Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of a special forces unit within Gamers Outreach called “The Dev Team.”
Analogous to an advisory board, the Gamers Outreach Dev Team will be comprised of game industry veterans, medical professionals, and corporate leaders dedicated to advancing Gamers Outreach programs through fundraising, advocacy, and guidance.
Dev Team members will work to support directors and key staff within Gamers Outreach. They’ll be helping to lead development efforts which grow the impact of Gamers Outreach activities. Their involvement will provide our team with a valuable third-party perspective on internal discussions, and their passion for our cause will help rally community action.
While we expect our Dev Team to be comprised of professionals from a wide range of disciplines (both within and outside the gaming industry), we’ve outlined a few key qualifications to guide our consideration of candidates. Dev Team members must be/have…
- Senior-level professionals with experience working in the gaming, medical, or corporate environments.
- Record of securing grants, sponsorship, or external resources for programs, corporate initiatives, or services.
- Demonstrated excellence in forming relationships that advanced a particular program, company, or cause.
- Exemplary leadership skils. Dev Team members must be able to foster a team environment, and work collaboratively when necessary.
- Dev Team members are effective communicators, able to identify areas for improvement, and help advance the organization’s mission.
With that said, we’re incredibly proud to welcome our first Dev Team member, Scott “SirScoots” Smith. One of the founding fathers of modern esports – we’re honored to have Scott as part of the Gamers Outreach family.
Scott is one of the most experienced figureheads within competitive gaming. After entering the scene as a Counter-Strike competitor in 1999, Scott joined the team of GotFrag, which was a leading source of news for hardcore enthusiasts interested in esports and professional gamers. After the website was purchased by Major League Gaming in 2007, Scott became the COO of Evil Geniuses (acquired by Twitch), one of the most storied professional gaming teams in esports. Having led players and teams to multiple tournament victories, Scott stepped down from active duty at EG to pursue new ventures within gaming. If you’ve kept up with competitive Counter-Strike, you’ve no doubt recently seen Scott behind the analyst desk, working to host some of the world’s largest esports events.
Scott has been a champion of our efforts the past few years. His involvement has directly led to the construction of multiple GO Karts for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and his passion for our work has inspired multiple gamers to make an impact in their own local hospitals. Having accumulated nearly 20 years of game-industry experience, Scott joins Gamers Outreach with a wealth of knowledge, insight, and perspective that has already made a tremendous difference for hospitalized children.
We’re thankful to have Scott’s support, and look forward to growing the Dev Team as an integral part of Gamers Outreach programs.