State Of The Nation 2019
On November 21, 2018 I officially founded SWAT Nation with high hopes of uniting all SWAT players around a special community. I wanted to create a space where everyone could have fun, compete, feel welcome and safe. I started it secretly a couple of months before the announcement. The first step was setting up the website, social accounts, and asking for help from some of our beloved team members. I wanted to have all of that ready before pitching the idea to NapTimez, and trying to convince him to support it.
You might be asking why I started SWAT Nation? There’s not a single answer to that question. To elaborate, I did it because I’ve never felt so good about a game and the people playing it. I’m talking about Halo 5 SWAT specifically, as it’s technically my first Halo multiplayer-wise. I’ve made such good friends through it, and saw the passion SWAT players had towards the game. I wanted to channel that shared passion into something unique.
When I got NapTimez and Nafburger to validate the idea behind this project, I decided it was time to go all-in. Naf created the logo, and we dropped the bomb. The reception was overwhelming, so we decided to commit to it. We started welcoming all SWAT players that shared the same ideals of positivity, kindness, and fierce competition.
We started growing. This was the beginning of the best SWAT tournaments in the history of Halo. All of this run and funded by the community itself. The feeling of belonging from our members quickly developed. We started cherishing the community so much more. It’s been amazing to see all the new friendships that have been forming, and the new rivalries in the Arena out of friendly competition. People were playing together, growing and improving. Seeing everybody welcome new members without any judgement towards rank, experience, etc. The community has always been about positivity, and we pride ourselves on that.
Growing also meant that we needed additional hands to help with organizing everything. From graphic assets, to social account management and moderation, to tournament setup, and map customization. We got to the point where we had to add more people to the team. We welcomed Mark, Karley, Hayley, and Heaven. We’re very happy to have them as part of our administration. Their unique contributions have made all of this a reality. Thanks so much folks. We’re getting to that point where we’ll probably need some additional help. Please check out our social channels, we’ll be posting some open positions soon.
We’ve learned a lot along the way. We’ve faced challenges and difficult situations that needed action to be taken. We’ve done everything we could to address all issues during tourneys and with the community. Nobody is exempt of making mistakes, but we’ve owned them, and learned from them. Difficult decisions were made, always for the community’s well-being. This has made us stronger and better. We’re always looking to move forward, driven by our passion and integrity.
As of the writing of this post, we’ve hosted 13 tournaments so far. We’ve given out an approximate $6,575.75 USD in prize money. We held the first-ever ladies-only SWAT tourney. It had an amazing turnout. We watched some very spicy matches, and great content by the ladies. Our doors are now open to the Snipers community. We’ll be hosting our first-ever Snipers tourney as well. Can’t wait to see all the display of skill and flashy plays during this one.
Giving back and helping others in need, is something that I always look forward to. I want to make this a core part of our community principles. We held our first charity-based tourney in January: Swat4Life. We raised $859.38 USD. 100% of the funds went straight to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. This was the charity chosen by the tournament winners. There’s nothing better than playing SWAT for a good cause. We’re definitely looking forward to hosting more of these. Expect news about this soon. Thanks for your generosity and noble hearts.
We’ll continue to grow as a close-knit family. Can’t wait to share all of our plans for the future. We’ll keep hosting a ladies-only tourney every other month. Our monthly tourneys will continue to happen, catering all types of SWAT game variety. We want to encourage people from all backgrounds and experience to participate. We’re always listening to you and your ideas and trying to embrace as many as we can. They never go into deaf ears. You’ll soon hear from a big project born from a community-pitched idea. Something that will change the way you see and play SWAT. We’re still ironing out all the details, so when we announce it, it will shake the ground around you.
I’ll share some of the current under-development projects with you, so you can have an idea of where we’re heading towards as Infinite comes closer. I’m developing a mobile application for iOS and Android for the community. I’m scoping it to include features like in-app account creation, chat, tourney sign-ups, Xbox/Halo profile integrations, digital badges, trophies, and achievements. Also a fully-fleshed-out team finder, and leaderboards. It’s an ambitious project that I’m creating on my off-work hours. This will be available for all iOS and Android devices soon. Don’t currently have a set launch-window, but it will take a couple of months at least.
Mark has also been working some engineering magic, and we’re very close to having a fantastic online score-reporting system that’s easy-to use and removes the hassle of having to hunt down chat messages and whispers. It’s currently in its infant stages, but it’s looking amazing. I think you’re all going to love it once we launch it.
Yes, more merchandise is coming too. The selection of SWAT Nation swag and apparel that you can get to rep your community will be expanding. We love the current offering, but we’ve listened and we’re going to add more items soon.
A Mixer stream steam was also created. Many of our members stream on Mixer, and we wanted to provide them with a space to represent the community, while creating amazing content and experiences through the platform. If you want to be part of the Mixer stream team, message me your Mixer username, and I’ll be more than happy to send you an invite. You can find SWAT Nation on Mixer at https://mixer.com/team/swat-nation.
The clips of the day and community highlights will continue stronger than ever. We’re very happy to share more about you all with the community. It’s inspiring to see your amazing plays, art, and anything you want us to share with us. Our Instagram is a canvas that every member of SWAT Nation can be a part of. Keep your submissions coming. Send them to email@example.com. We’ll also develop a “Community Spotlight” where everybody votes on the best clip/art/submission of the month. Winners will get some cool SWAT Nation swag. Our community highlights are available on our Instagram account at https://instagram.com/haloswatnation.
Our roadmap looks amazing. We have a $8,300 USD budget allocated for the rest of this year’s tournaments. This will add up to an impressive $14,875.75 USD that will be paid out this year alone. All of this funded by the core SWAT Nation team + contributions made during past tournaments.
One more thing… There will be a way to grab all the bragging rights for SWAT soon, and we can’t wait to give more details about it. Rest assured it will be full of spice and sweat, trust me. You’re all going to love it, so get your sweatbands ready! The annual SWAT Nation World Cup is coming soon.
Thanks to all of you for being a part of SWAT Nation. For believing in the project, for being positive, and for taking care of everybody in the community. Much love to you all. It started for the love of the game and the community around it. That’s what drives us. Thanks for all your contributions, they all go towards funding more tourneys and events. Thanks for being the most friendly and positive Halo community out there.