As esports starts to expand, there's a ton of risks associated with it. If you grow too fast, you'll fall flat on your face. If you grow too slow, everyone will forget about you. Each game, each organization, each team, needs a veteran that has the experience to lead the way.
For H1Z1: King of the Kill, Omniskillz is that person.
In speaking to Omniskillz before the tournament had even begun, you could tell he was a veteran in the scene. People approached him during the mixer before the event and recognized him immediately. Not loud, not rambunctious, but cool, calm, and collected, Omni spoke to those that approached him including myself.
Throughout our conversation, we spoke about many things including where we thought the game was going, who the biggest influences are, what the game has to do in order to become a respectable esport and even who's going to get far too intoxicated at the mixer. Omni is a well-spoken individual who conducts himself as a veteran presence, perhaps without even knowing.
Through his humbleness, Omni immediately spoke about the community rather than himself. "It's great for the community," Omni said about the H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament. "There have been people playing the game since the start. They've put over 4,000 to 5,000 hours into the game."
In speaking about the event, Omni is happy to see the results of the community sticking around as a unit. "A lot of the players that stuck it out from the beginning are in this event. All their hard work, all their time invested into the game actually paid off and they're able to participate."
Playing for Set to Destroy X, Omni carries that veteran presence I alluded to earlier. When asked about what he brings to the team, he said, "a tactical presence, risk communication, just awareness of little nuances in the game, how to place ourselves in the game, just like a calming force I would say."
In the genre H1Z1 is in, a new game has emerged called Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. Many people see this as direct competition for H1Z1 but according to Omni, the two games will be on different paths and H1Z1 will always be unique. "H1Z1 you have a lot more players in the game. H1Z1 is more arcadey. There's more fast paced action, you're immediately thrust into it. As soon as you land, everybody's scrambling and wanting to slay," said Omni. "It's not about being tactical or getting away from people."
Not only is Omni a veteran in the scene, he's also a very nice guy (even if he won't just flat out give me a FFTC hoodie).
Going to the H1Z1 event was an eye opener for me. I had always known about the game and played it casually but was never thrown into the competitive scene. Like always when you start something new, you look to someone who has experience in the field and knows a thing or two about the scene. I'm glad that Omni was there and continues to be there for not only myself in H1Z1, but for others trying to grow with the community.
(Omni, I'll still take that FFTC hoodie.)