The Management POV

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Since 2012 I never thought I would get to this stage of the e-sports scene managing multiple teams that play at the top of the Oceanic e-sports, I guess its something you really never plan in my case.

In 2012 InVidious started as a rival to another team in COD4 and was the remains of that rival, from there I took over the management side of the organisation. This was my first contact with e-sports on ladders, previous to that I was a Battlefield 2 Pub warrior and dabbled in the LAN party side of things. COD4 was really the glory days I had some great opportunities in that scene and overall anyone there was willing to help InVidious and myself learn and become what we are today. One of the biggest highlights was playing with one of the top players in the scene at the time, Spach from Team Exile5 at Respawn LAN, to this day I am still baffled to see a player that can read a game better the Spach he can really read anything on any map at any time.

As Call of duty slowly died in late 2013 so did my passion for e-sports I ended up getting very sick and moved InVidious into a slowly degrading state, rarely speaking to the rest of the managers and barely able to get on my computer. Months and months went by where I could barely get on my computer, there was just no motivation after working 12 hour day’s to talk to my friends or play any sort of computer game.

After a long period of thinking I decided to see a doctor and sort life goals out and get back into the scene, the sad part really is having to learn a new scene completely from scratch. After COD4 died Counter Strike: Global Offensive became the top game in the scene, Suddenly nobody even knew who I was as I lurked or replied to posts in the forum, all the veterans of COD4 had moved on or slowly moved to other games.  For those that may not know me I am a massive FPS fan and before our DOTA2 division started I was really only interested in clicking heads, moving on from that I decided to try my hand at the scene, making a hand picked local team to attend LANS around the Melbourne area.

Unfortunately the team never really worked out but another learning curve hit me, the thing I did get out of it was making some really great friends along the way its just sad to see the team never worked out. The concept of the LAN team was to get a large LAN presence and smash it out on a local level with the opportunity to meet many people along the way. So back on the search for another CS:GO team we found the team with ContraX, Wolfy and Xtreme_mc the team had some really great results competing in the CGA ladder and making a name for InVidious. Which was a really great step in the direction we wanted to head.

However we were of course subject to the massive CS:GO roster swap that is still in the scene to this day, now 2015 we decided to try our hand at another team featuring Dheks, Davi and a few others. After sometime with this team to struggle getting results we eventually decided to have a break from the scene. To this day I really hoped that CS:GO wasn’t subject to so many roster swaps and maybe more teams would be up there in International scene or at least got some history behind their teams.

Looking back on our break from CS:GO, it’s probably the best thing we did for InVidious it encouraged our managers and myself to review other games in the scene the first step was to gauge what up and coming games are around and what games most needed organisation support. Although DotA 2 isn’t the biggest or best scene in Australia I feel it has a special place in e-sports so I decided to do a bit of research within the scene and see who is known. This brought me to find BL00DLocK, this man is by far a well recognised figure in Australian DotA 2 writing for many top e-sports pages and doing a lot around the scene for LANS and anything he can really get his hands on that is related to DotA.

As BL00DLocK joined the ranks of our management he began fielding an amateur team to represent for InVidious, by this stage I was well back on track to build the foundations for a great organisation. Our DotA 2 division suffered some roster swaps but they have recently found a roster that works for them, I am really keen to see this scene move up the ranks even though I really don’t understand the game completely, call me simple minded. It is with great news that CyberGamer have reopened the CGo ladder for DotA 2 which is a large focus right now for our DotA division, with hopes CyberGamer might announce leagues for this game in the coming season.

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DotA 2 Captain BL00DLocK

With our DotA 2 team now competing it was time to find that game that really makes our organisation whole again, I decided to have a look at the SMITE community although small it really does pack a punch in terms of production value and prize pools, doing some posting we found one of the top teams and still longest standing team in the Oceanic scene featuring TopNotch as a captain.

Captain of SMITE division TopNotch

Captain of SMITE division TopNotch

I never liked the idea of a 3rd person MOBA but SMITE quickly became an exception to that, TopNotch at the helm as captain and one of my closest friends gave me some great motivation to really love what I do. I really have to thank the SMITE community for reviving my passion for gaming, without you guys I probably would of quit and found a new hobby.

We had some pretty decent results in the first season of SMITE although missing out on the PAX finals and that one spot for the international place for Australia we’re really hoping to smash it out this year. TopNotch and the rest of the team has been playing very consistently over the past few months and it was a pleasure to send this Team to PAX Australia. I met so many different types of people and other managers it was really a great networking place for all.

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InVidious SMITE team and Managing Director of Invidious Nukleuz

It was also a great opportunity for our SMITE team to get down and really do some boot camping. Although a lot of people call me stupid, I still believe to this day that the investment I made with this team has really put some structure to the roster. Its always completely different getting up on that stage and playing to a crowd so I even though I couldn’t exactly give the boys a stage I could at least give them a chance to meet and bond with each other and this is a real core part in any team or organisation and one of our organisation’s biggest values, which I believe is why we have been around e-sports for such a long period of time.

With much more investment and time on our hands we’re now looking forward to sending all of our teams and players to the next PAX Australia event, for the opportunity to play in a real world environment. This is a massive organisational effort by all but I think every team coming together in the one building really does make it all worth it on the day. The progression I have seen so many teams make in just a few hours practicing and playing in a LAN environment is only something you see happen every so often and is a really big advantage over other teams that may not be up to the effort of organizing such an event to happen.

After our SMITE success along came an incredibly fun game called Rocket League, CyberGamer announced it’s leagues were starting in this game. After a few games were played we had our eyes set on the team “Dinner Time” with some great results in hand and a really good team attitude they decided to join forces with InVidious and continue there great success into the now season 2 of Rocket League. Our team is currently in the professional division for rocket league competing against the best Australia has to offer, I am excited to see the results this season from Rocket League and the announcement from CyberGamer to host this at their LAN Finals in April was one that really excited myself and the team further.

It was only recently that we decided in 2016 that we would once again look back to Counter Strike. It’s really hard to come back to a game and give support to a team with a lot of uncertainty to it, I really think the scene does have a long way to go before it can really compete against the likes of North America and Europe but I think CyberGamer and many other people have taken some great steps in the right direction to make it more and more competitive and have less roster swaps and other things that do hinder the scene.

After a few weeks of trialing multiple teams, we stumbled upon eDGe’s team (Vendetta). For those that may not know eDGe, he is a Call of duty 4 veteran playing with many of my close friends from that era, with his experience as a professional player in the past and many of the team coming from either COD4 or CS 1.6 background they’re a really developed and focused team. Although new I think with a boot camp with the rest of the teams at PAX this year they will really be in the making for a great team.

This year InVidious really wants to strive for success and push other teams to really make a difference to the scene instead of the typical “death” of a team after one season. If we all want to benefit from e-sports and make it a larger presence in Australia we all need to come together to promote what good it can really do. I am really glad to see people stepping up and setting events up and organizing competition matches, one day comps and a whole range of different things that benefit both players and e-sports in Australia.

There are of course some things that really do bug me about organisations, a lot of people out there think that it is simple to pick up a few teams and get sponsors and make a large name for themselves, this is rarely the case. To make a big name requires time and a lot people, organisation and effort, most of my time now is no longer spent gaming but liaising with each team on what they need to focus on for the week or marketing campaigns to help our name become bigger and better each day.

So I really do plead with these people that if you really do want to start an organisation that you give some serious thought into how much, and what it will actually take. There is always people out there that you can consult to help your new organisation but be serious about it, and don’t waste other players time when you get more then you gambled for. A typical scenario is when a organisation or a person says they can do something just be honest and deliver for the team’s you pick up, otherwise we have teams not showing up to LANs and large events on the day because of a stupid manager wanting a high profile team but paying pennies when he needs dollars for, it is never the way to go and disadvantages not only the players but your reputation.

All in all, I really do enjoy what I do and hopefully this shed some light onto who I am as a manager,- I don’t get all the limelight but I am the person behind InVidious and this is something that I am really proud of, many people know us and I have made too many friends to count because of InVidious and I really don’t see an end to doing what I do and if you got this far thanks for reading!

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