Rich Biggie of Elite LAN Interviewed
INSIDER ESPORTS -- Michael Fleming sits down with Rich Biggie of the Elite LAN.
The Elite LAN Center has not been around for very long; about two months or so. Can you introduce yourself and the center?
Well to start, my name is Rich “RickyB” Biggie and I am the gaming supervisor over here at Elite. The LAN center is located at in the town of New City, NY. The point of this location was to keep kids out of the New York City environment, but still make it easily accessible and in a convenient location.
We are currently running Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00 GHz 3.01 GHz, with 4G's of RAM and ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series Graphics cards. We also provide six 48" plasma TVs along with five Xbox 360's and five Wii's. The 6th TV is used for store purposes.
We run everything from all the Steam games, all the primary FPS games – COD, CS .6, CS:S and L4D – and all the primary RPG and MMO games – World of Warcraft, DOTA and Starcraft – with many other different varieties of over 150 games.
News is buzzing about you launching your first tournament with support from David 'savi0r' Park and other strong players. Can you provide any information about the tournament?
This CS 1.6 tournament coming up is our first major event as a LAN center. We have only been open for roughly two months now and pretty much just had all the locals coming in to play. We now want to announce ourselves to the out of state players.
We decided to start with CS 1.6, as most people know. With the game being 10years old, it still has one of the most over-whelming communities and we wanted to tap into that immediately. The tournament is just a start for Elite LAN right now. The tournament is going to be 16 team, two day event with a round robin on the first day and the second day going to be a double elimination bracket.
I have only known David "savi0r" Park for a short time, but he is going to be present as a LAN admin on Day 1 of the event. With his extensive online and LAN experience, he is a trusted and greatly experienced player and I feel players would be more at ease with a new LAN center coming up if we have his support.
Are there plans for future events already in place, or do you plan on seeing how the first event goes?
Yes, there are future plans for this LAN center in many different aspects, but we would like to see how this first tournament goes. In the future – rather shortly, I should also add – we are planning on other LAN tournaments for different games such as Left4Dead, CS:Source, Team Fortress 2, and even looking into smaller tournaments for the console players, such as Halo, Madden, and many more.
Do you have any backing for the event or have any future plans to add sponsors, coverage, etc?
Yes, we are in the process of talking to a couple of different supporters and sponsors. Chris Schetter, a well known broadcaster for eSports will be making an appearance and doing a live stream and broadcasting for all the players who can’t make it but want to keep an eye on how the tournament goes. We are all seeking support from WinOut as well as Insider eSports for the event.
How many admins are going to be at the event? People sometimes worry about their things being stolen and there being too few admins.
We will have three to four admins present along with three staff to make sure everything is running smoothly and we are on time for the matches. Admins will NOT be playing in the tournament itself, just to avoid any conflicts, and so admins can fully concentrate on the games being played and not their teams.
Anything else you would like to add?
Just thanks for the interview and to all our fans for their support. We hope to see you at the event, but if you can’t make it, tune in to the live stream!