WGL Interview Oli 'Acid' Sellors
|Writer Karra at 2012-05-12 at 11:02 PM||1|
WGL (Warped Gaming League) recently interviewed Oli 'Acid' Sellors about his history in gaming, and what it currently means to him.
Post i45, I've had the pleasure of catching up with ProphAcid after their spectacular win against TCM in the finals. The question is, just who is ProphAcid and what on earth does he do?
Thanks for agreeing to this interview post i45. Just for our amazing readers, can you introduce yourself?
“Hey Alexis, thanks for doing this to. My name’s Oliver Sellors, in February I turned 22, and I live in the best place in the UK, Manchester J. Work full time for my family business and have done ever since I was 16, as I left school after my GCSE’s.”
Just for those who don’t know you, what exactly is it that you do?
“I’ve been involved in the competitive gaming scene now pretty much around the time I started working full time, so about 5 years. Have been involved with many organisations, and worked my way to where I am today.
For the past 18 months I’ve been working and running the day-to-day business of Infused Interactive (www.infused-interactive.net). This is a company in which I run with the owner Andrew, who showed me a whole new level to the business side of the gaming industry when I began to work with him. Infused Interactive is a consultancy based company which works with companies who want to get involved in the eSports industry itself, and we can work with them directly, or through the use of the 3 brands we own (Team Infused, Infused Cups, and the newly found Prophecy”
How did you get in to competitive gaming?
“I pretty much got in to the competitive side of gaming when I first got my Xbox 360. I had always seen competitive gaming on the PC prior to this, but didn’t know anything about it. Before I got in to management I had all the time in the world after work, so I used to enjoy playing games such as Rainbow 6:Vegas with friends online, and competing on the likes of Gamebattles as that was pretty much all there was back then. When CoD4 was released, this was my first time playing this CoD series, and I started playing it with players from Rainbow 6, one of them being Gunshy who now plays for Prophecy, and is known for being one of the best players on the game (Wish I carried on playing sometimes)”
Was becoming a project and marketing manager something you thought you would be doing right from the start?
“I started off small and worked my way up over the years. I normally advise a lot of people to start by doing content writing for an organisation so they can learn the scene properly from a business side, but I personally started off in management straight from a Console Manager. I always knew I wanted to work hard to gain more recognition for what I did, but never knew where it’d actually get me in terms of my job title today. Marketing was always something I’ve done even outside of gaming, as it seemed to be something I naturally enjoyed and understood greatly. ‘Project’ is used purely for the business element, what this actually means to a gamer is that I’m pretty much the team manager, as these are what we’d call our projects. With this I personally work with the teams to help them develop in all aspects, overlook the team media and run it in some areas, plus other bits on the side.
So what’s your favourite thing about LAN events?
“I’d say I have a couple things I really enjoy about LAN event’s. The obvious one being that I love the fact I get to see old friends and meet new faces, and I generally get on with most people so it’s good. I also enjoy seeing the improvements every event, which LAN companies make in order to make the experience more enjoyable.
Which has been your favourite so far?
“Being able to travel to LANs around the UK, parts of Europe and even to places like America then I could name a couple I really enjoyed. The highlight of my LAN attendance has to be MLG Providence, 2011 National Championships with the Team Infused MW3 team (Now the Prophecy squad). It really was a step above the rest I have attended, but it was expected to be honest, and I can’t wait to be able to get back out there again.”
You can read the full interview here; http://thewgl.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=855:prophacid-talks-gaming-business
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