Jo-Gamers: Jordan’s 1st online gaming community

Jo-Gamers: Jordan's 1st online gaming community
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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:

Co-Founder

Fawaz Tobaileh

Core Crew

George Durzi

Nasser Rawashdeh

Zaid Naji

Omar Katafago

Abdallah Shrydeh

Waseem Qouseini

For more information about Jo-Gamers kindly visit their website http://jo-gamers.com and feel free to follow them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/JoGamers

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Director of Digital Marketing Strategy by Day, Blogger by Night. Mother to my lovely Hana and a food addict.

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  1. Wonderful idea.

    I believe this idea was not established before due to the poor broadband penetration in Jordan, as well as appalling internet infrastructure in Jordan. Gaming requires high-speed internet (and by high-speed, I am talking about at least 15Mbps. In Jordan, the maximum speed offered is 8Mbps (however, you will never reach over 5Mbps of download speed due to the poor infrastructure) and the price is absurd in comparison to the speed and service offered. The percentage of people that can afford it is minute. Again, the obstacle to development in this area is our government.

  2. Thank you Nayef for your honest opinion on the matter, however I am forced to argue one of the points you made. I do agree that internet in Jordan is highly outdated and overpriced, and this is frustrating not only for gamers but the entire population i believe.

    Now, although faster connections definitely won’t hurt, but online gaming in specific is not bandwidth-intensive. You’ll find that in most occasions, a (true) 2 Mbps connection is more than enough to cover the bandwidth needs of most games. However, the deciding factor when it comes to online gaming is your ping, or latency.

    In simple terms, latency is the time delay experienced when sending or receiving packets to and from a server. The less latency, or ping, between the server and your computer, the faster and smoother your experience will be.

    Having said that, the main deciding factors of latency are:

    1: Your physical location in relationship with the server. (The closer you are to the server the better, naturally)

    2: The quality and amount of hops (or nods) your packets pass through until reaching the server. ( Less hops = more speed )

    3: The amount of packet filtration or censoring. (Less filtering = more speed )

    These rules are of course very general, and there are many detailed factors deciding your ultimate latency to a server. Sadly enough, these factors are often disregarded by most Jordanian ISPs, and they rarely ever optimize packages to suit gamers.

    I realize there are some factors ISPs cannot change, like the physical location for example. But the way a connection is routed can be easily optimized for gaming by reducing the number of nods and optimizing ports and gateways. This of course won’t make us on-par with people living next-door to a server, but we can come close no doubt.

    One of the subgoals of this community is to showcase the massive amount of potential the local gaming market has, and the direct benefits from investing in it. I sincerely hope we’ll be able to make a difference, directly or indirectly.

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