Jo-Gamers: Jordan’s 1st online gaming community
It all started when I was moving Sleepless in Amman from WordPress to a Domain, when I asked a good friend of mine Hassan Hamoudi to help up with the technical side of the website, only to learn that at that time he has launched the Beta version of his own website Jo-Gamers.
Jo Gamers is intended to bring the Jordanian gaming community closer by providing them with a simple yet powerful interaction platform specifically tailored for them, through a community that aims to contain the Jordanian gaming population at large.
Although not a big fan of games myself, as most of my gaming-hours are spent on face book on mind-jolt games during my lunch break or my daily dose of frontier ville in the morning, I decided to talk to my friend Hassan and learn more about Jo-Gamers!
With above 200 fans on Facebook within a one week span, how do you feel about the power of social media when it comes to reaching out to other gamers online?
For starters, we are truly overwhelmed by all the positive feedback in regards to the whole project, especially since we’re only in the very early beta stages. And since the whole idea behind Jo Gamers is that it should be community-driven, I believe social media will play a very, if not the most, important role towards making this a reality.
Generally speaking, when people “like” a page on facebook, they do it simply because they agree with the very basic premise of the page. Most people will not go into detailed description mode, read away every wall-of-text they find, and read every page of the corresponding website, unless of course the page speaks to them personally. Think about it, what page are you more likely to read the description of, a page called “Lets all live in peace” or “Sleepless Jordanian Bloggers”?
Now to get to the main point I’m trying to make. Around 50% of our current facebook fans (Or like-es, whatever the new terminology may be) are not hardcore gamers, some may not be gamers at all. Whether they’re family or friends, they wouldn’t have “liked” a page without agreeing with or liking the very basic premise of it. Keeping in mind that social media is much like a multi-level domino effect, the more people who “like” the idea of Jo Gamers, the more likely we’ll able to reach our core target, the gamers of Jordan.
As a gamer yourself, when did you believe that Jordan deserves to have it’s own gaming community?
Jordan already has numerous offline mini-gaming communities. The term “Mini’ here refers to the very few linking points, or commonalities these communities share. An example of such mini-community may include gamers who frequent to the same gaming center(s), play the same game(s), or a combination of both. These communities are rarely permanent, since people eventually start playing different games, change their gaming venue, or simply play games at home. Jo Gamers is mainly intended to serve as a higher umbrella, linking all of these mini-communities under one big roof – the gamers of Jordan.
And as a once-hardcore gamer, I can tell you for a fact that we have extremely talented gamers in Jordan, but sadly enough, the majority of them stand unsupported, unpolished, and often looked down upon. Although this is gradually changing, Arabian societies often refer to gamers as immature or childish. This is mainly reflected by how no company is willing to sponsor a team playing Dota or Counter-Strike for example. Until this year’s WCG (World Cyber Gaming) event, the local e-sports scene was almost none-existent.
In short, not only i think Jordan deserves it’s own gaming community, Jordanian gamers should be given the recognition, attention, training, sponsorships, and shown the respect they truly deserve.
Why did you decide to launch Jo-Gamers? Was it you or a team of gamers that have created and executed the concept?
The concept in its very basic form is rather simple really, a portal that is fully dedicated and tailored for Jordanian gamers. As I mentioned earlier, the local gaming scene lacked a higher-level community to include all of the already-existent offline communities, combined with the gradual shift of the local gaming consciousness and the introduction of the first WCG event, we felt it was time to launch this project. We also want to try our best to highlight the fact that the gaming future is all about online gaming and massively multiplayer online games, and if we as Jordanian gamers want to someday compete on the international scene, we should at least have a community that supports us.
Finally, as the case with most community-driven projects, a core community or crew is actually needed to make it work, each adding to the community to the best of their ability. We are currently in the process of expanding our core community to be able to represent the largest segment of Jordanian gamers. But for the purpose of this question, here’s a short list of the people behind this community to date:
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