Some of you know me, some of you don't. I know a lot of people have tried to bring gaming to the next level here in Nam. I myself tried to and to be completely honest completely failed. People have a lot of good intention but it always ends up being two or three people pulling all the weight of this gaming community. I am not one of them before you start flaming my ass. Basically if you are ready to get off your ass and do something about gaming in this country, then here is your chance. Hopefully this post will help you towards what has been tried in the past, when did not work, what are the challenges and what people are most likely to help you in your endeavour. These are not people you should joke with or try to impress. Comments with nothing positive to provide to this discussion or comments with no concrete facts meaning to bolster your epeen such as " I am working on a server gais, its gonna be online soon, add me on facebook" will be deleted on sight. This is not meant to be a window into you feeling better about yourself. This is to help the few people that really want to see change and growth in the minuscule gaming community that we have.
What has been done?
Namlan - everyone knows that there is this event every year. It is basically a large lan, with very few prizes and very little sponsorship. It regularly makes a loss every year that a few dedicated people compensate for.
WCG - This has been tried. Personally, I do not think it is a step in the right direction.
Swakop Lan - Was hosted for one year, not hosted in 2013
NESA - Non-profit for the growth of e-sports, currently dissolved. We heard rumors of a revival but nothing yet.
What does not work?
Low gaming population: Already with low population, the % of gamers is very low. Too low, for such an addictive sport, it is very rare to find a gamer anywhere. Also given that most people are poor in the country - Namibia is 6th on the misery ladder - and large income equalities, gaming is not for everyone. It is currently only available to a certain class of people. It is often said that gaming is the cheapest form of entertainment. WoW is a prime example. WoW is possibly the most cost effective means of entertainment in the world. You can play wow for a month at a the same cost of six movie theatre tickets, including internet. The issue we have in namibia is that most people dont have money to go to the theatre, or any form of disposable income. That is something we as a community cannot control. Hopefully this will become better in time.
Lack of dedication to the local scene: The gamers we do have are very rarely involved with the local scene, including namlan, where last year no one was sure we would make the numbers until the last minute.
No moneyz: Lack of sponsors is huge.
What do we do now?
I think mostly NESA and sometimes Namlan want to achieve too much in a few steps. It just cannot be done. We talk about community but this site is run by one guy. And he kinda forced the rest of us to come post here - not really but he keeps bringing it up at dinner. We all want great things for the local scene but maize doesnt grow out of shit immediately. You need to add earth to the shit, till it,etc - Im really not good at this, never planted anythign in my life. We need a community before growing a community. Right now, we are about 5 guys. If you want to do your part, join us - not the clan, join our events, join the teamspeak server, join the forums, post, disicuss, attend, be part of gaming, be part of gaming namibia.
Who to contact on the forums?
Myself, drop me a PM
foams, drop him a nuke.
As always good things take time.