tournament-organizer
Here is sum up of what I've done within this time: https://tl.net/forum/brood-war/601038-bsl-2022-conclusion-after-9-months
I gave myself a year for this job to become sufficient for me to support my family.
I want to start this post by expressing my deepest gratitude to everyone in our community, especially those who have supported me and my projects over the years. The last few months when I was able to fully devote myself to StarCraft, organizing events and tournaments - has been the most beautiful period of my life. I love doing it and it would be my dream to keep doing it forever, even though it's hard work, I love every aspect of it. It changed me mentally and changed my approach to life. I never had the opportunity to do something I love for living and I can’t describe this feeling. I have great respect for our community, this job, BSL, whatever you call it. StarCraft is my second family and I really care about your opinion and respect it. That is why I was very concerned that by creating a post in which I set a specific goal related to the steady income I expect from it, I will cause outrage among some of you. I still have such concerns, but I’m a father now, I can’t look for myself only and need to take care of my family. Unfortunately, after 9 months of my adventure as a tournament organizer, I am far from satisfying income, so I have to start this topic to call you to action - if in your opinion it is worth it.
To be honest, I expected to find more sponsors and partners during my full time work on this project. I’ve sent thousands of emails and sponsorship decks to any company I could think of. Unfortunately, without any good result. Which means that the last resort, as always, is you, dear SC: BW community.
As most of you probably know, I am 31 years old, recently became a father, and I need to provide my family with the best possible existence.
When I'm fundraising for BSL each season, I only take into account the costs related to running the tournament, each season costs about $10k, with ~ $ 6.5k going to the prize pools, the rest are costs related to graphics, animations, casters, admins and other technical aspects of running the tournament. Also the meaningful part is that %5-7 of the donations is taken by the commissions.
My goal is to get closer to the level of what I was earning on my regular job, which is ~$2,500 per month. It will allow me to simply live on the current level, which is now enough for me. Additional cost of running a bussiness for BSL is ~$500 a month, so assuming I can earn $500 on Twitch and Youtube, I'd like to have $2500 backing on Patreon.com/Bombastic
Regardless of whether you think it’s worthy and want to support my goal, I am so grateful to you for this last year of my amazing adventure, it is the best time of my life.
To sum up: BSL Season 16 achieved its goal and I will organize it with my full commitment as always, personally produce everything. If by the end of BSL16 you can meet my Patreon.com/Bombastic goal of $2500 per month - BSL tournaments will continue for as long as we will meet each season goals!
If we will meet the goal I will:
- Organize 3 full BSL Seasons each year, with full dedication as I’m doing currently (If we will meet the season goals)
- Organize lower leagues for each season to support every level player as I’m doing currently
- Organize an offline BSL LAN Party (I already found a spot - looking for additional sponsors, probably ~april)
- I will arrange a gaming house for best players to prepare for ASL qualifiers and go there with them + make full coverage (looking for sponsors, I already talked with few players);
- I will do everything to find additional sponsors / support to make the BW scene more alive (Like I did this year when I made Race Championships, BSL 2v2 ProLeague, BSL Surprise Tour etc.)
In addition, to encourage you to support, I want to define another goals:
- $ 1500 - ZZZero 12h ladder stream;
- $ 2000 - ZZZero introduces his sister (new BSL assistant/staff member)
- $ 2500 - ZZZero drunk stream + Q&A
You can support here:
BSL has over 25,000 unique viewers, if every tenth of you add $1 a month, we will be able to continue making BroodWar great again.
I will appreciate if you will share this post, thank you!