Partnering with Intel, Ubisoft sponsored the first official USA TrackMania 2: Canyon tournament that I organized at GEEX 2011. I had a wonderful time working with Noemie and they were very gracious to get us on the GEEX stage as the premier Friday night tournament and supply killer prizes for our competitors ($2500 custom gaming laptop for first place, and just released 2nd-gen i7 2600k CPUs for 2nd and 3rd.)
They also supplied hundreds of limited edition TrackMania 2: Canyon t-shirts to give away at the event.
|GEEX 2011 TrackMania 2: Canyon tournament|
And last weekend, in an incredibly generous gesture, Ubisoft flew me (ThatOneGuy) out to PAX Prime 2012 in Seattle, Washington to assist them with their ShootMania booth.
|SpeedMonger's "Cliff Jumpers" Royal map|
on the big screen above the stage of the
ShootMania booth at PAX
|My PAX Prime badge|
The greatest excitement for me, above and beyond attending the PAX and seeing Nadeo in the spotlight there, was to meet in-person and make friends with really really great people from Ubisoft and Nadeo Live. I had so much fun spending time with them and wish I could have stayed the entire time (I had to fly home Saturday afternoon.)
Alex (Nitroguy), Josh (Ubisoft), Jeff (ThatOneGuy),
Edouard (Nadeo Live), Julien (Nadeo Live), John (Ubisoft),
Noemie (Ubisoft), Nickola (Nadeo Live), Anne (Nadeo Live)
I got to meet Alex (Nitroguy), from TrackMania and ShootMania fame, who won the map-making contest and got himself a trip out to PAX courtesy of Ubisoft. Nitroguy made maps for my GEEX 2011 TrackMania 2: Canyon tournament. I have enjoyed playing TrackMania and Shootmania online with him for a couple of years, so it was great to finally meet in-person. (And Nitro, you still need to get your winning map "Rockets and Rails" posted on Mania Exchange!)
|ThatOneGuy, Nitroguy, AskJoshy(guy)|
|ThatOneGuy and Nitroguy watch an intense|
ShootMania: Storm Elite tournament
|Amy (Valkyrie), Jeff (ThatOneGuy), Tracie (Miss Magitek)|
I couldn't find her for a pic with me
before I had to leave PAX,
so I borrowed one from their website.
|Kevin (CatsPajamas) and Josh (AskJoshy)|
playing some Royal on setup day
|Ron (DarkRabbi) and Kevin (CatsPajamas)|
shoutcasting an Elite tournament
|ThatOneGuy and DarkRabbi|
|AskJoshy in pro form|
You can watch for the Frag Dolls and IGN/IPL players online in ShootMania (and maybe even play with them on our Team FNG ShootMania servers sometime.) I know the FragDolls have some ShootMania servers of their own as well.
I also had the pleasure of becoming friends with Anna Prosser who helped with announcements and interviews for the ShootMania booth.
|Anna during a ShootMania interview at PAX|
|Anna Prosser and ThatOneGuy|
I hope in turn it will bring more TrackManiacs to the scene and that we will see an even bigger/better booth next time with the release of TrackMania 2: Valley!
Keep up the great work Ubisoft and Nadeo! Keep ManiaPlanet awareness surging through the USA!
Finally, one last shout out to my good friend Noemie, who is the reason all of this happened for me. She's amazing and I appreciate all she has done for me and the ManiaPlanet community. You rock!
|ThatOneGuy and Noemie (Ubisoft)|