Singapore Teamliquid Meetup

If you love Starcraft and you don’t know Teamliquid.net you should be ashamed.

StarCraft is one of the most famous computer games out there. Being 10 years old you would think that nobody plays this game anymore, but you would be surprised with the huge fan base that it has part of which Korea played a big role. E-Sports being a huge thing in Korea, StarCraft became one of the most celebrated games there. With it’s deep strategic play and exciting maneuvers, StarCraft has reached a high level of popularity in Korea for the past 7-8 years.

Teamliquid on the other hand started as a website in 2002. A bunch of passionate players, Teamliquid is now the most authoritative and popular StarCraft news site outside of Korea. With great content and passionate members it has become the best source of anything StarCraft.

I have been frequenting Teamliquid since 2004-2005 (can’t really remember) and it has been that long already! I always go back to watch amazing VODs (video on demand) of StarCraft tournaments as well as the ‘General’ news that either makes me laugh or think or both.

Background aside, Teamliquid had its first Singapore meetup. This was brought about by Konadara with the push of FakeSteve (a TL mod) moving to Singapore for work. I wouldn’t want to miss this as I always laughed so much at FakeSteve’s “art” that I wanted to meet the man behind the jpgs made in MSPaint. He also got a couple of surprises which I thought were Razer mice as he works for Razer. Not bad as he got Idra, a StarCraft progamer and Artosis, a StarCraft commentator and overall cool guy to come down to Singapore all the way from South Korea. All hell broke lose as I never watched an in-person game before. It was just amazing. I would’ve challenged them if it was a few years back (even though I’ll be raped sideways) but it was just a great experience to watch experts play. It’s so different from the telly.

It was a great experience seeing them play. Twas just amazing for a geek like me.

FakeSteve and his crotch grabin. We shouted nerds in this pic

Hanging out with these guys, I gained a new found appreciation for the game, community involvement and overall passion for anything you do in life. I can’t believe that Idra was just 19 years old and basically jumped to Korea to play StarCraft professionally. Artosis doing commentating for games and loving it and FakeSteve working for Razer and being involved in the gaming community. How fun can that job be!

I know there are a lot of progamers out there but it was great being able to pick these guys’ brain and why they dedicate so much of their time for Starcraft. Their passion for the community and the game is just amazing and I can’t believe at how much knowledge and understanding they have for StarCraft. The depth and analysis that they have just blew my mind.

Not all of us would of course dedicate their lives for a game but what I took from these guys is the idea that dedication and passion is very important. That our lives would be more exciting if we find something that we enjoy doing and pursue it like it’s nobody’s business.

Thanks to Konadora for organizing and all the guys that I met that night. It might be a sausage fest but it was a damn fun one.

TeamLiquid fighting!

~Eugene

Visit http://teamliquid.net and more pics and discussion on the meetup http://www.teamliquid.net/blogs/viewblog.php?topic_id=96959

All pics taken by TL members. thanks guys!


Marketing in the Social Age [SG event]

Attended my first “social media” event last Monday. It was more of a convenience as the event was held just a level down.

A lot of us has been hearing social media events where everything is organized via Twitter or Facebook. Marketing in the Social Age is one such event.

With main speaker Willy Foo (a renowned photographer in SG) we were up for a night of informational “marketing in the social age”

Speakers were

  • Willy Foo (@willyfoo)
  • Joe Augustin (@JoeAugustin) <- wasn’t present
  • Keith Nakamura (@Sillikat)
  • Derrick Koh (@derrickkoh70)
  • Willy Lim (@willylim)

Quite  a diverse crowd and I was excited to hear what they have to share.

Willy Foo started with an overview of social media and how it is affecting us. Numbers from different social media sites and countries were also presented. Then the agony began. It was off to a good start but I think Willy talked too much about Facebook and it’s small intricacies. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the only one who felt it as others were tweeting about the bad experience and you can see some of attendees leaving early. I did gain a lot of insight from his experiments and would like to hear more. Willy is such an inventive guy as he does a lot of experiments with Facebook (and for sure other social media outlets). Other than that I wish he didn’t take the whole session as he spent more than two hours talking (quite unbelievable if you ask me) but you can really feel his passion and I hope to hear more talks from him.

Up next was Keith Nakamura from Microsoft, I personally know Keith and it’s interesting how he did his talk. Microsoft being portrayed as an evil empire isn’t always bad and he used this to his advantage. Good work Keith! You won a few fans that night! You can check out what he shared during that night here: Singapore Windows 7 Experience Group

Derrick Koh from Lenevo shared their experience with social media and how it his helping some of his sales people. Quite interesting how social media is helping big companies such as Microsoft and Lenevo.

Willy Lim from NetProfitQuest shared how they are helping SMEs engage social media engines. Some reactions were quite negative but I learned a lot from him. Fundamentals is the key!

The night was topped off with a panel discussion and some questions were raised. A good ending for the night as people tweeted their reactions and questions with the use of TwitterFall.

Overall, the first event of Marketing in the Social Age wasn’t that spectacular but for sure they will improve in the next one. I’ll be there and would be happy to here from you guys again.

You can join their Facebook group here: Marketing in the Social Age

See you in the next event!

~Eugene