Interview with @J4CKMULL

1.) How did you get into gaming? What was the very first game you played?
I got into gaming as a young kid. I have a few older family members that also gamed so I assume I just played with them over the years. I think the first game I ever played was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game on the Sega genesis!
2.) Would you say you’re a casual or competitive gamer? Have you always been this way?
I’d say I’m more of a casual gamer in the sense that I haven’t ever played in any competitions or anything but I’m a very competitive player when it comes to winning and being above my friends in any sort of leaderboards.
3.) What are you most passionate about when it comes to your fans/community?
What I’m most passionate about with my community is building a place that people feel they can come and relax, have some fun and go away from the stream feeling that they’ve had a good time. I aspire to keep my community a positive place.
4.) Who has inspired you in either a good way or as an example of what not to do?
Streamers like @TimTheTatman is someone who I watch a lot. His community knows the boundaries of what they can say to him and he knows what he can get away with when it comes to them as well. Someone else is @NadeShot, I’ve been a fan of his for years from his competitive OpTic days and to see him now smashing it with @100Thieves is inspirational to say the least.
5.) In your opinion what is the best video game ever created? What is your favorite gaming system ever?
As someone who’s very FPS orientated, I’d have to say Modern Warfare 2 is my favourite all time game, I spend more time on that game that I’d be proud to admit. The best console ever is hands down the PS2, if you owned one then you’ll just know why!
6.) What game did you start and never finish, but wish you had? Why didn’t you finish it?
One game I never finished was Alien Isolation and I’d love to go back and complete it. I hit a point where I didn’t know what to do and I just ended up rage quitting it but the game was so much fun to play and stream.
7.) What are you most looking forward to after the pandemic is over?
After the pandemic is over I just wanna meet up with my friends that I haven’t seen for months and have a beer and a proper face to face chat.
8.) Do you have any pre-game routines? Foods/drinks you always have when gaming?
I don’t have any pre game routines but I like to always have plenty of water around, keeping hydrated is key! (unless its a Friday then its substituted for something a little stronger)
9.) What is 1 thing you wish people knew about you or should?
One thing people should know about me is that I’m more than just a social media account, I’m not just the twitter account that people find me and once you get to know me I’m actually quite a good guy (I think)
10.) Final Question: If you could be any cartoon character, which and why?
I’d probably choose T.J. Detweiler from Recess. I’m not too sure why but he always just seemed like a proper chill guy and I can respect it

Interview with Syc & Upshock Gaming (uP)

1.) What inspired you to create your community/organization?

I wanted to create a safe environment for content creators to grow and become a family. I feel like there needs to be more positivity in the gaming community and that’s why I chose the #RedefineGaming slogan.

2.) What experience(s) have you drawn on to build the foundation of your community?

I was a Director of Operations for 10 years. I wanted to take those skills I had and apply them to a community that shares the same passions I do. I know how to work the operations behind the scenes, but now I also get to build relationships with everyone.

3.) What was the biggest hurdle or obstacle early on? Was there ever a time when it was all in doubt?

The biggest obstacle early on was trying to balance my real life responsibilities with the organization responsibilities. I also founded uPShock in August of 2020, during a time where the world was beginning to settle amidst the chaos of COVID-19. Nothing is ever certain, but I have never doubted myself or the uPShock community to become something amazing in the gaming industry.

4.) What excites you the most about what has happened so far?

In just a few short months, we have grown exponentially– more than I would have imagined– and we’re still improving as we go. I have seen uPShock go from a mere idea to a community full of hard-working, talented, and inspiring individuals with amazing potential.

5.) Is there a game or event you are really looking forward to getting involved with?

There isn’t really a singular game I’m excited about. We really want to grow in a multitude of directions and have many members that enjoy many different games. There’s such a diverse range of members that play all types of games and I love that.

6.) What other communities or organizations inspire you?

I’ve really been inspired by many organizations and not one specifically. I strive to improve from many aspects of each organization, but mostly community.

Rapidfire:

Who is the funniest member?

Warmtofu

Who is the most serious member?

Myself

Who has the weirdest taste in food?

Midyma

Who always has to be carried in a match?

Too many to choose from ;D

What does the next 6 months look like for you and your community?

We’ve made a lot of progress these last few months. I’d like to keep growing our team of content creators while generating more content. Our main goal is to grow with our members, so we will be composing workshops to teach our members how to improve. We also want to expand our eSports division by having more games and promoting their skills. We’ve really only scratched the surface of what our team is capable of. I’m excited for the future.

Interview with JoeWaylo Gaming (Premium Member)

Interview with Optisix (Premium Member)

1.) How long have you been a gamer/streamer?

 

August 2018 – I decided to get back into Streaming, so just over 2 plus year now. 5-7 days a week on avg!

 

2.) Favorite game you have played?

 

My favorite is what I’m known for, NHL content!

 

3.) What do you do when you aren’t creating content?

 

Full time Private Security throughout my city! Changes all the time with contracts

 

4.) What’s the next big thing/game you want to be involved with?

 

I never know what next big thing is but Rep a NHL team via Stream would be a great game changer as I have been playing NHL since 1992!

 

5.) What’s 1 thing people don’t know about you that you’d want them to know?

 

I’m a father of 5 Kiddos (4 boys, 1 Girl)

 

6.) What’s the most challenging part about gaming/streaming?

 

Focus Support/ content / work life and real life

 

7.) Who is your favorite person to watch? Why?

 

Thebakerandtymoshow because Canadian boys playing some puck is my life and Hockey!

 

8.) Does your significant other/partner/family member ever play or watch with you?

 

My wife used to Stream with me and on her own but now decided it’s more fun to watch. My mom loves to pop in and troll me when she’s free!

 

9.) If you could be great at something other than streaming/gaming what would it be?

 

Artist- Drawn since I was young – Parents always thought I could do something with art.

 

10.) If you could be any animal which would it be and why?

 

I would be a hedgehog, no reason outside Sonic and Knuckles cause other then that I really have no idea.

Interview with Zimm, CEO of EasternMediaGG (EMGG)

1.) How did you get your start with gaming?
My parents got me an SNES for Christmas when I was 4 or 5 and since then I have been gaming nonstop.

2.) What have you learned offline that has helped you online?

I have a ton of sales experience selling cars, selling cable and WiFi service, selling expensive knives, and even $2500 vacuum cleaners. I’ve taken all that I’ve learned from that and applied it into my business of EasternMediaGG. Realistically everything is sales. People are trying to sell you on themselves every single day.

3.) What led you to create/found your gaming organization?

I got fed up with joining orgs and feeling unappreciated or neglected. I wanted to create a family vibe that actually gave a shit about their content creators instead of this wild dream that their wannabe COD team was gonna be the next CDL champs.

4.) What would you like the future of your gaming org to look like?

I follow quite a few business models currently but what 100T has done is 100% goals. They have evolved into an entertainment BRAND and not just an org. I want to continue to add more dope apparel, get more into the music scene of things, and continue to branch out to all applicable collaborations.

5.) What is one thing you learned that you think other org leaders should know about leadership?

Nothing. Most org leaders have sucked in my experience. I use the knowledge I’ve gained in my 13 years in the Army. I apply the same leadership to my team as I have to my soldiers. I don’t ask anything of anyone that I can’t or won’t do myself.

6.) Why should free agents or potential future members consider your org?

We are just the best. We constantly have people try to imitate what we do and fail. We have created a tight knit community of like-minded grinders. No one here expects to get something and not put forth the work. We all work our asses off and continue to grow more and more everyday.

7.) Is there a gaming or sports “celebrity” you wish you had in your org? 

Of course there is. Who wouldn’t want that? But I don’t have an answer of who. It would be a matter of the most mutually beneficial partnership so i would go over and analyze a ton of information.

8.) If you weren’t in gaming what would your dream job be?

I’d have to say I pretty much live my dream job. Obviously I have a ways to go and so much more to achieve but I wake up, log on to my computer, play games, hop in meetings and talk about games, tweet my usual nonsense, and I don’t have anyone to tell me what to do (outside of my PR team) 

9.) When you aren’t online what are you passionate about?

I LOVE buying, selling, and collecting shoes.

10.) The famous question! What animal would you be if you had the choice?

Easy. I’m a Leo. A lion.

Interview with Aero Revolution

1.) How did you get your start with gaming?
 
I started gaming on a very young age & been gaming my whole life pretty much so far I can remember, from Gameboy, PC, consoles and everything around gaming related, how I really started in the gaming community came around when I was playing call of duty and decided to upload some videos to YouTube when I got invited to a trickshot & sniping team called Zneo which sadly came to a end at on point but I stuck around in the community with the most love & passion for gaming.
 
2.) What have you learned offline that has helped you online?
I have learned a lot of stuff offline which helped me online, but what I learned offline what helps me online the most is probably management, as I’m a freelancer as well for work i learned a lot of management skills which definitely has helped me a lot through out the years.
 
3.) What led you to create/found your gaming organization?
 
What led me to create/found my own gaming organization, as i said earlier, I used to be in a few clans/teams and organizations where I picked up a ton of stuff and experience and I always wanted to start my own organization so after going through a lot of bed experience in a couple teams & organization a couple friends and people they convinced me to start my own team/organization and be a part of the start-up and yea that’s how it all started.
 
4.) What would you like the future of your gaming org to look like?
 
We’re working hard on being a major brand in the gaming community/industry for content creators, streamers, Esports & clothing as well! All I want for it in the future is a bright future where we can help people get noticed in the gaming industry/community & hopefully turn gaming into a job for people.
 
5.) What is one thing you learned that you think other org leaders should know about leadership?
 
What a lot of org leaders/management should know about leadership is to understand fully their people and their situations. Everyone goes through stuff and you have to understand and stand behind your people, take care of them & support them sometimes you have to put your brand on 2nd place and your people 1st.
 
6.) Why should free agents or potential future members consider your org?
 
Free agents and potential future members should know how much we care about our members, Esports players, content creators, streamers & management etc. We try to have a family vibe in the team, everyone is always standing up for each other, supporting and overall trying to grow each other. We have a lot of members that been here for a long run already and we always have spots open for people to really grow with a team apart from certain benefits we share or give our people!
 
7.) Is there a gaming or sports “celebrity” you wish you had in your org? 
 
No there is not a gaming or sports ”celebrity” that I wish we had in our org. I’m a strong believer on growing on your own power & hopefully creating some celebrity ourselves. Of course I wouldn’t say no to certain celebrity’s if we had a chance to acquire them to represent Aero Revolution.
 
8.) If you weren’t in gaming what would your dream job be?
 
Having a job in gaming always has been my dream since I was at a very young age so I really couldn’t think about any other dream job for me.
 
9.) When you aren’t online what are you passionate about?
 
I’m very passionate about clothing when I’m not online & always working on my organization their clothing line & hopefully my own personal clothing line in the future.
 
10.) The famous question! What animal would you be if you had the choice?
 
If I had a choice on what animal i could be i would pick a lion. I love lion’s also due me being born in August.

Interview with Sway Gaming

1.) How did you get your start with gaming?

Way back when, almost 30 years ago, my grandfather had an Atari and a original Nintendo. Playing Pong and then Super Mario.
 
2.) What have you learned offline that has helped you online? 
 
Good question. I guess just the way people take what you say online. Like you can say something offline to people that people online don’t get. People have different ways of interpreting things and what one way of saying something, may not be the way others do.
3.) What led you to create/found your gaming organization?
 
My passion for business is just one thing. I went to school (college) for business management, marketing, and advertisement. I wanted to start something different. Fun fact, it was just a few friends that started Sway. We did it as a Call of Duty clan back in 2011. I started doing Call of Duty competitions and traveled to some LANs under the Sway name. But in 2014 I had to stop since I became a father. I decided that I’ll merge what I wanted to do in life with owning a business and my love for video games into one. The rest is history now.
 
4.) What would you like the future of your gaming org to look like?
A place that everyone is happy being in. No judgement, everyone in the organization to have the ability to grow, and just having that family atmosphere. I mean granted, what org owner doesn’t want success in eSports or 100,000 followers? I’d love it. But I’m not necessarily worried about that. I’m more into changing the mold of what an organization does in gaming then going out and grabbing the BEST eSport teams for 5 minutes of “clout”.
 
5.) What is one thing you learned that you think other org leaders should know about leadership?
 
How to be smart. I’ve seen a LOT of organizations come and go. A lot of them get this instant boost of success and then disappear. To me, it’s because they threw all their chips into 1 small space and went for a do or die approach. Why? If you put your time into a brand that you made, why place all your chips in one spot? I’ve lead this org down so many paths, granted some were wrong ones, but you gotta know when to turn around. Some literally drive straight and that’s the only path they will go. Other org owners gotta take their time, make the right moves. Don’t drive straight all the time, eventually you’ll have no where else to go.
 
6.) Why should free agents or potential future members consider your org?
Honestly, hard to answer this question. In this day, so many people see followers as a reason. The ability to reach X amount of people. But that X follower number doesn’t mean they’re interested in you. I can say this. Future people wanting to join us, just know we ARE like a family. We DO support each other. We want the best for YOU and will help YOU get the best from YOURSELF. Don’t think an org is going to give you instant success. Don’t expect that. It’s a grind. No one walks into a job and instantly gets paid millions unless you’ve worked hard and are the best of the best. Free agents, if you don’t work hard, don’t expect to come here (to Sway) and instantly become pro.
 
7.) Is there a gaming or sports “celebrity” you wish you had in your org? 
 
Most will laugh at this but no, I don’t. Not one “celebrity”, not one major person in gaming would I want coming here. Not how I like to operate. I’d rather 1 smaller streamer or 1 unknown player or 1 community member, granted I’d take anyone currently in Sway over someone like Shroud or Nadeshot. Not saying they aren’t good people, but I’d rather watch someone become successful and watch Sway build up from those type of people than to bring someone in that already is successful. Doesn’t help us.
 
8.) If you weren’t in gaming what would your dream job be?
 
Um,  honestly I don’t know. I currently have a great job at the moment. Gaming and my organization is my secondary ordeal. Hopefully one day it becomes my primary BUT that’s a possibility in the future and it’s a “1 in a million” shot. My dream was to become apart of a major sports company like football or basketball. Management on a team.
 
9.) When you aren’t online what are you passionate about?
100% my daughter. She’s the best things that’s ever happened to me. If I’m not gaming, I’m either working my regular job, working on a new business plan for Sway or with her. Granted she takes away from Sway because she of course is my life.
 
10.) The famous question! What animal would you be if you had the choice?
 
Ahhh! My favorite animal is a monkey so I’m going to have to go with that. Be able to just chill out in the trees, do whatever, eat some bananas, and relax.

Interview with PDHM Gaming

 

1.) How did you get your start with gaming?

One of my earliest memories is of myself at maybe 4 or 5 years old sitting on my father’s lap as he was playing Duke Nukem on his computer in our old apartment. From then on I was hooked and the first game I played myself was Super Tennis on the SNES.

2.) What have you learned offline that has helped you online?

The principles that I was raised on such as pride, family, honor etc. but also my work ethic. I have always pushed to achieve my goals and to never settle or become compliant. I also work as a construction manager outside of the organization and that helps me immensely with my organizational and logistical skills as well as leadership in a whole.

3.) What led you to create/found your gaming organization?

I found myself alone playing Battlefield 3 back in 2011 and desired companionship and to play with like minded people. Battlefield 3 had a feature back then called “battlelog” and “platoons” that allowed us to create a structured gaming environment and the rest is history.

4.) What would you like the future of your gaming org to look like?

We strive to push the envelope and never rest; I don’t think we could ever settle or decide one day that enough is enough, so winning world titles and becoming a streetwear brand is absolutely on our plate and with the success of achieving a Pro Gears of War team we are certainly on our way.

5.) What is one thing you learned that you think other org leaders should know about leadership?

I believe that leadership is much more than an iron fist, through my work experiences leading people and my experience within PDHM I have found that one should strive for the love, respect and admiration of your people and not to be feared. I can safely say that these guys that have been with me the longest would do anything for me because they know I would do anything for them. I am in charge of 200 people on a job site and 500 people in our Org and community, I try my best to know everyone on a first name basis and if you think you are better than that you should humble yourself because you are not that important.

6.) What was the hardest thing you have had to do as a leader? How did you manage it?

At first having to deal with situations that involved removing toxic people or “problem” people were very difficult for me. Eventually it became easier and you realize along the way that it is for the better because although you might want to keep that one person on board, they could very well be affecting 20 whom want to leave because of them.

7.) Is there a gaming or sports “celebrity” you wish you had in your alliance?

Although I’m sure he is everyone’s go to, honestly the only person I can think of would be Hector Rodriguez, I would love to be able to speak with him and pick that guys brain for a while.

8.) If you weren’t in gaming what would your dream job be?

MMA fighter, Artist (Painter), Musician, Professional Surfer or a Blacksmith

9.) When you aren’t online what are you passionate about?

Painting, Music, Whiskey, Cigars, History, World Cultures, Surfing

10.) The famous question! What animal would you be if you had the choice?

I would have to say a Gorilla probably, they seem to be strong leaders and always protect their group.

Interview with Smellters, Creator of the Month

1.) How long have you been a gamer/streamer?

I’ve been a gamer since my earliest days on the original Nintendo. Started streaming March 2019

2.) Favorite game you have played?

Oooh man there’s so many good games. My favorite series is mass effect 1-3. My favorite individual game is probably The Last Of Us.

3.) What do you do when you aren’t creating content?

Spend time with my wife or family. Play with my dog. Sleep. Whatever passes the time

4.) What’s the next big thing/game you want to be involved with?

I’m really big into mental health. I want to create a podcast focusing on all of our struggles. I also want to run a charity stream for mental health charities.

5.) What’s 1 thing people don’t know about you that you’d want them to know?

I mean nothing crazy. I’m very open with my audience. I guess just know that I love you 🙂

6.) What’s the most challenging part about gaming/streaming?

Watching numbers and not getting discouraged. I know people say don’t number watch but it’s hard not to especially when our numbers determine our income and our future in this business.

7.) Who is your favorite person to watch? Why?

Right now I’m big on Stonemountain64. I just love how he has made Facebook gaming his home and I like how interactive he is with the community.

8.) Does your significant other/partner/family member ever play or watch with you?

Absolutely not unfortunately. I wish my wife supported this dream but she doesn’t. She respects me enough to let me do it but will not get involved with it.

9.) If you could be great at something other than streaming/gaming what would it be?

Great question. I always wished I had continued playing football and would have played in College.

10.) If you could be any animal which would it be and why?

A silverback gorilla. Its my favorite animal and they have a huge pack mentality and will literally fight and die for their pack.

Interview with Mr. E of Brutal Democracy

1.) Tell us a little about your journey into gaming?

I started gaming at a very young age, I’d say 5 or 6 was when my dad first introduced me to the Super Nintendo.

Fell IN LOVE with Mario games. Ever since then, gaming became a hobby of mine that I loved. Around the age of 8-10, I was introduced into Super Smash Bros. Melee by a friend of mine and instantly fell in love with the game.

I still loved playing outside so it wasn’t something I got too invested in at the time, but around 12-13 I was introduced to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. From another friend of mine, and since then was when I got super invested in the game. 

 

2.) What is your best gaming memory?

My best memory so far I’d have to say is when I beat ZeRo at Evo 2016 in Super Smash Bros for Wii U. ZeRo was the number 1 player at the time, that event was the biggest of its time and I made it happen. Was very proud of it because it was something I wanted to prove to myself that I could do for a while. I don’t think anything passes that on the scale yet.

 

 3.) What has been your biggest challenge with your content?

My biggest challenge so far with content creation I’d have to say was finding motivation and consistency.

Sometimes it’s hard to brainstorm an idea or something for your channel, sometimes it doesn’t come for a while either. One day I just felt like a light bulb turned on with a bunch of ideas for my channel and what I wanted to base my content around. At this time, I wrote down as much as I could while in this moment and just promised myself to get them done and stay on the road.

I think maximizing what you do when you’re in these little moments of motivation/passion is key, and trying your best to not dwell too long on the times when you aren’t feeling too hot. 

 

4.) What is the next big game you’re looking forward to?

As far as looking forward to a next big game, I’m honestly not too sure. Smash Bros is pretty much my gaming life and has been for the longest, and we don’t get a new game for at least a few years.

However I recently did become a fan of Fire Emblem which is where the character I use in smash “Lucina” comes from! I played the most recent game “Fire Emblem Three Houses” Recently and LOVED it. So whenever the next game comes out, I will definitely be looking forward to that!

 

5.) What is one piece of advice you would want other content creators to know that you found out too late about or wished you knew earlier?

I would say, it’s great to care about quality over quantity and I still base my content around that, however, because I thought that way I missed out on a bunch of traction that I could have possibly brought to my channel and videos due to me being stubborn about that around the beginning of SSBU’s release.

Try and do your best with what you have over be too nit-picky! You can miss out on a lot. 

 

6.) If you weren’t doing what you currently were doing, what would you want to be involved with?

If I was not gaming or creating content, I would probably be trying to get involved in some type of sport. I loved competing ever since I could remember, so I might have been involved with track, basketball or something like that! 

 

7.) Do you game with family or friends? How do they support what you do?

I don’t really game with my family at all really anymore, but I used to game with my dad when I was younger. He has supported me and was the one to take me to these gaming tournaments in the first place! I used to game with my friends too, but now it’s all pretty much just down to business for me.

I don’t really game for fun anymore although I do consider a bunch of competitors friends of mine and I do have fun competing. 

 

8.) What game are you absolutely terrible at or struggle to play?

There’s honestly no game that I feel I really suck at if I learn how to play it! It’s extremely hard to say. I have no idea how to play league of legends though and I’m super confused on how to play it so, I’m sure I suck at that! 

 

9.) When you aren’t online what are you passionate about?

I’m starting to really take pride in my physical health, as far as exercising and just eating healthy. Making sure that you’re putting good things into your body. It’s super super important! 

 

10.) The famous question! What animal would you be if you had the choice?

If I could be any animal… Maybe a monkey! They just seem cool, smart and very sociable. Always seem like they’re chilling!