For a written explanation, read after the break
Our community is what makes TheSpeedGamers . Over the past 2 years we have grown to heights that I didn’t think I would ever see. Now I see clearly that we have no ceiling, the sky is the limit.
I am wrapping up my degree and will graduate this December. Running marathons out of my parent’s house will not be an option soon. Finding a new home for TheSpeedGamers has been my goal for the past year. I’ve gone over several ideas, considered several scenarios and consulted many people.
I want to create a gaming haven where people can come and compete, play games and hang out. A place where our marathons can be viewed and even be taken part in. This place I’m describing of course is TheSpeedGamer’s Headquarters.
During non-marathon hours the Headquarters will function very similar to a console LAN center. I want to emphasize SIMILAR because we don’t want to be branded simply as a LAN, it will be more than that. The Headquarters will be a celebration of gamers that culminates when we reach our quarterly marathons. Gaming for charity is the focus of TheSpeedGaners and the Headquarters will further enhance that.
In between marathons we will also host tournaments and nightly shout casts that will be broadcast on our Headquarters stream. Call this ambitious, but I want TheSpeedGamer’s Headquarters to be THE PLACE for competitive console gaming. We aim to be a 7 day a week business with extended hours on the weekend and marathon events.
To get started we have calculated that we will need approximately $50,000. That would keep us running for about a year. You can keep track of our progress and contribute by viewing the chipin widget on our homepage. We will take down the chipin widget the week leading up to our marathons so that it does not get confused with any of the charities we are raising money for.
First off, I want to make it clear that we will NOT be doing any marathons to help raise funds for the HQ. We feel our marathons are best left as charity only events. We have several fundraising ideas that we think can help us reach our goal in a reasonable time.
1. Inside the HQ will be a wall dedicated to our donors. You can purchase a part of this wall and be a permanent piece of the HQ’s legacy. You can put anything (as long as it’s appropriate) in the space you buy. Price and dimensions will be specified next week. If you donate now you can use that donation to purchases your portion of the wall next week.
2. We will offer memberships in the first quarter of 2011. This will allow community members that aren’t able to visit the Headquarters have their presence felt. With your membership you can compete in online tournaments with players in the Headquarters. Also, members will accumulate points through tournaments wins, promotion, art contests and other various ways. Inside the headquarters will be a scoreboard that will display the point leaders. Once again reiterating the ability to have an impact on what goes on inside the Headquarters.
-You will also have access to a membership exclusive chat during the marathon. You’re not constrained to this chat, but only members will have access to the chat. Goodbye spam, well unless Kmmgreen buys a membership, then welcome to troll city.
-You forum color will be offset to specify your status.
-We also have more technical ideas that we want to explore and make sure they’re reasonable before announcing.
-What else would you like to see implemented into the membership? Discuss here
Pricing for memberships coming soon
Right now we have only a general timetable for the Headquarters. We will assess where we are at in about 3-4 months and set a concrete goal. If we are not able to meet our expectations and our plans fall through, we will do what we do best and donate the money we have raised to charity.