Content creation powered by Seagate

Today I wanted to share with you some things I've learned in the last year about everyone favourite buzz word topic “content creation”. At Dark Sided we believe that content creation is a really important aspect of esports as it lets fans connect to their favourite players or teams in a creative manor. You might have noticed that Dark Sided has really changed in the last year and has committed to improving our content creation.

 
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Before we start, I’d like to thank Seagate for providing all the storage solutions Dark Sided require to be able to produce the best results possible. Seagate have kindly provided me with the Iron Wolf 14TB hard drive . Yes, terabytes. The hard drive aptly named ‘The Beast’ on my desktop PC, while technically a drive built for network storage, I use this as more of a long term storage solution. There’s more than enough room on this drive for me to film without thinking about where it all will need to be stored and I can hold on to off cuts and unused material should I ever need them in the future. Without these mass storage solutions Dark Sided wouldn’t be able to store the terabytes of 4K footage we’ve collected in the last year.


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Perfection isn’t the way

Creating content isn’t as easy as it seems and sometimes you can get stuck in a "what should I make" / "what if it's not good" paralysis. A lot of the time, if you're making content outside of a controlled space (home/studio) you won’t have optimal lighting conditions or there might be a tonne of noise pollution, you’ll have to just work with the hand you’ve been dealt to get the best possible outcome. This can be really daunting because you might start to put unneccesary stress on yourself to create something "perfect" when in reality, you should be strive to just create something. As long as you start with something, you can always try to improve upon it.


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You (probably) have what you need

Hardware is a tricky topic to talk about because some consider it to be a barrier to entry, but it shouldn’t be seen that way because you probably already have what you need in order to do something. Starting out, I captured events using my Google Pixel phone. I bought a Mobile shotgun mic and a very cheap and not a good idea, Phone Stand from Kmart, eventually I replaced the phone stand with an DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal (you can get the Osmo Mobile 2 for $189AU which is $100 less than what I bought the original for) and we filmed the Dark Sided Hong Kong FGC movie on that setup.

These days my setup is quite expensive, I’ve invested my own money in building up hardware to do something I enjoy but the take away points from this are, you can probably make it work with what you have or very little investment ($80 to $300 depending on what you want to do). You just need to go and do it!



Punctuality is key

If you’re trying to create content at a LAN or a convention or anywhere that you’re trying to achieve an element of coverage, it needs to be reasonably punctual. I’ve been guilty of failing this in the past where I’ll publish a video from an event that’s already a month and that’s really unfortunate because sometimes it doesn’t get the traction that you’d like while the event discussion is still hot. So keep in mind that getting things out as soon as possible while maintaining a level of quality that you feel comfortable with is important. Covering an event with still images is pretty easy for me because I’ve perfected my personal mobile workflow over the last year or so, but it wasn’t always so easy. My advice to you is to have a plan of attack, know what you need and how you’re going to deliver it before you need to actually deliver.


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Have fun with it

When you’re really enjoying what you’re doing, it’ll shine through in your work so be sure to enjoy the content creation process. If you’re not enjoying it, maybe take a break or maybe it’s not for you but if you force yourself to into it, you’ll end up cutting corners. I’ve completed so many projects where I just pushed myself through it and I haven't enjoyed the final output because of the process, so make sure, whatever you decide to create, you enjoy creating it!

If you're interesting in asking any questions about content creation or would like to tell me about your own experiences while creating esports content, reach out to me on Twitter at @SteebFGC

Departure of Vir7ue & Qutee

After an incredible PAX experience, we bid farewell to two pinnacle players from our Rainbow Six Siege roster; Cutie and Virtue. As one of Dark Sided’s longest standing squads, Cutie and Virtue’s tenure within the team has had a resounding impact on Dark Sided. However due to the shifting changes in Rainbow 6 and the nature of off-season periods, Cutie and Virtue will no longer be continuing with the current competing roster.

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We wish Cutie and Virtue all the best in their future endeavours. As for the current roster, the team will look to restructure in preparation for its next season. After many accounts of brilliance displayed throughout the Rainbow Six Masters tournament, the roster is confident in maintaining it's high placings and furthermore perhaps bring a dominating presence to the scene.

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Farewell Overwatch

As per the conclusion of Melbourne Esports Open last weekend, we now bid farewell to our current Overwatch division. It is with a heavy heart that this journey comes to an end however with a tremendous performance displayed on the grand stage, we have been extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to partake in such a prestigious event.

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Dark Sided Overwatch has had a strong impact since the inception of contenders within Australia, lasting from the beginning of 2017 to the more recent Melbourne Esports Open. Whilst we encourage our teams’ competitive performances, player’s priorities in Dark Sided always come first. We’d like to thank them for our voyage together as they now look to take separate paths and seek new opportunities as individuals.

We say farewell to:

  • Molotov
  • Mooney
  • Termo
  • Punk
  • Yuki
  • Cantus
  • JohnGalt
  • Project

As we part from the Overwatch roster, we would like to personally thank all the players who dedicated their time and effort into making this roster truly incredible. We would also like to thank all the fans who showed up in large numbers during the Melbourne Esports Open and made the grand finals a truly special moment in history for our country and this organisation.

All previous Dark Sided Overwatch members are now free of their organisational obligations and are free agents of the scene.

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Dark Sided Welcomes SliWill

We’re excited to share the news, that William ‘SliWill’ Slingsby, has joined our creative department. In doing so, he has been leading the charge with our new YouTube series ‘The Shadows’. Season 1 of The Shadows will available to watch at 6pm (AEST) on the ViewSonic.Dark Sided YouTube channel - Here.

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SliWill has been a leader in the Oceanic esports region when it comes to delivery quality content, and coverage. I’m extremely proud to have him under our banner, where he’ll be delivering amazing content, but also be leading the charge for innovation and direction in our video department (alongside Fortune)

Matthew Westphal - Founder & CEO

Delivery quality content has been a goal of Dark Sided’s throughout 2018, and that doesn’t stop with the remaining 5 months. Everyone at the Dark Sided team is very eager to see SliWill’s work uncovered, and we hope everyone at home tunes into Season 1 of ‘The Shadows’ tomorrow night.

Give SliWill a follow - Here

Dark Sided Welcomes Fortnite

It’s a new adventure as today we’d like to announce our latest addition to the organisation, ViewSonic.Dark Sided Fortnite! As one of the fiercest squads in the region, this team alongside its almost limitless skill ceiling, have displayed some of the best values imaginable and it is a great pleasure of ours to welcome them within our family.

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The ViewSonic.Dark Sided Fotnite Roster is as follows:

  • Psyper
  • Moshy1
  • Valaxies
  • Hate
  • StyleZ

Not only can you expect to see these guys out on the field in the most intense competitions but also regularly engaging in casual play within the Fortnite playerbase on Twitch. It is also this reason why we see a natural fit between the roster and our organisation as we look to bring more eyes into the renowned title and nurture a close relationship with its fans.

Welcome, ViewSonic.Dark Sided Fortnite.