Month: April 2013

CC AU vs Very Bad – Semi Final Clash

cc_auAs you may already know, CC have recently expanded to Australia in the form of a brand new CC team (CC AU) who will be playing their first match under the CC moniker in a few days time (Sunday 28th April) versus the team known as “Very Bad”. Here’s @Hayze with the lowdown on the showdown:

“Myself and the team are feeling fairly confident about the upcoming semi-final against vb. Recent we have been making great improvements to our game and have been working hard to round off our season to get the results we aim for. On the other side, word is that vb themselves haven’t been practising as of late as well. But who can argue with results? The last time these two teams met in an official vb stomped us 0-5, 4-3 on granary and viaduct respectively. This time around it will be snakewater, badlands and a process decider so it should be a good game.”

I’d like to urge all CC members who are available to tune in and support the guys, we’ll have a mumble bot set up and the game will also be casted on GreaverTV at around 13:00 CET on Sunday 28th April

In other news, the CC Youtube has started to get into the groove of things and is nearing 1k subscribers. Heres a few examples of what we have to offer:

Crack Clan Australia

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As CC yellow begin to settle into their stride and the Crack Clan Store begins to bubble, it’s a good time for a new addition to the Crack Clan family. The Australian scene is the most vibrant group of TF2 aficionado’s in existence (after Europe & NA), boasting a number of different leagues, LAN’s and events. After months of careful consideration CC have decided to welcome CC AU to the fold, a passionate and dedicated group of individuals who have a lot to give. Here’s team leader Hayze for the lowdown:

“As a close follower of the European scene, I have always been aware of Crack Clan’s existence but never knew how much more there was to the team and what they wanted to achieve for themselves and the community. So we are very excited to become a part of it all and look forward to showing the rest of the world what Australia has to offer” cc//hayze, team leader

CC AU are @hayze @pishk @custardo @Omen @jangbanger @Francis. @Theyleon, a close-knit squad of grizzled TF2 veterans who have been enjoying some hard-earned success in the OWL & ozfortress leagues. The core of the team has been around for just over a year and theres been a recent infusion of new blood to take their game higher. Here’s dox for his motives behind the pickup:

“It’s already hard not to get too excited by the prospect of realizing true ’round-the-clock competitive gaming, but debuting a new initiative on a new continent is just exhilarating. Adding the compound effect of the personalities involved, the effort they’re putting in and the vision we share for involvement in the TF2 community at large makes for a compelling start! I’m really excited and genuinely feel lucky to find that our current campaign to raise the TF2 bar is opening doors to meet people like this; following the global Crack Clan story this season is going to be a handful!” cc//dox, CEO of CC

As much as they’d love to play all of their games in our mumble, 300 ping makes reactive calls difficult and latency/connection issues plain troublesome. I’ve been assured they will pour all of their non-comp time into the CC united mumble, so if you see any of them lurking around give them a warm welcome and get to know them a little.

In other news, ex-CC Blue scout LilCeder has made the jump over to Purple and will be starting for them full-time; with ETF2L season 15 looming just around the corner, it’s never been a better time to bolster their squad and hopefully their cohesion and success will respond quickly. Provisional divisions are out Friday and should give all of the European CC teams a good indication of what to expect over the coming months.

Crack Clan General Round Up

cc_general_round_upIt’s been a while since I tried to provide an update that covers the widest angle, so after getting the store launched and while still holding on tight to the incredible stuff going on our YouTube channel like our TF2 Close-Up series and Bloopers there’s a bunch more going on yet..

This weekend we’ve got @Admirable and @panzer-xiii ‘casting for charity with the Tip of the Hats fundraiser which seeks to support One Step Camp and give some kids with cancer a friend-filled camping experience. There’s a great schedule of activity and list of giveaways which you can participate in by heading over to their twitch channel all weekend long –- we’re involved even a bit more deeply with our prem squad staging an exhibition match against the newly sponsored North American TF2 HRG squad which you won’t want to miss!

cc_dayzBut it’s not all about TF2, we’ve also got a pretty mind-spinning range of activity going on including DayZ which is getting some pretty serious attention from some of our community, @Poncho @killer87 and @FroztyReaper have created a successful service instance which involves a little bit of monsters, a bunch of role playing and a heck of a lot of customization. We launched a DayZ portal that goes in to much more detail and gives you the ability to apply so that you too can participate! Check it out — as seen on thekenburtonshow The Best DayZ Servers!

It’s also interesting how (once most people got Bioshock out of their systems) we’ve returned to taking on titles we’ve really liked in the past and give them a breath of fresh air, this may be the reality going a few months forward without big releases on our collective radars..?

minecraft@Essexboy launched a Minecraft / Feed The Beast server which is holding up well and has a fair bit of cc// running around, moving blocks and discovering the amazing things the mod has to offer. We’re always open to meeting more gamers that have a wide variety of interests, including Minecraft, so if you’ve bumped in to our site somehow and are looking for a group to chill out (and/or compete with!) then please read about us and check out the joining page.

A recent deal held on Battlefield 3’s Premium Pack has also had some of us return to trade fire across what is now 29 maps and 15 game modes and the usual cacophony of warfare which has proven to be more enjoyable than it was back when we supported competitive rosters in the area.

Chivalry -- ouchThere’s still rounds of Chivalry going on though the competitive side of it has been put down, we also laid our GW2 Guild to rest this week after a bit of a mixed experience with the MMO title. Last night I re-visited Red Orchestra 2 across the ocean along with long-time cc//RO members @French and Goal and had a blast with the new game mode and can’t help but wonder where the game would be now if it were released in its current state – it almost seems inevitable that we should organize some kind of RO2 reunion..

Beyond that, there’s some poking around with the Company of Heroes 2 beta and even a bit of a venture in to F2P title Warframe with folks like @Shaddowmaster @Bradders @sh00rs1gn and more ganging up to kills swarms of baddies together.

Last but not least, plans are kicking off for summer activities including another i-series event in the UK and a possible return to Canada for another unique clan Gathering, this time with a wilderness vs urban theme! Along with the usual hilarity, existential discussions and random DJing in our VOIP server I’m glad to say that almost 15 years later it’s still hard to find a dull moment here at Crack Clan!

Crack Clan Store Launch

cc_store_opensRaising funds and generating revenue for e-sports initiatives is an often elusive pursuit, providing an easily-accessible downfall for any budding organisation. The well trodden path consists of a dazzling myriad of available options such as seeking sponsorship, assembling mega teams; rolling the dice to pull tournament winnings, or as we’ve seen recently, push toward crowd funding and hope that you receive enough donations in order to achieve your goals.

The expenses at Crack Clan are not unlike most others: web/game/VOIP servers, travel, event tickets, accommodations and so on. When we sat down to explore our revenue generation options we had to ask some hard questions..

..are donation buttons really the only reliable way to pay for things? ..is crowd-funding, the way we see it in TF2 right now, just e-panhandling? ..can we provide better value for contributors money?

Framing these types of questions within our drive to raise the community/e-sports bar in terms of experience and expectation brought an answer we’d like to introduce to you today: it’s not brilliant, it’s not a new idea, it requires more effort than other solutions, but we think it delivers..

It is our pleasure to announce the Crack Clan Store, a way that you can support the organization and also receive something tangible that’s cool or fun and arrives at your doorstep as soon as shipping allows – with 100% of the profit going straight back in to operating budget.

We’ll be trying to roll out quality items as time progresses and are also keen on hearing your feedback and ideas as to what we should/shouldn’t be doing with this! Here’s a few items you can expect to find at the store:

Limited Edition TF2 Mug, featuring headshots of our current prem lineup Crack Community Mug with every active member represented (as of April 1st, 2013) Crack Shot Glass for celebrating those wins with your team mates
Crack Fortress Mug 2 Crack Community Mug Crack Shot

..as well as hoodies, notebooks and more! We’d also like to invite all of you to sign up for our spam-free mailing list which we will use to occasionally inform you of significant events/items that have to do with Crack Clan!

We hope these find you well and would like to thank you for continuing to participate in our online adventures! Click through the jump to see some more photos!