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LANified! Bootcamp Program - Phase 1
Posted by BloodyIron on Mon, December 28th, 2015 @ 2:37 am.
LANified! is proud to announce The LANified! Bootcamp Program - Phase 1

LANified! also has new staff openings, further details below.

But BloodyIron, what is The LANified! Bootcamp Program?
The LANified! Bootcamp Program is intended to provide services which help gamers enter and progress in competitive gaming. The services are similar to how we run our official tournaments, but are operated in an environment where nothing is on the line.

But BloodyIron, what do you mean when you say Phase 1?
We plan to expand The LANified! Bootcamp Program over time. Phase 1 will encompass services around Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, limited live broadcasting, and other related details. We plan that future phases will include expansions in various areas, but cannot commit to what at this time.

But BloodyIron, what about the existing CS:GO Scrims?
The LANified! Bootcamp Program is intended to replace the less-structured CS:GO Scrims. Also The LANified! Bootcamp Program will now start at 8pm, instead of 6pm.

But BloodyIron, who should participate?
With Phase 1 we are wanting to attract gamers who enjoy Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in Western Canada, and nearby regions in the USA (NW USA). We welcome established teams, and gamers who have no team (aka ad-hoc gamers). The program is intended for many gamers, and we currently have no limit on the number of participants. The more the merrier! Generally if you ping well to csgo1.lanified.com then you should participate.

But BloodyIron, who should not participate?
We want to keep the atmosphere of the program as friendly and productive as possible. As such those who are hostile, unsportsmanlike, and/or are otherwise generally abrasive are not welcome. We are not going to police your language, but if a gamer starts significantly disrupting the atmosphere of the program, they will no longer be welcome. The program is intended to help gamers and teams grow in competitive gaming, constructive criticism is an effective tool, but hostility and unsportsmanlike conduct is unbecoming of gamers, and will not be tolerated.

But BloodyIron, I/We don't have a team, what should I/We know? (ad-hoc gamers)
Those who want to enter the program as ad-hoc gamers will be given assistance in forming a team for the day. The first step is jumping on our mumble server ( voice.lanified.com default port), then jumping in the "Team Forming" channel, then ask for a Tournament Administrator. Then in the second step, a Tournament Administrator will co-ordinate with you for forming a team for the day. The third step, once your team has been formed, your team will need to elect a captain and inform a Tournament Administrator who your captain is. Choose wisely, as your captain must be the same person for the day! The fourth step, a Tournament Administrator will then direct you to a channel on mumble, and co-ordinate your games against other teams; telling the captain which server the team must connect to, and other relevant details.

But BloodyIron, I have a team that wants to participate, what should we know? (established teams)
Those who want to enter the program as an established team will need to follow a few different steps and meet certain criteria.

An established team must meet the following criteria:
  • Have a dedicated STEAM group for the team. The team name will match the name of this group.
  • The dedicated STEAM group can have no more or less than 5 members, and all members will be the fielded roster (those allowed to play as that team).
  • The team captain must be the Administrator of the group. All established teams require a captain. Only one member can be an Administrator, and in-turn a captain.
  • The STEAM group and team roster cannot change members while a team is participating in a day of the program. If a team changes roster/STEAM group members while a program event is in progress, they will become ineligible to continue participation that day, as an established team. Rosters and STEAM group membership is allowed to change when a program event is not in progress.
  • The dedicated STEAM group must have a tag prefix.
  • While a program event is in progress all team members must select the prefix for the team they entered as.
  • All program co-ordination will be performed between Tournament Administrators and team Captains. Captains are expected to co-ordinate their team.
  • Register the established team in the team registration thread, following the template outlined in the first post. The thread is at: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/LANifi ... 440182176/

Established teams that meet the criteria will be provided with a vanity channel on the LANified! Mumble server matching their team name. These channels will not have a password, but generally the channel is intended to be used exclusively by the team at their discretion.

Once a team is compliant with the criteria, and then wants to participate in a program event, they must follow these few steps.
  • First, all members must join the LANified! Mumble server and be in their team's channel.
  • Second, the team captain must check-in with a Tournament Administrator, advising them that the team wants to participate.
  • Third, the Tournament Administrator will validate the team's adherance to the criteria, and co-ordinate correction of any shortcomings.
  • Fourth, once the team is compliant, the Tournament Administrator will begin co-ordinating with the team captain as to who they are playing against next, what game server to use for the next game, and other related details. During a program event it is expected that the captain take responsibility for their team and compliance with the criteria.

But BloodyIron, what did you mean by limited live broadcasting?
LANified! will begin live coverage of The LANified! Bootcamp Program in a limited fashion. Initially this will be live broadcasting from the perspective of a single team during a program event. Generally which team that is being covered will change from one game to the next. LANified! will broadcast the in-game perspectives of the selected team, as well as their conversation on mumble, at the same time. The live broadcast is likely to have a delay to defuse player ghosting. Ad-hoc gamer teams, or established teams may request that they be broadcasted in their next game, but generally LANified! will select randomly which teams are broadcasted and when. To watch the broadcast head to http://tv.lanified.com

But BloodyIron, how can I show that I am interested in The LANified! Bootcamp Program?
If you are interested in participating (as a player or team), please post in this thread: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/LANifi ... 440186898/

Posting in this thread is not required, but it helps show us and others how many people are interested.

But BloodyIron, you mentioned new staff openings for LANified!, what about them?
LANified! is currently seeking 2-4 Tournament Administrators to expand our existing Tournament Administrator contingent. Interested parties should head to: http://www.lanified.com/news/details/84300

But BloodyIron, I have a question, how can I get it answered?
You can post here, or on one of our many mediums (twitter/STEAM/faceboook/lanified.com forums), or just contact BloodyIron directly through STEAM ( http://steamcommunity.com/id/BloodyIron/ ). We'll do our best to answer questions promptly!

To summarize for quick reference:
  • Saturdays and Wednesdays starting at 8pm
  • Join as ad-hoc players, or as established teams
  • Mumble server is at voice.lanified.com default port
  • Broadcasted at http://tv.lanified.com


We're excited about The LANified! Bootcamp Program and we want to help you enjoy competitive gaming as much as possible! Come join us, it's going to be a blast!


STEAM group : http://steamcommunity.com/id/BloodyIron/groups/
website : LANified.com
twitter : @LANified ( https://twitter.com/LANified )
facebook : facebook.LANified.com
BloodyIron : http://steamcommunity.com/id/BloodyIron/

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Have you considered joining LANified!?
Posted by BloodyIron on Mon, December 28th, 2015 @ 2:15 am.
Hi,

I'm BloodyIron. You may or may not have heard of me, but I run LANified!, but that's only part of the truth. The other part is that we have a glorious team that helps me run LANified!, our events and services, and so much more.

But BloodyIron, so what?

Well, we need more help. I want us to do more great things, but in order to do them we need to expand our team. We already have an awesome team, and I think that we should find more awesome people to join.

But BloodyIron, what kind of help are we talking about?

We currently have one specific position we are looking to fill, and in the near future we will have more. Additionally I am open to keen gamers with keen ideas. We welcome everyone to apply for these positions, even if you have no experience; We would prefer that you apply instead of hesitate! Experience helps, but not everyone has it.

Tournament Administrator

We are looking for 2-4 people to join our Tournament Administration team. Primarily we are looking for people to assist with tournaments at LAN parties but we also would appreciate help with other projects related to tournaments. Should you be interested in this position, please consider the following:

  • Have you ever entered a tournament of any size for any purpose (gaming or not)? If so, please tell us about it. Tell us how many tournaments you have entered, what you remember about their formats, what you thought about them (subjectively/personally), what you think could be done to improve tournaments, how you did in them, and/or any other information you would like to include.
  • Have you ever ran a competitive team, or participated on a competitive team at any level of competition? This can include participating/running a team simply on a ladder, or all the way up to competing professionally. If so, please tell us all about that.
  • Have you ever participated in the operations of a tournament before? If so, what formats are you familiar with, what was your involvement, and any other details you would like to include.
  • What interests you about tournaments, their operations, or anything else you would like to express to us.

To apply, send an email to bloodyiron -aTt- - lanified -dotT-- com and include as much relevant information as you can. We WANT your help, so apply already!

But BloodyIron, do I get paid for this?

These positions are strictly voluntary. We do not compensate for them financially or in other specific ways. That being said, we provide valuable experience that can be put on your resume. Many of those that have helped us have leveraged the experienced gained to move their careers forward.

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LANified! 2015 year-end gaming poll
Posted by BloodyIron on Thu, December 17th, 2015 @ 5:01 pm.
2015 is wrapping up pretty soon, and it has been quite a successful year for us!

Many people want to know when our next events will be, and we're working hard to get all that delicious info together for you. We are planning to announce the information soon(tm).

In the mean time, we would like to hear your thoughts on what games you would like to see played as tournaments.

As such, we have started a poll on our forums, and we would love for you to participate in it. Just head to : viewtopic.php?f=21&t=84296

Please choose FOUR games, and if you make a mistake you can change your selection. Also keep in mind that accounts are site-wide, so forum and event registration accounts are the same.

We're super excited about 2016 and what we have brewing, we hope you feel the same!

Stay safe peeps, and keep on gaming! ;P

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LANified! CS:GO Scrims! - Wednesdays and Saturdays
Posted by BloodyIron on Thu, December 17th, 2015 @ 4:55 pm.
Hey folks!

Starting this week and going forward we are going to be holding regular CS:GO Scrims in-house!

This is open to everyone who likes to play CS:GO, whether you have a team or not. It's pretty easy, and we think you'll have a blast! Just follow these steps and you'll be set:

1) Check the schedule, then get online at the time
2) Jump on our mumble server ( voice.lanified.com default port)
3) Join the "Scrim Forming" channel under "Counter-Strike" on mumble
4) Talk to Xiphos (on mumble or STEAM) to figure out a team ( http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197995982559/ )
5) Get to know your team, perhaps elect a captain for your team then tell Xiphos
6) Xiphos will then co-ordinate scrims for the evening, which servers to join, etc
7) Have fun! Be sure to keep coming : D

Schedule:
-Wednesdays 6pm start
-Saturdays 6pm start

We will be using our local servers setup with competitive rules in-line with our tournaments.

Also, if you want to join our STEAM group, just head to : http://steamcommunity.com/groups/LANified

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LANified! 24: Rumble in the Rift: Cancelled
Posted by BloodyIron on Sun, November 22nd, 2015 @ 7:04 pm.
To be explicitly clear, we have cancelled LANified! 24: Rumble in the Rift.

We saw literally zero (0) prepays for this event. Which is an unprecedented response. In our entire history (almost 9 years) we have never seen such disinterest in an event, especially considering that we had 16 people signed up. If you want to know more, I refer you to our previous news post.

We will instead be spending these efforts on what we will be doing next year.

We have great things coming, and we plan to announce them within the next month.

Stay tuned.

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