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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

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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
Skyla Grimes (Account Manager) – @skylatron
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.

OP Group: Year One

One year ago today, I sat down at breakfast with a few folks in Boston and told them that I was starting a management company for livestreamers. Later in the day, our website launched and we quietly became a real company. I had no idea where the Online Performers Group would head from there. It was exciting.

The work, of course, had begun months before that, as had conversations with our first two clients, CohhCarnage and Ellohime. It was in large part because of their encouragement, feedback and faith that the OP Group now is growing faster than we can hire people. A big thanks to the two of them for their patience and willingness to take a risk on a new idea.

For the first several months, we solidified our processes and began to answer some of the most difficult questions in the business of livestreaming. Bringing on Barry, with his broad understanding of the technology of streaming and Jenn, with her background in data analysis and deep understanding of online communities, has been a tremendous advantage. And a big thanks to Skyla, who has been with us since Day 1!

We’ve still got a long way to go as a team and a company, but the amount we’ve learned – statistically and business-wise – is staggering. As we celebrate our 1-year anniversary at OPG HQ, I wanted to share a few of the lessons we’ve picked up along the way.

Livestreamers want:

Simplicity. For one major launch, where there was no money involved, the company provided a fifteen-page, 12MB PDF outlining what could and couldn’t be streamed on various days. It was so complex that many streamers responded with the same question: “when can we stream this without getting in trouble?”

Achievability. We routinely see deals for unknown or unproven games that require a 15+ hour commitment to the game. That’s a long time, even if the game is good. Streamers don’t want to take deals like this because they’re afraid they can’t live up to the commitment.

Authenticity. Though we have yet to see a promotion for a game explicitly request or require a streamer to be positive about the game, streamers worry that their audiences will view them as sellouts.

Respect. While companies are starting to understand the tremendous impact that success on Twitch represents for their games, they struggle to understand that, within their communities, livestreamers are every bit as famous as any celebrity.

Companies want:

Creativity. Anyone can stream a game or put a sponsor’s logo on their page. What are you going to do to make it memorable? Why is your channel worth providing sponsorship support to, while thousands of others are not?

Flexibility. Sponsored streaming (whether through direct sponsorship or in-kind payment via product keys) is often the tip of the sword for marketing. They want it to start as soon as the game is ready. Of course, games often have hiccups, server issues or bugs in the first few hours or days of a launch. Companies are thrilled to know that you’re able to adjust to these bumps in the road.

Passion. While a lot of streamers could successfully promote a product or a game, companies are looking for people who know their products and have a history with them. They’re nervous that a streamer may tear into their product or game – so someone who has liked previous iterations is more likely to receive it well.

Professionalism. It may sound silly, but answering emails in a timely manner, getting paperwork signed quickly and even sending a follow-up or thank you can mean the world to a publisher who is trying to wrangle fifty streamers all at once.

As we move into year 2 as a company, we’re setting our objectives as a team. We’ve had a great first year – and 2016 is already beating my expectations, in terms of excellent partners we’re working with and amazing new talent that we’re representing. As we continue to grow this year, I hope we can continue educating the industry, preventing the exploitation of talent, multiplying the number of opportunities and helping to define this business more precisely.

It’s an exciting time – and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

OP Group Pleased to Announce EatMyDiction1 As New Client

We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing EatMyDiction1, a livestreamer and member of the Cohhilition stream team.

dictionEatMyDiction (the 1 is silent) is one of the pioneers of variety streaming. Broadcasters have been influenced by his unique blend of experimental games, comedic interaction, rage-induced shouting, dancing for charity and cat appreciation for the past five years.

He plays tons of games, sampling over 200 in the past year, with an average playtime of around seven hours. His experience with so many titles gives him the ability to discuss the game industry in great depth, as well as provide sage advice to publishers and developers. He stars on one of Twitch’s longest running shows, F***ed Up Friday.

We will be providing career development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that EatMyDiction can focus on providing high quality livestreaming entertainment to his growing fan base.

Are You OP? We’re Hiring!

It’s shaping up to be a busy year at OP Group! Our clients are doing amazing things – and we’ve been fielding inquiries from some amazing partners. As we look ahead, it’s clear that we will need to increase the size of our team to keep up with demand and ensure that our growing roster of clients is as thrilled as they are today!

I’m happy to announce that we’re opening up three new positions at OP Group: Account Manager, Account Coordinator and Production Consultant. The details on the jobs can be found below.

These positions will be based out of our office in San Diego, CA, where the commute to TwitchCon is very, very short. Aside from the clear value of living in America’s Finest City, our full-time employees enjoy paid holidays, paid time off, flexible working hours and health care benefits.

If you feel that you’d be a strong candidate for any of these roles, please follow the instructions on the job description and get in touch!

ACCOUNT MANAGER
This entry-to-midlevel position requires excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills. Serving as one of the key points of contact on our team, the account manager will act as the first touch point for their portfolio of livestreamers, ensuring that they have what they need, understand any sponsorship obligations they have and are generally happy and successful. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and any supporting materials.  [Read More…]
ACCOUNT COORDINATOR
This entry-level position requires excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills. The account coordinator will work across the entire team to ensure that projects are properly assigned, that clients’ needs are being quickly addressed and that the OP Group office is properly supplied and functional.  [Read More…]
PRODUCTION CONSULTANT
This entry-to-midlevel position requires a thorough knowledge of online broadcasting, including technical and community-oriented best practices. A successful production consultant will be able to troubleshoot live issues with broadcasts, as well as provide consultative services to improve our clients’ show experiences.  [Read More…]

OP Group Pleased to Announce lolRenaynay As New Client

renee2We are pleased to announce that the Online Performers Group is now representing lolRenaynay, a livestreamer and member of the Main Menu stream team.

Renée (as she’s known to her fans) has been creating content for the past seven years and is closing in on one million fans across her influencer platforms – YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch. Though she is known as one of the most passionate Fallout streamers – with the tattoos to prove it – Renée streams a huge range of games, from open-world sandboxes to competitive shooters and indie darlings. As one of the most influential performers in the livestreaming community, Renée’s shows are often imitated, but never matched. In addition to being a core member of Main Menu, she stars on one of Twitch’s longest running shows, F***ed Up Friday.

We will be providing career development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that lolRenaynay can focus on providing high quality livestreaming entertainment to her growing fan base.