Matt Rider's Blog
I became one of the first professional World of Warcraft players in 2007 after winning a European arena championship at Blizzcon. I signed with the now-defunct "Championship Gaming Series" (CGS) as part of plans to show arena games live on DirectTV to a mainstream television audience.
In 2008 I relocated to Cologne, Germany, to work for Electronic Sports League TV (ESL TV) as a host and editor. Broadcasting the Intel Extreme Masters tournaments, I provided commentary for WoW and Counter-Strike 1.6, presenting at live events such as CeBit and GamesCom. I produced the weekly internet show WoW Wednesdays which attracted a regular viewership before the emergence of streaming platforms like TwitchTV.
I became more deeply involved in Community Management after joining Frogster Online Gaming in 2010 where I worked primarily on Runes of Magic, one of the first successful free-to-play MMORPGs. In 2012 I moved to Infernum Productions, an startup founded by ex-Frogster execs. At Infernum I helped establish community strategy for Brick-Force, the sandbox shooter. I currently lead a community team of five, working on the fantasy MMORPG, Dragon’s Prophet.