Chris Wynn is a busy man. As the Executive Producer of H1Z1, you can only imagine that his plate is quite full all the time. At the H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament in Los Angeles, California, it was no different.
You could see him at the event always being asked questions by not only the media, but also by players in the game. Each player wanted to pick at Wynn's mind in order to know what's going on with H1Z1. During the event, Wynn was not waiting behind the scenes, he was actually on the stage and submerging himself with the event.
One of the biggest questions surrounding H1Z1: King of the Kill is whether or not it's a legitimate esport. According to Wynn, it starts at square one with watchability. "You start with how fun it is to watch, how easy it is to watch," said Wynn. "You watch the game and very quickly understand what's happening from a players perspective. There's not a lot of map strategy you have to learn. Very quickly you can pick it up and understand whats happening."
When folks want to get better, they then start to submerge themselves into the game, and that's where the competitive aspect or esports aspect comes into play. "Then when you start to learn that there's a ton of depth there, there's a lot to master to become successful. It's a nice gateway."
H1Z1 started in 2015. Two years later, there's a massive $300,000 tournament for the best teams in the game. The growth has been spectacular to see but Wynn thinks there's more to build. "From the excitement we've built and the experience we've built, we've exceeded those expectations," said Wynn. "But we're still shooting for a higher quality bar. We're still continuing to work on it. We still continue to plug away at it every day and we want to make it better and better."
Another two years down the road, Chris has lofty expectations for H1Z1. "We really feel like we've created a new genre of video games with H1Z1. When you look two years from now, I want to see that genre expand," said Wynn. "I want everyone to recognize that genre being a standalone new video game experience and H1Z1 being at the pinnacle of that. Everyone can look at it and go 'Yeah, that's the one that started it, that's the one that's still the best.'"
"I want everyone to recognize that genre being a standalone new video game experience and H1Z1 being at the pinnacle of that. Everyone can look at it and go 'Yeah, that's the one that started it, that's the one that's still the best.'" - Chris Wynn
So, how would Wynn do in terms of being the best in game? "I've got nothing on these guys. It drives me nuts. I still don't have a win in the solo experience. I've got second places, and third places."