Posted 5:25pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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So you know how ever since I joined VideoGamer.com I've been banging on about League of Legends? It's a game I'm obsessed with, both with casual games and the competitive scene. It's a game I play literally every night, and is the main reason I rarely play any other games.
This year the developer of League of Legends, Riot Games, established the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), which is basically the Premier League of competitive LoL which runs games every Saturday and Sunday in Europe. This is why my weekend streaming stopped, as I always wanted to watch the LCS.
So with this in mind, when I was approached about a month ago by ESL (Electronic Sports League, the company who produces the European LCS) to go over to Cologne and produce videos for them it was a no-brainer to at least speak to them.
When they came back with an offer to work on the LCS for a year I had to make the hardest decision of my life...
I love this job. I've worked for over a decade across live TV and post production and never have had as much fun as I do here. The video content which me and Matt L are doing now is in my opinion better than the site has ever had and is only going to get better. And with some new, as yet un-announced staff hires this year things are going to be very exciting come April.
But when you're literally offered the job of your dreams it's hard to say no, right? A lot of people throw that phrase around casually, and usually it equates to: more money. But in this instance that's not the case. The chance to work daily in the e-sports scene and edit videos about my favourite game in the world is something that I simply couldn't pass up on. Throw in to the equation that my brother lives in Germany and his wife is having a child this August, being closer to my new niece/nephew was the icing on the cake.
So next Thursday 28th will be my last day in VG towers, and 2 days after that I'll be on a plane to Cologne with only a laptop and a suitcase of clothes to my name.
A big thanks to Tom, Adam and James for deciding to hire me. Tom and James are a constant source of amusement, and at times I wish we had a webcam live stream of their desks during office hours. Steve Burns is one ruthless (but fair) motherfuc*er. Matt Lees, my partner in crime. This dude is a video making machine, and puts me to shame. His PS4 announcement vid (completely of his creation) is now nearing 5 million hits. The boy done good, and will continue to good for the site. David Scammell, no homo, but I will probably miss you the most.
And finally, I just want to say thanks to all the forumites. You made me feel incredibly welcome when I first joined, and even though I had no idea who Pearson was, I knew they were big shoes to fill. Hopefully I did ok and I hope you enjoyed the videos I made in my time here. My fondest memory will probably be the 24hr Halo marathon with Martin and special guests; even though I wanted to die afterwards I am so glad we did it. The ledge will stay with me forever
So yeah, that's about it. If you're ever in Cologne do stop my and say hi and feel free to stay in touch with me via twitter (@mnellis). I don't tend to tweet that much nowadays but I am always lurking.
-editor note. Apparently I have to choose who is better between Tom and James. This is like Sophie's Choice. Impossible.
Posted 5:41pm on Wed 20 March 2013
|rbevanx|Very sad to see you go Matt as your videos have been brilliant.
Best of luck with your new job, glad to see you are moving on to something which sounds right up your street though
"Da Ledge" is embedded in Videogamer history that's for sure
Posted 5:50pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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Best of luck to you in your new Job Matt, you can't really ask for better then your dream, now can you!
Your work with the live streams and probably the best bit of community-site relations content I've ever seen on the internet, the XCOM licker Platoon series, were amazing!
One last thing to ask before you leave though. Where will be able to find your video content on league of legends from now on?
Posted 6:11pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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Good luck with the new job, Matt. Certainly sounds like an opportunity you can't miss, so hope it goes well.
You've created boots of your own that will be hard to fill at VG.
Posted 6:11pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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Goodbye Matt, it's a shame to see you go so soon but that sounds like an amazing opportunity.
Thanks for all your work with videogamer, I've really enjoyed your work on the site (particularly the stuff MJTH mentioned above) and on the podcast.
Good luck, hopefully I'll see some of your stuff with LoL. (And maybe even meet you on the Fields of Justice sometime?)
Posted 6:37pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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Sad, sad news
EDIT- Don't get me wrong, well done for getting onto the LCS, just fix the stream issues they have haha.
Posted 6:42pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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Congratulations. It sounds perfect for you.
We will be sad to see you go, though. Some of your video stuff has been ace.
Posted 6:53pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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Well done, I bet you're chuffed! Thanks for the fun content and good luck for the future.
Posted 7:39pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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What'll happen first? Matt posting those t-shirts or Matt leaving?
Assuming he remembers to leave, of course.
Posted 8:03pm on Wed 20 March 2013
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Very sad to see you go but sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime