Jack “JackLovesLamp” Counts, 21, is a general management student in the business school at the University of Oklahoma. Born and raised a gamer, Jack started with children’s puzzle games like Freddy Fish and was basically taught to read by the Pokemon handheld games. He didn’t discriminate based on console, playing games on most every system (Xbox, Playstation, GameCube, Dreamcast), but his first PC gaming experience with Steam in high school got him more into PC gaming. He got involved with League of Legends earlier than most, entering the game in its alpha stage. [Read more…]
“Cricket? Nobody understands cricket! You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket!” – Raphael, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990
Much like the iconic quote from Raphael, Chad “Crickett” Crockett is an enigma to those outside of his inner circle. Born in Tulsa, Okla., and raised in Stillwater, Okla., measuring in at 5 feet 3 inches tall, Chad’s demeanor is quiet and contemplative, but not to be confused with meek. His personality is inviting and friendly, but stern enough to make him an effective admin of the Oklahoma League of Legends Facebook page, where he served from Fall 2013 – Summer 2016. As an early contributor to the growth and success of the OKLOL page, Chad fits the profile of those worthy to be featured as a Summoner Spotlight.
Chad, 26, started playing video games before he could even walk – who needs walking when you can have a controller in your hand? His older brother, Shane, cultivated his love of video games starting with the original Nintendo, and his console days continued until his pre-teen years. Chad and Shane saved up for their first computers early on, and since then, things have never been the same. [Read more…]
Every epic tale has its beginning; a story of overcoming adversity and conquering challenges, a young hero realizing their potential, and the tale of the Oklahoma League of Legends community is no different.
In the beginning, there was chaos. A free-for-all forum with no sense of direction. Negligent administrators. A deprived player base. This was what the 600-member “Oklahoma League of Legends Players” community had been given. In an effort to bring League to the local scene, OKgamers and Cody Willmon, LoL tournament coordinator for HxC Gaming Events at the time, announced a gaming event and the first League tournament in the state at a small college in Tulsa, Okla., called “Saturday Reboot.” It was this event that would spark a change, all with the help of Landon “Deadi” Carroll, who would later become the head administrator of the new dawn.Only a week before the event, planning was thrown in to chaos by the hosting venue backing out. With Landon fielding two teams from his personal community, United as [ONE] Gaming, he couldn’t let his community’s first live event fall flat. He contacted the organizer, Saif Khan, who, by a stroke of organizational genius, managed to arrange a new venue by raising funds through a Kickstarter-style fundraiser. With additional help from a sponsorship from Tokyo in Tulsa, the event went off without any major bumps in the road. [Read more…]
The story of the Oklahoma League of Legends Facebook group wouldn’t exist today without the assistance of Thinh “IEATLEGOS” Dinh. As one of the first admins of the OKLOL group, it’s only fitting that Thinh would be the first feature of the Summoner Spotlight Series, a new collection of stories focused on members of the OKLOL group.
Thinh, 28, has been a gamer since childhood. Some of his earliest gaming memories were playing on the Sega Genesis, but once his family picked up a PC, he never went back to console gaming. His passion for online gaming started around 1999, a year after the first StarCraft game by Blizzard was released. It was then he first created Mystik Gaming, a competitive team made up of his close friends.
“I remember waking up early and trying to muffle the dial-up sounds to get some games in before having to leave for school,” Thinh said. “Thinking back on it, I got in so much trouble just trying to play video games. It was an addictive experience to be able to play with people all over the world, and you just couldn’t get that on consoles back in the day. As for creating Mystik, it was just another way my friends and I could bond. When we recruited members, we didn’t care if they were good for the most part, we just cared about attitudes. I still keep in touch with an online friend from Michigan I met through the game, and I got the privilege of attending his wedding in 2015!” [Read more…]
The Oklahoma League of Legends community has seen its fair share of growth and decline, starting from humble beginnings to boasting an almost 2,000 current member population. But something new has made its way on to the OKLoL scene, breathing new life in to the stagnant group and leading to a jump in activity: The Oklahoma League Championship Series.
The OKLCS, an online League of Legends tournament scene, started with two college freshman, Jack Counts and Alex Tu, attending various League tournaments across the state. They lurked on the OKLoL Facebook page, posting here and there and gradually became more involved as time went on. After attending multiple tournaments and gaining experience within the tournament scene, the pair knew something was missing.
“We saw the Oklahoma League of Legends scene as a whole growing, and with the growth of competitive teams, the venues around the state were unable to keep up,” Alex said. “There just isn’t enough time in the day for one game at a time with a double-elimination format with the number of teams that were showing up. There was an outcry in the OKLOL community about the quality of LAN tournaments. That’s when the idea of having an online tournament structure came about.” [Read more…]