07 May 2013
I finally had a bit of time to recover, sit down, and write at my keyboard.
It's pretty hard to figure out where to start, with such a well received and exciting event as this - so I'll just roll through the thoughts swirling in my head. I've got many people to thank, and many more who I'm probably going to forget to mention that deserve just as much credit for their hard work and efforts over the course of the last few months.
LAN Admin Team: (left to right) Blood, Mayo, Kinkz, Stemz, Bella, Spud & Lotus
Almost 5 months ago saw the origins of what we as a community have experienced and enjoyed over the past week or so. After running consecutive online competition events for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, SYF GAMING was tapped lightly on the shoulder by a few friendly faces at Team eXile5. This is where the rabbit hole started, and in following such led us on a wonderful journey to where we are today.
The concept was simple; how to best cater to a well matured community of competitive gamers, who've seen years of battle in a game that many think is showing it's age. Six years ago Call of Duty 4 was released, who would have thought we'd still be playing it today?
After a drought of major competitions, a fellow by the name of Craig 'Arseynimz' Nimmo truly stepped up to the plate. A great man brought with him incredible offerings for a community begging for a reason to continue to play. With the pounding of his mechanical keyboard and mobile phone going off the hook, last year saw back to back National titles for the game - the eSports community responded with unprecedented support.
It was obvious, smacking us hard in the face as a wake up call. The Australian and New Zealand community for Call of Duty 4 is phenomenal, and deserves proper support as a major staple of eSport competition in this country.
Competing Team "auRa": (left to right) Missy, Aztek, Mark, Toxic & Dealy