Profiled: Ventus Gaming [SA Gaming Clan]

Logo_Revised_1With over five years of history, Ventus Gaming is not a new organisation in South Africa eSports, but it looks like they’re planning to push harder this year than any other in their existence, with expanding titles and expanding platforms.

So what better time than now to get better acquainted with the brand and their plans.

Hello. Introduce yourself to the readers. Go on.

Hi there, my name is Gavin-Ray “RushME” Nelson, brand builder and public relations manager for Ventus Gaming.

When did the clan form?

We formed in 2009. [More information: According to their Wikipedia page, the clan was “founded in 2009 by Pieter Venter…” and “officially launched on the 28th of March 2010.” – Undead Ed]

What is your platform (or platforms) of choice?

I wouldn’t say we have a ‘platform of choice’ but we only had PC teams, only recently acquiring a team to represent us on console.

What games does the clan enjoy?

We play all the main titles in the Telkom Gaming League, namely Call of Duty (Xbox and PC), Dota 2, League of Legends and CS: GO.

How was the clan’s name chosen?

Cyrus wanted to follow the trend set out by other early MGOs such as Eminent and Pantheon, using Latin/Greek words. So he looked through a Latin dictionary looking for a word that sounds good, easy to say and has a meaning that we can identify with. Then Ventus was found, the Latin word for wind – because just like wind we are calm and silent, but can come out of nowhere and create havoc. Being the underdogs (brand new when we formed of course), it seemed fitting. That is also how the slogan was formed, “The invisible force”.

Who are the leaders of the clan and what is the clan’s organisational structure like?

The owner of Ventus is Pieter “Cyrus” Venter , he has been around for a while so I’m pretty sure that name will sound familiar to some.

  • Cyrus mainly focuses on sponsor relations, the website and general management of Ventus.
  • I myself handle all the social media networks, public relations and help recruit possible teams to represent Ventus.
  • Darryn “ziEK” handles the website and also helps write articles for the website, he is also our graphics designer.

Ventus Xero_01What prompted Ventus to acquire a console Call of Duty team?

We moved into console as it is growing rapidly. There is a whole community that is untouched by MGOs. The console community is huge so it made sense to expand into console to get more exposure. We have been considering this for quite a while but never made a rash decision to do so, but as we were looking XeroFracture popped us an email wanting to discuss a possible partnership so you could say it was meant to be. 😉

What is each (Xero Fracture and Ventus) expecting from each other from this arrangement?

We both expect to improve and build the brand that is Ventus. XeroFracture has a strong ambition and they truly want to be the best. They are active on social media and are well known in the console industry. Where as we have a solid background and platform to work from. So we came to a conclusion that both of us have the same drive and will to succeed, so it was the perfect match.

How many members do you have? Keen to give out their names, credit card details and ID numbers?  Alright, only names will do.

We currently have about 39 members , so me giving out everyone’s names will just bore people to death. I’d rather do this… www.dogamingleague.co.za/clan/ventus

How often do you play together as a clan?

Our teams practice roughly about 3-5 hours a day and for 4-5 days a week, give or take. That’s a lot of Mountain Dew and Doritos!

Do you consider yourselves a competitive clan, or one in it more for “the shits and giggles”?

Definitely a competitive clan, our standards have always been high. All our teams are currently in the premier division. We took the summer leg to finalize our rosters and to find our feet. Winter is coming.

Has the clan participated in many tournaments? Which? Won any?

Only few Orena tournaments , DGL and the Join Dota League. And then rAge (NGL) which our Dota team attended. The Dota 2 team placed 4th at NGL and our Call of Duty team went undefeated during DGL for Black Ops 1, also winning the online finals. Last year we took things slow, this year we are going massive!

[In the early days, Ventus also took several tournaments including “DGC 2010 Call of Duty 4, various DGL legs in different games. We also won Polarfluke, OC LANs, Premier Pandamodium, CODZA community cups and various others.”]

Is attending LANs important to the clan and its members?

It would’ve been important if there were actually LANs to attend. At a stage there was a LAN almost every second weekend. Now there’s literally maybe one in 5 months if you’re lucky. Not to mention only one big LAN event every year (rAge). If we want to grow competitive esports in South Africa we need to hold more LAN events during the year. And that means for every competitive title! That being said the prizes should also be worth if for gamers in different regions to fly down depending on where the venue is.

Are you guys actively recruiting for new players? If so, how should a potential member   contact you and how do you decide on who is right to join you?

We tend to stick with the core players, so the teams can work on their chemistry. Although if you are the weak link, you might just get replaced. We aren’t actively looking for players but we might be looking at an extra team in a certain title – not going to say anything now though! If you feel you have what it takes, and you can help contribute to the brand please send me a email at gavin@ventus.pro. I’m always keen for new talent, be it writing, graphics design or a team etc.

What are you hoping to achieve in the future as a clan?

Ultimately we want to win DGC in all respected titles. This year top 4 finishes would be nice.

Which opposing clan(s) do you most respect?

Bravado has always been the main opposing clan. Energy eSports are another candidate. I would mainly say those two.

In regards to professional – or competitive gaming (or even gaming in general) – what do you as a clan think needs to be done to raise the profile of South African gaming?

Branding and interacting with the community I feel is the most important. You need to build up a good fan base and following in order to grow more into a business. With that being said social media is so important nowadays. I also feel that (although not always) you have to do good/great in all competitive titles, that will make people take notice of you and the more your name pops up the more interested they are in you. Streaming would be an epic way to build up a good following but unfortunately only a handful of people in SA are capable of streaming in high quality. So all of these reflect one another, it doesn’t help you do the best in all the gaming titles but you’re social media is like the underworld – and vice versa. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Some fun stuff: 

If you weren’t a gaming clan you’d be…

a Doritos distributor

War movie that best describes the clan?

Troy

If you guys had a music soundtrack for going to war, what would it be?

Stand Up (For the Champions) – Right Said Fred

Thanks for your time – is there anything you would like to add before you head off?

I would like to say thank you to our sponsors Corsair Gaming, Frontosa and Divinco for the ongoing support albeit so early in the partnership. And the most important – all our fans that keep track of what we do on social media and in game. You are the best!

Contact Information:

WebsiteTwitter (Ventus Gaming) | Twitter (Ventus Xero) | Facebook
Email: info@ventus.pro | gavin@ventus.pro | pieter@ventus.pro

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