Thanks for everyone who attended - unfortunately around 15-20 members didn't show up but we still had a good 23 attend - 4 notified me of their absences. Anyway, onto the content of the meeting!
These are now required to be shown on STEAM as default guys and girls! It was always within the clan requirements, however I was abit soft and allowed members to get away with it due to some games having the feature to show the clan your representing! However, in-game you can now change that to not show a tag and instead set this in your STEAM name. This is because the tag represents our STEAM Group which isn't getting any more members from it being shown in-game and doesn't really get much notice, however wearing the tag on your STEAM is keeping the clan you represent publicly (Including on search engines) and in-game.
We will also be working on putting one out every Quarter of the year (3 months) - I originally wanted to do this every month but it's having the time to write it all up which is a lot to add onto the current upcoming changes within VORTEX, so every 3 months should suffice - every month we have a Clan Meeting, so this is where the news is discussed and announced anyway! If we however find someone which is good at writing things up, then I will be happy for them to take up the role of being our publicist!
We're going to work on keeping this clan more organised including absences of everyone within the clan. It's a simple process by ensuring all of you put your absence and a reason along with it on our VORTEX Calender (Dates from and to), this allows us all to see why some members aren't online and we won't think your dead! (slight exaggeration) - You could also create a topic within the Members Forum just so we don't miss the event.
New rules are being put into place to ensure all of our members are active on our voice comms. Due to the amount of members we have who are online but not using our voice comms which our community paid for! Shouldn't need to remind you all that those which have donated paid £75 for our TS and it takes the piss a bit if members don't put the small effort of coming onto our server. We've got game channels if your in those games, you can create your own sub channels, we have different AFK channels now to represent your type of AFK status. If you're quite the forgetful type regarding TS than you can simply check out this topic: CLICK HERE
Competitions and Events
We're fully aware requires some TLC! It's one thing to organise and event, but the hard part is ensuring everyone which has entered the event, shows up at the event. We will work on events to get better and better at it, though I know the main thing is the primary source of the event - our system we used to use wasn't that great! Sometimes it then went to an external source which then dis-organises the event because it wasn't planned like this - but it prob worked out better for those involved! So we'll work on this so Events are more stable and fun.
Product Review on Store
So now 12 of us have one or more of the new products, it would be totally awesome for everyone to leave the review and your rating on each of the products! It can be a quick review or a more descriptive review. I would prefer more descriptive of what you think of the product and how it feels etc. as well as any pointers for future buyers because this is what the future buyers will be reading before they purchase! Good to up-sell our products but same time be honest about it
We realise that you all haven’t been involved as much as you want, however we are working on this and will be trying to get you all more active within the community – This includes various competitions, polls, voicing your opinion, providing suggestions on improvement! Also keep in mind than every single one of you are representing VORTEX eSports.
We will look at opening this division by the start of 2016 as long as our current goals are achieved by Q1 2016. Games involved will be looked into nearer the time.
Over the next few weeks we will be getting our process for recruitment sorted and will be putting ourselves out there actively yet again as it has been awhile since we’ve focused on recruitment! I wanted to wait until VORTEX eSports was in a good enough position regarding the message given to the public, how it is shown and how we are organised for when the players apply for us. We have tried various different ways of recruitment and we are going to set it in stone so we can get the recruits and be ready for the recruits!
As you are part of VORTEX eSports, you have a daily role – each rank has their own set of responsibilities but you all share some of the same responsibilities. These are to remain active on our Website and TeamSpeak, these keep the community active and strong – This also includes putting your voice out there! If you have a suggestion or some constructive criticism than please share with us; numerous times I have told our members that things can only improve as long as your voice is given, we can’t improve in the ways you want us too unless you either tell us or we’re psychic (unfortunately we’re not).
VORTEX Core Academy (VC Academy)
Quite a while ago our StarCraft II Division decided it would be a great idea to form an Academy, so players of all skill levels would be able to put their level of skills within their specialised game to use. The higher skilled players (Masters) would be able to teach players strategies and tips on how to improve from their level to become better within the game, however this isn’t just for Master players, anyone of a higher skill level than someone else can always provide useful strategies they use and even in-game practice sessions and forums to write various tips and strategies so it can be widely read by the clan.The Academy group located on our website allows players to become Academy Coaches (those who are of high skill/knowledge of the game and able to assist others), and Academy Players, whom have been accepted into the group and able to request practice sessions using the relevant board within that group.
We’re always looking for more Coaches, so if you think you got what it takes and like make other players a better player then let one of the Clan Officers or Administrators aware of it!
You can see what games our Academy supports by viewing the forum board in the group. We’re always looking to expand and think this is an awesome way to improve the community!
Divisions Becoming the VORTEX Core
It has been awhile since we have had actual Divisions within the Clan but I think moving forward, it would be a smart decision to have Divisions and to have specific Officers/Moderators to represent that Division – This doesn’t mean they can’t participate with other Divisions, but allows us to grow more quickly when there are people who want to make that Division better than the others – more members, more activity, more variety of games. This isn’t set in stone, but now we will also have a Co-Leader, it will allow the workload to be halved.The following Divisions will soon be available:
RPG/MMO DivisionDiablo Series
Grand Theft Auto VHeart of the StormLeague of LegendsRiftSmiteStar Trek: OnlineThe Elder Scrolls: OnlineWorld of WarcraftShooter Division
Call of Duty SeriesCounter-Strike SeriesTeam Fortress 2Sports Division
F1 Race Stars (Events)Project CARSZero Gear (Events)Strategy Division
Command and Conquer SeriesHearthstoneStarcraft SeriesSimulation Division
DayZ / DayZ ModEuro Truck Simulator 2Team Fortress 2War ThunderDue to the amount of Divisions we will be opening, we will also be expanding our website with new features such as Communities and Teams – both small and large. All Communities and Teams will have access to posting news, forums, blogs and gallery albums*.
* Blogs and Gallery albums will be through our main source located on our website. News and forums can be made separately within their community/team.
New Forum Board Layouts
As we will have many divisions, we will be creating all the relevant game forum boards but the Academy Community will be where useful topics regarding strategies, tips and where you can help improve players. All other discussions will remain in the normal forums - discuss various aspects of the game, your favourite parts, have you heard of any upcoming updates worth mentioning? Any DLC? Know of any issues within the game?Cheers for reading all! Any questions, feel free to ask myself or Thomas.