An exhilerating crowd
The blue room
The production crew
Team Killing Spree
The crowd went wild when on stream
Last Sunday, CyberActiv was proud to be part of what is now known as the world’s biggest BarCraft and world’s biggest spectator-only event in the eSports scene : BarCraft Montreal 2 – MLG Providence. All of us had a great time and we felt like telling you a story. The story behind what is now known as a legendary event.
Last Sunday, we started the day early. Some of us were there from as early as 9 am to setup everything. When I say everything I mean EVERYTHING. Techni-Productions did a great job setting up the screens and the sound for all 3 rooms. That huge 1080p projector and big screen was a huge boon to the event and we are sure that the participants enjoyed the new setup quite a lot. All along the event, things went quite smoothly. On a brand new internet connection, we delivered a production that we believe to be excellent. MLG did a great job keeping their streams in shape and very few hiccups were felt by using advanced stream switching techniques. Thanks to CIPC for sponsoring the high-end streaming PCs!
On the social side of things, we covered all possible bases. From Reddit to Team Liquid up to social networks, CyberActiv delivered an online presence that could only be described as colossal. By using clever techniques we were sending pictures live from the showfloor in about 20 seconds after the photo was taken. Through Reddit we tried a new concept by making a live thread with pictures. Sadly that concept fell a bit through. Why? Because Charles was on fire. Not only did he try to maintain a very high standard on the community side of things but was delegated to managing the streams. He switched focus on making this event a prime production. Although he couldn’t manage to uphold his social function up to the standard he wanted.
But he didn’t fret! He also delegated his tasks to Jonathan, our Vice-President and IT Manager, and Jonathan Grenier, Charles’ friend and awesome photographer, to go around the place and kept tweeting live pics of how the event was unfolding. By the way, CyberActiv would like to thank Mr Grenier for coming and taking such awesome breathtaking pictures which can now be found amongst the official pictures of the the event @ flickr. His own personnal pics of the event can be found here.
On the business side of things, partners and sponsors we’re clearly pleased. Attendees we’re clearly enthused by the incredible number of prizes to be won! Vuugo.com and Team EG we’re clearly the crowd favorites by giving a lot of swag and computer gear. By including EG’s partners, a lot of computer parts we’re given away including Video cards, Ram, SSD and the like. All those prizes we’re thrown at the attendies by Roch, our president and CEO, and Francois ‘icemouton‘ Wilhelmy. Francois, which awesome voice you could hear throughout the event, shouting advertisement, announcement and the likes. CyberActiv would like to thank him for coming over!
Additionally, we would like to thank Guillaume ‘LiThiuMElectro‘ Fafard for doing some awesome photoshop work expressly during the event and being part of the production crew in general.
Obviously this event would be nothing without Marko. Without Marko’s guts and determination, BarCraft Montreal wouldn’t exist and CyberActiv would like to thank him for letting us make this now iconic pillar of Canada’s eSports scene even more awesome. And obviously Club1234 for accepting to host this awesome event. Thanks for having an open mind. And thanks to all of you guys for coming!
Charles Desaulniers is the eSports Director, Community Manager and blogger at CyberActiv and a founding member. He is involved in everything gaming, from BarCraft Montreal 1 up to the recent #2 and everything going forward into 2012 that is related to eSports. His passion, drive and innovation seem to have no bounds and he will be one of the leading actors in what is going to be the “explosion of eSports in Canada” in 2012. Hardcore gamer and social media affectionado, Charles has leading, planning and optimization skills which are essential assets for such events.