SpeedRun Arena

For what feels like the tenth time in the past week (it’s actually only the fourth time in the past week), I went back to Esports Arena to cover an event – this time, SpeedRun Arena with one of Tempo Storm’s broadcast personalities, Trihex.

Of course, I don’t go to things unless I’m being productive, so I have a photo album of the full Speedrun Arena event. Here are some highlights:

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I’m also filming video footage for this event as well; I’ll be editing all that together into a vlog over the next day or so, and post a link to it here when it’s ready.

Edit: I’m done editing, and the vlog is up – check it out embedded below, or on Tempo Storm’s Twitch channel.

 

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Boomers! with Hearthstone players

After the Hearthstone Esports Superstars event from the past two days, I went along with the players and Esports Arena to Boomers!, an amusement center with activities like mini golf, go-karts, laser tag, and arcade games. Although I didn’t participate in anything, I snapped a ton of photos of the event, and they’re up now on my Flickr account.

You can check out the full Boomers! album by clicking here, and you can view some of the highlights below:

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Hearthstone Esports Superstars

It’s been a good 1+ month since my last event, and I’ve had a chance to relax and recover for a while, so for the past few days, I decided to attend the Hearthstone Esports Superstars event at Esports Arena in Santa Ana, CA.

There were a handful of Tempo Storm Hearthstone players in attendance, so I did some photography work while I was there. You can click here if you want to check out the full photo album on Flickr; I’ve also included some highlights below.

Stage - Competition area and gameplay screen

Caster desk

reynad's first match

reynad on stage

 

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Tempo Storm on esports and professional gaming

So they decided to put our panel on the upper-most floor of the convention center in the theater furthest away from the entrance, such that nobody could ever accidentally come to our talk. But hey, there were still a lot of people in the audience anyway.

CoolCat Theater at TwitchCon 2017

Although the talk was mislabeled as the Tempo Storm Meta Snapshot on the broadcast (which was going to be the previous topic of our talk, but we ended up changing it to be more generic), the rest of it went pretty well. We actually didn’t really prepare for it much together; I threw together an introduction, then left things open so we could adapt to what the audience wanted.

After overcoming a few problems (such as reynad’s previous meeting running late and Eloise not being able to find the theater), things actually went pretty smoothly. I passed it onto the other speakers after I did my introduction, and we did basically did an extended and in-depth Q&A about Tempo Storm and the business side of esports, which is what the audience seemed to want.

I determined that the best way to gauge our panel’s success is by measuring how much I had to talk – if I had to talk a lot, there was a problem, but if I didn’t have to talk, it meant our panelists were doing well and were engaging with the audience. I barely had to talk at all, and only ended up answering just a few questions relevant to me, so I deem our panel a decent success.

I’m not sure how this is going to be archived, and I may come back to this blog post in the future to edit the embedded video to ensure it doesn’t link to something that gets auto-deleted by Twitch due to age, but for now, here is a VOD of the panel:

 

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TwitchCon 2017 prep, day 3

It's happening

… but I don’t think we’re quite ready yet

TwitchCon 2017 Prep, Day 3

We ended up doing big tasks on each day, but I think we sort of underestimated just how difficult all the smaller tasks would be. Now that our final full day is over and all we have left for preparation is the morning of the first day of the convention, I’m realizing that the tedious tasks actually take a whole lot longer than the tasks that everyone would assume would be harder.

All our merchandise shipments are in and we mostly have everything set up, but the final polish is taking some time. I actually ended up leaving sort of on time, but our merchandising director stayed back later to get even more work done on our booth.

Today was also the day that most people came into Long Beach, and convention badge pick-up started today, so the outside of the convention center was pretty busy, putting additional pressure on us due to the fact that the start of the convention now feels much more salient.

TwitchCon 2017 Prep, Day 3

This is our first time running an exhibitor booth at a convention, and my background when it comes to events is hosting them as a broadcast personality instead of actually taking care of all the logistics of how the event should work, so I’m sort of new to this and this has been a pretty good learning experience for all of us. I’m also a speaker at the panel, so this isn’t the only thing that I’ll be doing, so I still have some ways to go before I can call this TwitchCon a success.

 

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TwitchCon 2017 prep, day 2

Today wasn’t quite as productive as yesterday, because the only thing we really had planned was to receive a shipment from Red Bull.

No, the shipment wasn’t only just Red Bull beverage … Red Bull’s offices in Santa Monica agreed to help us liven up our booth a bit by letting us borrow their Killer Queen arcade machines.

TwitchCon 2017 prep, day 2

After we received the shipment, we also set up our Red Bull refrigerator and wired up some stuff in the background to make sure everything would be powered properly. We also needed some more stuff to get everything set up, so we stopped by a hardware store, and tacked on a trip to Costco Wholesale.

Costco is known for their amazing food, but I actually had never been to one before because my parents always had a membership to Sam’s Club (which is very similar to Costco, and is a competitor). Our merchandising director had a membership to Costco, so I was able to go inside, try out all the samples, then eat one of their famous cheap hot dogs.

TwitchCon 2017 prep, day 2

The quality of the food wasn’t over-the-top or anything, but it was very good. However, what does make the whole thing over-the-top is the fact that it’s so cheap – it only cost US$1.50 for a hot dog and a drink with unlimited refills, which is probably the best deal I’ve ever seen for a hot dog.

We have one more day of set-up left tomorrow, then a few hours in the morning before convention day on the 20th. A lot of this is being done on-the-fly as we go, but it’s looking like our exhibitor booth is going to end up pretty nice.

 

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TwitchCon 2017 prep, day 1

The marathon begins.

TwitchCon 2017 Prep, Day 1

I was the first one around the convention center today from Tempo Storm to scout out the area. I explored the convention center and snapped some photos as I went. I’m not exactly sure how much of the Long Beach Convention Center is going to be used for TwitchCon, but it was actually pretty big.

TwitchCon 2017 Prep, Day 1

I thought I was early, but apparently, the construction crew has been at it already for a while now, because everything was set up inside and ready for us to get started. We’re booth #437 towards the back-center of the exhibitor area. Our Merchandising Director Ryan Wagner stopped by a bit later to help out; we spent today erecting our custom walls (because we didn’t even realize that Twitch would be providing us with these walls that you see in the top-right photo.

TwitchCon 2017 Prep, Day 1

They also set up a lot of the Twitch Partner Lounge as well. Apparently, the mobile game Arena of Valor is sponsoring the Partner Lounge, and it’s basically a restaurant that is normally inside the convention center, but is being taken over to be a partners-only area. The rest of the convention center wasn’t air conditioned because most of the garage panels were open to the outside for moving in equipment, but the Partner Lounge was nice and cool, so I snuck in here to relax after I discovered it was open.

TwitchCon 2017 Prep, Day 1

And of course, it wouldn’t be a real blog post nowadays without some food photos. I went out with our merchandising director and executive assistant for lunch, and got myself a burger. Our executive assistant got herself a massive salad that probably had more calories than my burger.

I’m lodging in Huntington Beach (which is nearby Long Beach), and I went to a place called Sushi on Fire for dinner. I got a refreshing roll upon recommendation by our executive assistant (which was a good choice, but it had too many lemon peels which I personally thought sort of conflicted with the rich sushi flavor), as well as a magic mountain (which was a lot more food than I thought it would be).

TwitchCon 2017 Prep, Day 1

 

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Tempo Storm HotS is going to BlizzCon

So remember how our Heroes of the Storm team went 3-0 on yesterday’s segment of the gauntlet? It happened again today, and now they’re going to BlizzCon 2017.

Prior to the games, I had some more sushi. Both because I really like sushi, and because there weren’t really any other places open. Our boot camp is happening at Red Bull in Santa Monica, and this area is surrounded by offices. Seeing as today is Sunday and almost nobody works on Sunday, the food trucks and restaurants nearby don’t even bother opening because there aren’t enough people around to make it worth it, so we actually had to walk a decent distance in order to even find food.

Sushi

Now that the gauntlet is over and the team is headed to the global championship, we’ll be headed out to celebrate with some all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue and some games at an arcade. I’ll obviously be filming and taking photos, and hopefully I’ll be able to cut together a vlog for it; more on that in the next handful of days.

It doesn’t stop here though. I get a few days off to take a break and catch up on work, then I’m right back at it with more events and convention preparation. Next up is a quick Tempo Storm staff gathering, followed by more boot camps and setting up for conventions.

Edit: It took a bit longer than I had hoped, but the vlog is finally here – check out the video for our team’s adventures at Round1 Bowling & Amusement.

 

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