Category Org Leader Interviews

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 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 Revibes, Owner/CEO of Gonzo Gaming

1.) How did you get your start with gaming?
I have been a gamer all my life starting out with Gameboy & Nintendo 64 and growing to love console gaming as I grew older. I found my true love for the gaming community when I was 10 and playing MMORPGs like Star Wars Galaxies & World Of Warcraft – as I got even older I moved into more FPS games with my buddies like Halo & Call Of Duty.

Once I got hooked on Multiplayer my passion for competitive gaming followed soon after and I found myself dominating public matches as well as GameBattles ladders. At the time there were no real gaming careers, leagues, or path forward for me to see and so it remained more of a hobby to me than anything else.

2.) What have you learned offline that has helped you online?
I enjoy being a social person & interacting with people from all walks of life and all over the world – gaming can provide such an incredible level of connectivity that coming into it with a growth mindset and wanting to make friends helped me grow a community of my own and not only interact with others, but learn from them and also be able to provide them with some of the knowledge & insights I have gained through my years as well.
I also have a lot of experience in marketing & branding and truly love to help others realize the potential to make their gaming or content creation a full-blown career since I was never able to make that a reality for myself when I was younger.
3.) What led you to create/found your gaming organization?
After the startup company I was working for had to lay off a number of employee’s due to funding & product issues in 2018 I was left with no job but still a massive hunger to get involved in the esports & content creation world.
The incredible growth and success Twitch, YouTube, and esports was seeing really validated the industry to me. I felt that with my business & startup experience I could help bridge the gap between the business & gaming world and help younger members of the community realize their own potential within it.
So while I hunted for a new career path I figured there wold be no better time to try and create an organization of my own.
 
4.) What would you like the future of your gaming org to look like?
Ultimately I want to see Gonzo Gaming become a lifestyle brand bigger than just gaming – something akin to 100Thieves & Faze Clan. I not only want to see success in competitive accomplishments & content creation, but also in entrepreneurship, charity, and personal growth.
I emphasize physical & mental fitness to all our members and the importance of shaping & developing a personal brand that carries weight beyond the online world and into their daily lives.
Life is about balance & you’ll find the best in the industry have found ways to master that balance and take care of themselves and those around them while maintaining their careers – and building those habits & that mindset early on is crucial to long-term success.
 
5.) What is one thing you learned that you think other org leaders should know about leadership?
There is no substitute for time & everyone is on their own path. So many people want to blow up and become the next big thing, but they don’t acknowledge all the hard work that has to go into that kind of growth behind the scenes.

Every win is built on top of a graveyard of losses & lessons. Setbacks are inevitable, but the more important thing is what we take from them and how we grow.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing one’s growth to others – whether its friends, other organizations, streams, etc. — but there is no value in that. Instead, we should be supportive and cheer one another on while continuing to focus on what is within our own control to change & improve. Build bridges & your network and you will find you’re not only happier, but others will want to do the same for you.

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

There is certainly a number of material benefits to joining depending upon what you bring to the table as a competitive player or creator, but speaking more broadly we provide an incredible community & family environment.

We are a close-knit community & we pride ourselves on authenticity. Everyone has different kinds of content they produce, games they play & compete in, and come from incredibly diverse walks of life. We hold each other accountable, but love to have fun. You might be challenged on some things you say or do, but it all comes from a place of love. Its truly a place we want all to feel welcome & able to call home.

Even though there are disagreements & differing viewpoints we can respect the rights of each other to hold those and know at the end of the day that we all have one another’s back.
 
7.) Is there a gaming or sports “celebrity” you wish you had in your org? 
Not really. It’s more a matter of finding someone that would fit in and aligns with our vision. I feel like at this point in the industry any ‘celebrity’ would expect to be treated as such & we’re less interested in that and more interested in building our community up.
I’d wager that a couple of our current members will end up making it big and I hope to help be a driver for them to do that.
 
8.) If you weren’t in gaming what would your dream job be?
Marketing for a gaming company or brand.
 
9.) When you aren’t online what are you passionate about?
Entrepreneurship, my amazing girlfriend & life partner, personal growth, and community! Basically all the same things I am passionate about online. I guess you could throw history under this as I am a BIG history buff.
 
10.) The famous question! What animal would you be if you had the choice?
That’s tough to answer… it might be cliche but I think a wolf. I can absolutely survive on my own but I truly thrive in a team environment. Similar to a pack – I know what role I need to play and trust others to do their part.
I also have the ability to coexist & care for others just as many wolves have been conditioned to do with humans and other animals, but the underlying wild side still exists.