In the build up to i43 I sit down with Comedian, previoulsy of TF2TV, now of VanillaTV.
In the last few weeks there has been a staff shuffle; Shox is going to pass his role as ‘right-hand-man’ over to the floor manager, Leftism. Comedian has faught to maintain the Open Mic project, he explains the importance of the constant hunt for new talent and this sentiment is reflected too in VTF2’s open call for writers.
Most importantly this week sees the preparations for Multiplay’s i43, the biggest eSport gathering and LAN party in the UK. VanillaTV are going to be bringing the fource of four men and hope to introduce Cheerfuls, previously seen in StartCraft audiences and a unique promo item.
VanillaTV stands as proof that a lot can happen in 3 weeks. The eSport community is pumped so full of dedicated and inspired people it can seem that they’ve each crammed 50+ hours into every day. Since our last conversation, Byte (lead vtv developer) and his team have been working hard to realise the dream of a single location for all the TF2 comp matches to be seen.
While it takes a huge cast to get this show running, Byte sees his crew as filling four core group roles, with a special fifth catagory for Torden alone.
Floormanager – looks after casters/web posts/on the day, ensuring everything happens where it should (leftism). Directors (or Streamers) – the cameramen who present the feed for each show. Casters – a strict policy of quality is maintained on main casters and co-casters. News/Article posters – able to pump out the bulk of the site news and written posts (Atrox, Trell, Torden, Shox). Designers – a role for Torden.
They have been able to stamp their brand on the feeds through use of a customised HUD and bring to life some nifty site features such as the VOD archive and the Streaming plugin.
New public servers are their gift back to the comp world. A place for players from around the world to hang out and practise their DM skills.
In this our first show with Torden of VanillaTF2.org we take it nice and slow. Torden shares the stories of how he came to Team Fortress 2 and how, in turn, VanillaTF2 started. Given the respectability of the site in covering competative TF2, it seemed almost inevitable that VanillaTF2 would want to start their own shoutcasting site. Rather than starting from scratch Torden looked to TF2TV.com to provide this solution. The two sites merged and VanillaTV was born.
The merged sites required a rehash of the VanillaTF2 site. Running on WordPress, a number of features have been added and customised to allow news and scores to be linked directly to shoutcasted events. It’s not just the site that’s seen a rethink. OWN3D has been dropped in favour of JustinTV’s new games broadcasting group, TwitchTV.
There are more projects that Torden thinks VanillaTV could be associated with. He chats about a few that are on the radar at the moment and hints and what could be in store for the future.