Thank you GosuGamers Pt.1

I will no longer be writing for GosuGamers in a permanent capacity. For those of you guys in the know, this was a long time coming. I just wasn’t able to produce consistent content because 1. I don’t have time to write articles everyday 2. I’m currently working on some scene related things which occupies so much of my time.

But nonetheless, I would like to thank GosuGamers for everything they have allowed me to experience. I entered the scene as an untested and unknown personality, who has never written a published work in my life. They gave me a platform for the community to see what I could do and allow me to grow into my role in the scene.

My last work was supposed to be this overarching “Goodbye Gosu” article, but I really didn’t know when I was going to be leaving. The article would have been a memoir of everything I had done in the industry up to the point and have some idea looking forward.

Unfortunately, the article probably won’t come to fruition. But this medium post hopefully will give you guys some insight onto my life and times as Scr1be the Writer.

The People You Meet

I’ve met many of my best friends through Gosu. My first interaction with Gosu was through my oldest friend in the scene, Robert ‘Hexagrams’ Kirkbride. Oddly enough, I think he’s the first person in the Overwatch community I gave my phone number to. Hex was instrumental in my growth. He acted often times as a parental figure, who guided me through some of the rocky phases of my growth. He took the time to show me my opinions weren’t all garbage and to take pride in what I did.

When I took my hiatus to work out some of my own personal flaws, he was the first person to check in and offered some advice. In a way, Hex has always been my idol in the scene, but I’ve never really had the opportunity to show it. There’s an interview I had with him on Inside the Esports Studio, which I never published but I think it was one of the best inside looks I ever got. Maybe one day, once we both leave the scene, I’ll put it online.

I also met Shane “Dvexx” Waters and Harsha “Harsha” Bandi. The first time I talked to Dvexx was through Twitch Chat, but I think the first time I really interacted with him was covering a story. The story was about an organization who was in payment disputes with their players. The story actually evolved to the point where there may have been lawyers involved. Luckily, the situation resolved itself, and the story was never released. Dvexx has since become a very close confidant and friend. Despite his busy schedule admining the numerous GG tournaments in both OW and HOTS, he has found the time to literally backpack me to platinum.

The Harsha part of the story is a little more interesting. Harsha first got his start writing for Gosugamers. Initially, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about him. He produced good content, was pretty knowledgeable about everything, and lifted weights. Our first actual conversation was about Smash. Harsha has since become probably one of the leading voices in Overwatch from a journalism and content point of view. It really makes me proud to see the growth from where he started and where he is now. I say proud, as if I had a role to play in his development, but in reality I probably didn’t. Harsha achieved much of what he accomplished through hard work and dedication, and I will always admire him for it. My biggest regret is him not coming to Blizzcon 2016. That’s another story.

Of course, there are many other people at Gosu, who I don’t mention here. (Tim, Couchor, ZP, Peggy, Alana, Robb, Nick, Jason, and Victor) All of you had a role in where I am today, and I will forever cherish it.

Now, this feel good piece isn’t done yet, but I’ll end this part with a note:

Gosugamers changed my life in almost ridiculous ways. I met my heroes. I met potentially the girl of my dreams (spoiler: I’m not going to tell you who it is). I became someone. For anyone who feels like they aren’t able to pursue their esports dreams, think again. My story shouldn’t be thought of as a success story, but instead as a story of someone who was able to realize part of his dream. All because someone took a chance on someone in Twitch chat.

Next Time: The Places You Will Go (specifically Blizzcon 2016)

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