My reflections on 2 years
Today OMGeek turns 2 years old and as I think about what to write, I’m actually transported even further back in time when I first met James and Jed. On the internet. Yes that’s how all of this started. This was over a decade or so ago and although I never actually met or knew them in meatspace, we still managed to keep in touch and stay connected through the wonderful enabler that is the internet and our passion for videogames which negated the distance of two countries.
We were always avid FPS gamers and organised our own clans throughout the years, starting from Day of Defeat all the way to Battlefield 2 and beyond. Eventually we sat down and decided we ought to do something “productive” with regard to our much loved hobby and try to build something “meaningful” out of it. The concept of creating OMGeek was initially conceived in 2009 and was in gestation for 2 years before finally being realised in 2011.
Fast forward to today. It’s been a fun experience and a continuous learning journey for all of us. We’ve learned a lot throughout the past couple of years, which felt sort of like a training camp teaching and reinforcing ideas of entrepreneurship, formulating business plans, getting a better understanding of the power of social media, and internet broadcasting through podcasts. Although it sounds like a lot of work, and it certainly is, it never feels like a chore or a job at all. I think I speak for both James and Jed when I say we’re extremely passionate about running this website and building what we believe to be some sort of framework for a community down the line that takes into consideration the working professional gamer.
And if I may go on a tangent here, although James and Jed aren’t my blood relatives, we’ve known each other for so long that I consider them as my brothers, both in arms and in booze. We constantly throw ideas around and discuss OMGeek on an almost daily basis. I think I talk to these guys more often than I do my own family!
Creating OMGeek led to a realisation of our dreams and truly set us out on our true career paths. My passion and work on OMGeek eventually gave me the confidence to take a chance; allowing me to pursue my lifelong dream of working in the technology and gaming industry. Likewise Jed and James have since started their own web design and multimedia company called PixelKit which emerged from the lessons learned in all aspects of creating and managing OMGeek.
Two years down the line, I’m proud and privileged to still be working alongside James and Jed in making this happen. They are the hardest working people I know, labouring tirelessly to make sure the site is always in tip top condition despite how busy they are with their day jobs. They never complain -- they just get on with it and complete all the tasks and objectives that we set for ourselves. It’s been two years and I can proudly say that this is what dedication and passion can accomplish, and I can’t wait for the years to come.