TwitchCon Does San Diego: Jenn’s Picks

Want to know what’s good in San Diego during your trip for TwitchCon? OP Group has some ideas! We’ve picked our personal favorite spots in the area to eat, drink, and hang out in San Diego.


San Diego Sailing Tours

Distance from convention: 4.1 miles – 15 minutes – $8 Uber
Website: sandiegosailingtours.com

Feel the sun on your face and the wind at your back during these tours of San Diego Harbor. Enjoy daytime or sunset sails with wine, craft beer, and great snacks.

SailingTours

 

Puesto

Distance from convention: 0.6 miles – 10 minutes – Walkable
Website: eatpuesto.com

The best Mexican street food is within walking distance of the convention! Puesto knows the true meaning of fresh with hand-made tortillas, scratch salsas, all-natural meats, sustainable seafood and local greens.

Puesto

 

Polite Provisions

Distance from convention: 6.1 miles – 20 minutes – $10 Uber
Website: politeprovisions.com

A speakeasy feel with handcrafted cocktails (made with over 50+ types of bitters!) Polite Provisions is on a mission to spread the “art of the cocktail” to everyone who walks in their doors. Hungry? Enjoy a bite at their sister property, Soda & Swine, next door.

PoliteProvisions

 

Pacific Shores

Distance from convention: 10 miles – 17 minutes – $12 Uber
Website: yelp.com/biz/pacific-shores-san-diego-2

Dimly lit 1960’s dive bar, complete with psychedelic octopus seductress murals. Enjoy a stiff drink, pool tables, and all of the blacklight art you never thought you needed.

PacificShores

 

The Pearl Hotel

Distance from convention: 7.7 miles – 15 minutes – $10 Uber
Website: thepearlsd.com

A shag lounge, pool cabanas, and happy hour eats make for a chill hangout spot. The relaxing bar scene highlights 10 craft beers on tap, an eclectic wine list, and super-signature cocktails.

ThePearl

 


Personal Recommendations: Omeed | Jenn | Skyla | Mel | Downtown Destinations


TwitchCon Does San Diego: Omeed’s Picks

Want to know what’s good in San Diego during your trip for TwitchCon? OP Group has some ideas! We’ve picked our personal favorite spots in the area to eat, drink, and hang out in San Diego.


Enigma HQ

Distance from convention: 1.3 miles – 7 minutes – $5 Uber
Website: enigmahq.com

This unique escape room was designed by Brian Hacker – poker player, MtG player, and card game designer. Using story-based puzzles, cinematics, and physical environments, this escape room is unlike any other.

EnigmaHQ

 

Sushi Ota

Distance from convention: 10.3 miles – 15 minutes – $12 Uber
Website: sushiota.com

Considered one of the best sushi restaurants in San Diego, you’ll definitely want to make a reservation to check this place out. Omeed recommends ordering omakase – and if you don’t know what that is, prepare for a surprise.

SushiOta

 

Seven Grand

Distance from convention: 5 miles – 15 minutes – $10 Uber
Website: 213dthospitality.com/project/seven-grand-sd

Seven Grand (and its speakeasy, Bar Three Piece) has the best scotch selection in town. Get classy with a fancy cigar, while you enjoy the company of every type of hipster.

SevenGrand

 

Red Fox Room

Distance from convention: 5 miles – 15 minutes – $10 Uber
Website: redfoxsd.com

This dive bar has a long and storied history. It was built in Surrey in the 1500s, and was transported to the United States in 1926 at the whims of a budding actress. Expect dim lighting, questionable piano playing, and strong drinks.

RedFoxRoom

 

The Shout House

Distance from convention: 0.5 miles – 10 minutes – Walkable
Website: sd.theshouthouse.com

Dueling pianists let tips drive the playlist. It’s like Twitch in bar form! The people watching alone is worth the small cover charge on weekends.

ShoutHouse

 


Personal Recommendations: Omeed | Jenn | Skyla | Mel | Downtown Destinations


TwitchCon Does San Diego: Skyla’s Picks

Want to know what’s good in San Diego during your trip for TwitchCon? OP Group has some ideas! We’ve picked our personal favorite spots in the area to eat, drink, and hang out in San Diego.


Belmont Park

Distance from convention: 10.4 miles – 18 minutes – $13 Uber
Website: belmontpark.com

Belmont Park is the heart of Mission Beach, where you’ll find laser tag, an arcade, ziplines, and even a roller coaster! Enjoy an incredible view of the ocean while eating rooftop sushi, or take on the surf challenge at the wave house.

BelmontPark

 

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Distance from convention: 7.1 miles – 15 minutes – $9 Uber
Website: stonebrewing.com/visit/bistros/liberty-station

Stone Brewing is known for their hoppy IPAs so if beers are your jam, don’t pass this one up. Wind down your evening outside by the firepits with some great food and a flight of local brews.

StoneLibertyStation

 

Lamplighter

Distance from convention: 6 miles – 11 minutes – $8 Uber
Website: thelamplighterbar.com

Open every hour that alcohol can be served in San Diego (6AM – 2AM), this is the dive bar you’re looking for. Enjoy a game of pool, dim lighting, and karaoke that starts nightly at 9!

LampLighter

 

Lucha Libre

Distance from convention: 4.9 miles – 12 minutes – $9 Uber
Website: tacosmackdown.com

One step inside Lucha Libre and you’ll see that this is unlike any taco shop you’ve ever been to. They take the luchador theme to the next level, complete with wrestling ring. Make this the place you go for a California Burrito. (There are 2 locations – Skyla recommends the one on University Ave.)

LuchaLibre

 

Coin-op Game Room

Distance from convention: 4.9 miles – 12 minutes – $9 Uber
Website: coinopsd.com

A trip to Coin-op like being a kid again, with all the perks of adulthood. Great craft beer, nerdy-themed mixed drinks, fun food, and over 30 classic arcade games. Skyla recommends the deep fried oreos and the Kong’s Barrel punch bowl. Bring friends.

CoinOp

 


Personal Recommendations: Mel | Downtown Destinations


TwitchCon Does San Diego: Mel’s Picks

Want to know what’s good in San Diego during your trip for TwitchCon? OP Group has some ideas! We’ve picked our personal favorite spots in the area to eat, drink, and hang out in San Diego.


Buona Forchetta

Distance from convention: 3.6 miles – 11 minutes – $7 Uber
Website: yelp.com/biz/buona-forchetta-san-diego

Treat yourself to a special night out and fantastic Italian food at Buona Forchetta. Serving true, authentic Neapolitan wood fired pizza and fresh daily specials, using locally sourced ingredients.

buona

 

PB Shore Club

Distance from convention: 12.7 miles – 21 minutes – $16 Uber
Website: yelp.com/biz/pb-shore-club-san-diego

No matter where you are in PB Shore Club, you’ll be treated to a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy California surf culture in a casual atmosphere, where the party is always going.

PBShore

Hamilton’s Tavern

Distance from convention: 3.9 miles – 11 minutes – $7 Uber
Website: yelp.com/biz/hamiltons-tavern-san-diego

Tap handles line the ceiling of this “Beer Drinker’s Bar”. The owners of Hamilton’s Tavern also own a local brewery, and heavily promote the San Diego beer scene. Pool tables, great music, and tasty pub grub.

Hamiltons

 

Babycakes

Distance from convention: 4.8 miles – 12 minutes – $7 Uber
Website: yelp.com/biz/babycakes-san-diego-2

Don’t be fooled – Babycakes isn’t ONLY an amazing cupcake shop. They are eclectic dessert destination with a bar, dance floor, and a totally unique experience. Located in the Hillcrest neighborhood, Babycakes is LGBTQ friendly.

babycakes

 

Hello Birdie

Distance from convention: 4.9 miles – 12 minutes – $10 Uber
Website: yelp.com/biz/hello-birdie-nail-and-lash-lab-san-diego

Relax with a mini day spa trip before TwitchCon! Mel recommends a mani-pedi and if you’re feeling adventurous, get some eyelash extensions! And absolutely book an appointment.

HelloBirdie

 


Other Recommendations: Downtown Destinations


TwitchCon Does San Diego: Downtown Destinations

Want to know what’s good in Downtown San Diego during your trip for TwitchCon? OP Group has some ideas! We’ve picked our favorite spots in Gaslamp to eat, drink, and hang out.


Hodad’s Burgers

Distance from convention: 0.9 miles – 20 minutes
Website: hodadies.com

Hodad’s is the story of a local favorite burger shop turned “overnight sensation”, thanks to an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. While this downtown spot isn’t their original location (you’ll need to go a few miles away to Ocean Beach for that), this is still considered one of the best burgers in San Diego.

hodads

 

Donut Bar

Distance from convention: 0.9 miles – 20 minutes
Website: donutbar.com

Donut Bar also found fame through a TV show spot, and they haven’t slowed down since. Their creative donut flavors rotate daily, and should be enough for any sweet tooth – from french toast donuts, to butter beer flavor, to the Homer special, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to get here early!

donutbar

 

Quad AleHouse

Distance from convention: 0.6 miles – 13 minutes
Website: quadalehouse.com

“Beer Study Hall” – If you’re looking for somewhere that’s a bit quieter than the normal downtown scene, but has good beer and pub food, Quad AleHouse fits the bill. They have an extensive draft and bottle list, good playlists, and a chill atmosphere.

quadalehouse

 

The Lion’s Share

Distance from convention: 0.6 miles – 13 minutes
Website: lionssharesd.com

With a food menu built around exotic meats, The Lion’s Share is always a unique and eclectic experience. Think “carnivore hipster” – antelope sausage, bison burgers, and over 40 specialty craft cocktails.

thelionsshare

 

Bice

Distance from convention: 0.4 miles – 7 minutes
Website: bicesandiego.com

Great for both a quick Happy Hour (every day!) and an upscale dining experience, Bice delivers quality, locally sourced Italian food with delightful service. Consider this your “fancy dinner” for TwitchCon 😉

bice

 


Convention Scheduling Tips for Broadcasters

Convention season – one of the most fun, and most stressful, times of the year for broadcasters and influencers.

Whether you’re going to one convention or ten, here are some tips to remember when you’re scheduling appointments.



unnamed-300x1881. Create a shared spreadsheet and calendar (and actually share them!)

Compile a spreadsheet of booths, games, and panels you absolutely don’t want to miss. Every time you schedule an appointment, put it on your calendar with the time, point of contact, and location. Share these documents with your mods, managers, and other support team staff.

tEREUy1vSfuSu8LzTop3_IMG_2538-300x2002. Set schedule reminders
Conventions are hectic for everyone – it is important to be considerate of others’ time, and be punctual for your appointments. Using that shared calendar, set up email and text reminders. You can also create alarms on your phone, just for backup.

 

pax2010_3_b.1341526329-300x2003. Schedule time between appointments
Give yourself at least 30 minutes to walk between appointments. You may need longer if you think you’re going to run into fans! Also remember to schedule a lunch block every day – if you’re planning on waiting in a food line, you may need 90 minutes.

 

Evixdg2-300x2514. Save your files offline
Cell reception isn’t always reliable at conventions. Save all important documents offline (in the form of screenshots or notes on your phone). This includes plane tickets, hotel confirmation, convention center maps, your schedule, and party tickets.

 

images5. Get the contact details for your booth rep
After you’ve got an appointment locked in, get the phone number for the person you’re scheduling with. If you’re running late or have other questions, it is often easier to text someone at a show than it is to email them.

 


We’ll be headed to PAX West soon, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for all of the latest convention news. logo

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Jenn Dariani (COO) – @JDariani
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Mel M. (Account Manager) – @rawrsnacks

On Our Way to PAX East 2016

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Convention season has officially kicked off (does it ever really end, though?), and OP Group is headed to PAX East! Here’s where you can find us and our clients at the show.


Panels

urlPre-Show MIT Lecture
Thursday Apr 21 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Join OP Group’s CEO Omeed Dariani, and popular variety streamer Ellohime, as they talk about e-sports, the gaming industry, and the business of streaming.

 

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Friday Apr 22 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Dropped Frames is back for their fourth PAX panel with itmeJP, CohhCarnage, and Ezekiel_III. Join the three streamers as they talk about their PAX experiences, games they’ve played so far, and whatever shenanigans the three have been up to during the weekend.

Untitled2The Real Waifus of Twitch
Saturday Apr 23 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Join us for stories, laughs, and life advice as we get an unfiltered look at the lives of streamers from the people that know them best: their significant others. Featuring Kora (Ellohime’s fiance), Mel (MrHappy1227’s girlfriend), and RustlingRose (partnered livestreamer and CobaltStreak’s girlfriend).

panel_480Save my Stream
Sunday Apr 24 3:00PM – 4:00PM

A group of experienced content creators will review questions from streamers who are trying to figure out what’s going wrong with their shows. Expect real advice and straight talk as we see whether or not these streams can be saved! Featuring CobaltStreak, GassyMexican, and Sevadus.


Meet & Greets

slack-imgsMeet your favorite streamers at the Twitch booth!

The New Game Plus team [CohhCarnage, Ezekiel_III, TangentGaming, EatMyDiction1, FuturemanGaming, Bikeman, Anthony_Kongphan, and Ellohime] will have their Meet & Greet on Sunday from 2:00PM – 3:30PM. Then, CobaltStreak will be meeting fans from 4:00PM – 5:30PM.

 


Gameplay, Tournaments, and More!

ellotourney_360Whether it is shoutcasting a game tournament or participating in one, you can catch some awesome streamers at various events every day of the convention.

While Ellohime shoutcasts the Overwatch tournament, you can also see TangentGaming go head to head with other streamers in Dungeon Boss and PJ Saltan. Looking for some gameplay? lolrenaynay and Angry Joe are going to defend the universe at the Battleborn booth. Or, get your fill of more competitive action as Ellohime and TangentGaming shoutcast ARK: Survival of the Fittest.


Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all of the latest from the convention, and we’ll see you in Boston! logo

OP Group – @op_group
Omeed Dariani (CEO) – @omeed
Jenn Dariani (Director of Operations) – @JDariani
Skyla Grimes (Account Manager) – @skylatron
Mel M. (Account Manager) – @rawrsnacks

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Angry Joe Show as New Client

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing Angry Joe and the Angry Joe Show.

Angry Joe is one of YouTube’s biggest stars, with almost 2.5 million subscribers. His biting humor, high production values and the fervent loyalty of his Angry Joe Army fuel some of the best content in the industry. Make no mistake – Joe tells it like it is. His work is not just memorable – it is unforgettable.

As Joe has grown, he has expanded The Angry Joe Show, which now includes Other Joe and Delrith. The channel recently launched on Twitch, where it is enjoying tremendous growth as a hilariously unpredictable variety show.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Angry Joe & cast can continue to focus on providing high quality video content and livestreaming entertainment to their growing community of fans.

The Secret Truth of NDAs: Five Reasons to Sign

secretOne of the most frequent documents that streamers ask me “is this ok to sign?” is a standard NDA. I always find this a little odd, because usually there’s no real useful information to review until after an NDA is signed. Recently, I’ve seen some advice floating around on NDAs that is plain wrong and in some cases potentially harmful!

NDA stands for “non-disclosure agreement.” It’s a standard business document where two parties (usually you and a potential sponsor) agree to keep certain information confidential. It doesn’t enter you into a contract or obligate you to work with a company in any way, it just covers how you will treat confidential information that they give you – mainly, that you’ll keep that information to yourself.

Nondisclosure agreements get signed all the time, for all sorts of reasons. In most cases, you shouldn’t hesitate to sign one. Here’s why:

  • The best opportunities require an NDA. If a major national brand is planning a huge, amazing marketing campaign that requires perfect precision, they want that information to stay secret. In most cases, you’ll never know about the biggest and most exciting opportunities unless you sign an NDA first.
     
  • It’s standard business practice. Keeping sensitive information to yourself is one of the most basic skills you’ll need to interact with businesses and sponsors. As a 17-year veteran of the gaming industry, I’m under literally thousands of NDAs. Being weird about signing an NDA signals at best that you’re unprofessional, and at worst that you’re not a good or trustworthy person to work with.
     
  • It’s not difficult. Sticking to an NDA is easy. Just keep quiet (no need to announce you’re under NDA with a company unless someone specifically asks you a question you aren’t allowed to answer), and keep confidential information to yourself. You’ll know information is confidential, because the company will say “this is confidential” or “this is under NDA.” If you’re ever unsure if something is confidential or not, you can always ask. When you share information that you consider confidential, you should make sure to let them know as well!
     
  • It provides access to inside information. When you sign a nondisclosure agreement, you agree to keep certain information secret – but that doesn’t mean you have to pretend the information doesn’t exist. You can use it to expand your understanding of the game industry, improve your broadcasting schedule, or even plan out a networking strategy.
     
  • It protects you. Most nondisclosure agreements apply to you and the company that’s asking you to sign it. Signing an NDA is a sign of good faith from both you and the other party that neither of you will inappropriately share confidential information. If you haven’t signed an NDA with a company, you should think twice about sharing sensitive information that you wouldn’t just want ‘out there’, including your home address, financial status, or future broadcasting plans.
     

There are, however, a few things to watch out for and be aware of in NDAs. First, an NDA typically shouldn’t prohibit you from sharing the information you receive with your lawyer, accountant, or business advisors. If it does, it could be a sign of shady dealings to come.

An NDA doesn’t obligate you to work with a company

Second, there’s a big difference between a mutual NDA (both parties keep each other’s info confidential) and a one-way NDA (you agree to keep someone else’s information confidential.) With a one-way NDA, the company you’re working with isn’t legally bound to keep anything you share confidential – so be careful not to provide any information that you’d feel uncomfortable having other people know.

Finally, as you become more successful, you may find yourself signing quite a few NDAs. You can make your life easier by keeping a running document listing companies, games, or projects you’ve signed NDAs on, and any notes on the specific information you’re supposed to keep confidential (including when the information will be made public & will be OK to talk about.) It’s a good reference document to have on hand if you’re ever unsure of what’s OK to say or not.

Hopefully this gives a little perspective on what an NDA is and why it’s perfectly normal to be asked to sign one. Keep in mind that all it does is make you & a company able to talk freely – there’s a good chance the opportunity you’re discussing may turn out to be a dud. (And if that’s the case, you’ll need to keep that confidential too!)

With any luck, if you keep these tips in mind, having an NDA land in your inbox will be a stepping stone, not a stumbling block!

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Professor Broman as New Client

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing Professor Broman, a livestreamer and member of the Wobblers stream team.

probrosquareProfessor Broman is one of the few Twitch streamers who can boast about holding a Guinness World Record in gaming. His accomplishments in Destiny are only rivaled by his good friend and collaborator King Gothalion.

While known primarily for his community-building work in Destiny, Professor Broman samples a variety of other games on his channel. His stream has a positive and educational bent, with many segments and features dedicated to helping people get better at games and streaming. He is a frequent commentator on streaming and the gaming industry, both online through his Streaming 101 podcasts, and offline in community meetups and public lectures.

Professor Broman is a core member of the Wobblers stream team and a passionate leader of his community.

We will be providing career development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Professor Broman can continue to focus on providing high quality livestreaming entertainment to his growing community of fans.