NERV LAN Recap

Ted Casting on eFragTV

Myself (left) and Travis (right) guest casting on eFragTV at NERV LAN.

I’d like to first start off by thanking everyone who came out and made NERV LAN this past weekend so successful.  You are the reason why I love doing what I do in eSports.  I’d also like to apologize to all of you on the web looking for updates from NERV here and from my twitter as things did not go quite according to plan.  Friday was the craziest day of the entire event as we had to check everyone into the event for the first time and deal with a plethora of technical issues at the facility.  Additionally, as I tweeted on Saturday, I realized I left my BlackBerry charger at my apartment, which left me conserving battery until I could find one to borrow (thanks Kevin).

Overall the event ran very smoothly and the amount of feedback we have gotten back has been almost entirely all positive.  Although there are some things I would have liked to have gone better – such as the coverage provided to those looking for updates on the web – I think people were just amazed at how quick and smooth the event ran.  We ended up finishing roughly 2-3 hours ahead of schedule, which made commuting on Sunday a lot easier for everyone, especially those who had to travel far.

Now that NERV has concluded there are a lot of questions floating around about the possibility of another LAN in the near future.  I can say we (the group who organized this past NERV LAN) would very much be interested in running another event in the future and have already begun discussion about forming a more structured organization.  I cannot go into details at the moment because things simply have not been decided yet, but I will say there is excitement in the air around the CoD4 community.

In conclusion, I can honestly say I never expected this to happen.  When I agreed to help organize NERV LAN I thought I would be taking on a small assisting role.  This role turned into something more with the departure of one of our admins roughly two weeks before the event, and now this might have turned into an eSports business opportunity.  I thought my major involvement in eSports was done, perhaps not so much now…stay tuned.