Welcome to WellPlayed 2.0

Written by PhilPhoenix
Sep 07 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

WellPlayed has been around for over a year now, and the eSports scene has changed a lot since then. We are an ambitious lot here; we wanted our site to be everything for everyone all the time. What that left us with was a site that was good at a lot of things, but not great at any one thing. As we continued working, we were able to recruit a small but fierce team of people who loved eSports of all kinds. As the months went by, we began to realize that we had two elements of our site that stood out: articles and stream viewing. With WPTV we had created a strong platform for viewers to watch an enormous variety of streamed content. With our writing we had found a unique voice and point of view within the eSports community. Our site had great content, but we weren’t set up to highlight it. There was no easy way to find the work we were putting out, nor was there an easy way to cultivate a platform for the community at large to participate. That needed to change.

That brings us to WellPlayed 2.0. A site designed from the ground up to become a steady source of quality content for the eSports community. There are a lot of groups providing coverage right now; some of it is written and some of it is recorded, and much of it is in the same vein. On the one end of the spectrum there are in-depth match recaps being written on sites like Team Liquid, and on the other there are the beginnings of true eSports investigative journalism through ESFI World and others. We want to fit right in the middle. Some days we might dabble on the either end of the spectrum, but right now with our manpower we can’t sustain either of those models. So instead we’ll just write. About what we like, what interests us, what we think matters. We invite you to read and comment, and from that our goal is to learn and improve.

The ultimate goal is quality over quantity. We won’t rush to a headline if we don’t have anything to contribute. WP 2.0 will have the flexibility to allow us to respond quickly if we have something to say, but we won’t use that solely to drive traffic. Substance is our prime directive. We are looking at organizations like the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and Penny Arcade Report as our inspiration. We want to bring how they do what they do to eSports as best we can. It won’t happen overnight, but we want to start working on it and see where it goes, and with your help, we’ll get there.

We’re hoping this will be the beginning of more great things from WellPlayed. Coming soon will be a redesign for WellPlayed TV (which is of course integrated into our redesign) to improve the UI, stream sorting, and overall accessibility. We’d also like to get back to our roots and start running events, so look for more about that in the not-too-distant future.

Do you want to have your voice heard in the eSports community? WellPlayed is looking for skilled and motivated eSports aficionados who want to write articles! If you have an article you want to share, please email your pitch to [email protected].