The #LongGrass :: Week 14
Hello and welcome to the fourteenth addition of Enter the #LongGrass brought to you by 8-12Hz.
This week we are joined by ‘Fatal1Tim’ member of the VwS Gaming management team.
Tell us a bit about yourself, and what got you into gaming.
Hi there, my name is Tim, I’ve been writing about sport for nearly a decade ago, and got into gaming with Reign initially, about 18 months ago. I’d been interested in the scene for a long time, and it was seeing Samox’s Smash Bros film that inspired me to get more involved.
You are very passionate about Smash, what pulled you into this thriving scene?
Luck really, at the same time I was growing more interested Matt (Reign and VwS COO) was looking to build a Smash team, and brought me in to help run it and write about it. Obviously I never expected to work with players like Professor Pro straight off, so it was a real bonus.
With major organizations getting involved in Smash not too long ago and now larger companies are planning on investing in the scene, how do you feel this will benefit Smash in terms of eSports?
I go back and forth on this, sometimes I think the likes of C9 and EG are good for the scene, at others that they’re just trying to be a part of the zeitgeist. My own experience has taught me Smash, and Melee in particular is much harder to create revenue from than traditional games like DOTA and LOL, so overall I’m not convinced it will go much further for that game. However, in eSports terms, Melee has already proven it can support itself, so it’s not really a problem.
With being a writer in the eSports industry what scenes interest you and what do you see yourself getting involved with in the near future?
Honestly, the games industry interests me a huge amount, and I also find the intricacies of the way League is run fascinating, even if I don’t play the game. Things like ELO boosting and the control Riot has are really interesting factors and topics regardless of the game itself.
With being a primary factor with VwS Smash (focused in the UK-EU), how do you think the UK Smash scene has developed within the past year?
The expansion in the UK has been huge over recent months, but we’ve got a long way to go yet. I’d say Prof is the best player this country has produced (with a tiny edge over peak Fuzzyness) and he is currently 4th in EU behind the established big three, which shows how hard it is to break out. Still, as a market and nation England has all that is needed to support a bigger scene if the people running things can reach the right level.
Do you have any shout outs?
Only really to the team, and all the people we’ve worked with so far. Guys like Willz and GP, although the former has left, are crucial to the strength of their local scene, and of course Prof and Fuzzy have taught me a massive amount about the game too.
Where can the fans find you i.e. social media links etc?
On the twitters I’m @fatal1tim, and you can read my work on VwS site and at eSportsHeaven, where I am an editor and writer.