Q&A: We Three Kings of nAvTV – nAvTV

Q&A: We Three Kings of nAvTV

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nAvTV casters in action at the Telkom DGL 2014

nAvTV is a relatively fledgeling organisation – not even a year old. Forming as a breakaway of multigaming organisation nAv Gaming, we shifted our focus to eSports broadcasting in South Africa and assisting the promotion of eSports in the country. Here at nAVTV, we’ve enjoyed a successful start, thanks to a dedicated and resourceful management team.

Nathaneal “BurningRed” Slabbert, De Wet “RidditZ” Lombard-Bovéy and Devin “HellbirD” Rigotti make up the team that spearheads the nAvTV organisation and, with an explosive growth path sure to be in our future, they’re ready to take on all the challenges the eSports community in South Africa has to dish out.

We caught up with the team to ask them some questions about nAvTV, eSports in South Africa and where they see the organisation going in the future.

nAVTV:
What made you first think that starting an organisation like nAvTV was right for you?

BurningRed:
Looking at my age and personal commitments was the first thing. I felt that I couldn’t continue to play in top level gaming because of my personal life, being that I am a proud father now and a family man so my interest in promoting the title I played in seemed more applicable and became my new found focus.

RidditZ:
Well, being part of gaming clans for a long time and seeing what the international scene does with broadcasting organisations. I thought about making a cross-platform and cross-game broadcasting organisation here in SA. Seeing that the SA scene for each individual game is not as big as the international scene, the only option left was to include all gaming titles.

HellbirD:
To be honest, I was swept up in the idea. I initially got involved due to my ongoing aspirations as a caster – but during the process I realised we could do a great deal of good for the spectators, players, casters and community from this position. nAvTV seemed almost an act of fate though, I had good ties to the gaming team, nAv Gaming, and once I teamed up with RidditZ and BurningRed – nothing seemed too big or too small for us.

 

nAvTV:
Each title nAvTV streamed during the rage expo broke viewership records – what were those numbers, first of all, (if you have them) and how do you plan on building on that from here on out?

BurningRed:
With titles like LoL, BF4 and CS:GO, records were broken. 8500 concurrent viewers was on the grand final for CS which is a new record for a local streamed match in South Africa. Our plan to build on it will be to be more pro-actively involved with big players in the CS:GO title like HLTV.org and CS:GO Lounge.

The biggest credit should be given to the production staff, Fred Henning, Devon Rautenbach and Lee Logan.

RidditZ:
I dont have those numbers off hand. I do know that CS went CRAZY for the finals. pulling way over 8000 viewers for a local game was fantastic.

In Dota. we had roughly 700 in-game viewers split between all the games with an average of roughly 200 viewers for all my casts. Starting from January next year I will be casting a lot of international matches and have been asked to cast international matches by some big overseas names.

HellbirD:
Well I think the particularly big item here was the CS:GO cast with around 8,000+ unique viewers – pretty huge. I also think though that the amount of live spectators at the event were worth noting. I really want to see it made a lot easier and more accessible for individuals to purely spectate and enjoy games. We know it’s fun being hands on involved – but for those who do simply want to sit back live at the show and enjoy, it should be easier and more frequent.

 

nAvTV:
What other areas of eSports do you want nAvTV to get into?

BurningRed:
I think our focus would be to improve the current titles even more, but also leave room for newer titles such as Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, Racing Games like Track Mania and Grand Turismo. Also focusing on the console casting.

RidditZ:
I honestly think we will start having tournaments run through us. Not by us (even though we have our own tournaments we run) but that most eSports tournaments in SA will be run through nAvTV. so nAvTV will become the centre piece for gaming news and competitive results.

On top of this. We are going to be doing some huge things moving forward at some LANs next year. All I am going to say is. “CentreFold” – take that as you wish.

HellbirD:
I’d really like to see a major multi-platform nAvTV Invitational Tournament. Watch this space.

 

nAvTV casters doing their thing at the NGL 2014

nAvTV casters doing their thing at the NGL 2014

nAvTV:
If you could travel back in time to the very first day of nAvTV and have 10 minutes with your former self, are there any lessons that you’ve learnt since then that you could communicate to save yourself some headaches?

BurningRed:
I don’t think I would want to do it differently. I think all the hard times we have had have been invaluable to our growth as an organization. I believe we still have many challenges that await us, but with the right mindset and dedication of all the members, we will overcome them with minimal impact.

RidditZ:
Get a faster internet line ASAP. As well as “Strike while the iron is hot” we really have done some amazing things over the past few months, but we have also slipped up on a few which could’ve taken us even further. The long hours and sleepless nights – I could’ve done maybe a bit more and had 1 extra long night and got more out of it.

HellbirD:
That’s a brilliant question, honestly I’d probably advise my younger self to spend a little extra quality time with my better half… Hey, we are human too right?

 

nAvTV:
How did you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

BurningRed:
I think our biggest thing is the ability to produce the best production value possible with what we had. Also our team vibe is great between all the casters, which really shined out this weekend at the DGC.

RidditZ:
I am a pure entertainment caster and I mostly cast solo which is not common anymore. But my fans enjoy it – even if I cast a 65 min game I still keep it entertaining. And to be honest., I cant stop talking. I also have my Afrikaans followers that helped me get started and that is where the Term “Currie Cup Dota” comes from. I had english viewers that hardly spoke afrikaans tell me they love listening to me cast Afrikaans.

Even though I cast mostly English now I keep the same passion and commentary style when I cast my DoTA matches.

HellbirD:
I truly believe that every member of nAvTV is an irreplaceable part of what nAvTV has become, I try as best I can to promote that ideal within our team and I think that mentality drives us to go a little further and a little bolder than we considered possible individually.

 

nAvTV:
What habits have helped build nAvTV’s credibility?

BurningRed:
Dedication, tenacity and the ability to make something out of nothing.

RidditZ:
Honesty and Hard work. Now you can say they aren’t habits but they are. If you lie often, it becomes a habit. If you are honest and straight forward, it becomes a habit. Same goes for hard work – always being open about what our plans are. Letting everyone know and working HARD to get it done. Some plans have failed but because of the hard work and honesty people didn’t care and we moved on to the next plans. But we have always let everyone know what’s going on.

HellbirD:
Coffee and insomnia. In all seriousness, nothing beats gold old fashioned hard work and we are fortunate enough to have people willing to put the long hours in.

 

nAvTV:
Everyone embarking on a project like this is going to have the occasional moment of doubt. How do you push yourself to rise above those moments?

BurningRed:
I think credit should be given to all the members in nAvTV. Everyone is extremely positive even if things get tough. Also I think the best thing is our spectators that help us through the tough moments.

RidditZ:
Yeah this is a tough one. Everyone will at some point or other just want to rest – just give up for a month and put their head back and get some sleep in. But as soon as you hit this point the entire nAvTV community gets behind you and carries you. And it is at times like this that huge things have happened for us which gives you that liiiiitle boost to continue.

A big shoutout to all the casters, production guys, writers, content producers and nAvTV friends. They push you past your doubts. It’s not yourself. You can’t do it yourself. It is the momentum and commitment from every single person at nAvTV, and the friendship that came with meeting them…

HellbirD:
Actually… I’ve never doubted in nAvTV and what we would achieve. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the response across the board. The dream is real.

 

We would like to thank the nAvTV management team for spending some time with us and giving us their thoughts on the future of nAvTV and where the organisation isgoing.

The nAvTV management team can be contacted using the contact form here or by emailing [email protected] They welcome any and all comments and feedback and encourage potential sponsors and partners to get in touch with them.

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    B4d R0b0t Reply
    Oct 17, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    This is just the start 🙂

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    DeWet Lombard-Bovéy Reply
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 19:25 pm

    Oh yes 🙂
    Big things coming. booya. hehe
    And Im not talking about me ego. we all know its already too big.

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