I want to share my story about what we do here at TECMO KOEI Europe with our community, interacting, keeping you guys updated from our events and social networks, like Facebook and Twitter. But before that, I would like to share a brief story about my journey with the “community” that I have today to give you an insight of the whole thing. So here it goes!
I started my KOEI journey from making a website called KOEI Warriors. Not forgetting to mention about kongming.net and James (the creator), he inspired me a lot with the site making. “I wanna make a Dynasty Warriors site as good as James Peirce just like what he did on Kongming’s Archives.” – So I started to run KOEI Warriors but I never wanted to have a forum or a community. (Please note: I’ve resigned from KOEI Warriors fan site after I’ve joined TECMO KOEI back in September 2008, the site is now maintained by Jsun and BlackKite, full article can be found here.) I have created a lot of fan sites in the past: Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry and Dead or Alive series without taking care on its community (well, most of my sites didn’t have forum in the past days because I was assuming the users were just like me – visiting and downloading the materials online then leaving without any communication.) Well, I think this is why KOEI Warriors has become very rich in media because that was my first vision when I created it – I wanted to focus on the high quality asset sharing, no watermark, and everyone is free to use it. But at the same time, the reason KOEI Warriors didn’t have many text because I couldn’t write well and my English was really terrible – that’s also the reason I avoided to make the site with full of text and couldn’t even bother to have a forum.
(So at that time, there wasn’t any community on KOEI Warriors, because I didn’t want it and I didn’t realize its importance. I think this is one of the reasons that my Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry and Dead or Alive fan sites didn’t get as far because there’s no community there to keep it going. They’re all dead, Geocities closed all the sites down.)
Things changed until one of the site visitors from Germany, Jürgen (Insight) helped me to create and managed the whole forum. Few months after, I stepped in to the community because of the boredom and talked to the people and realized it’s actually amazing to talk to the people who have the similar interest as me. From that, we shared and learned things from each other, exchanging ideas, learned the graphic design tips, improved my English (well that’s like my third language for your info) and many more. With that, I’ve made a lot of friends and met a lot of amazing people and they’re all very willing to help not just to provide the latest information but to strengthen this KOEI fanbase as well. Trust me, it’s growing times quicker than I expected when there’s a community. That’s also why on the 2nd year, the site got spotted on by the KOEI team (who is my current sexy mofo boss – check his blog out here.)
Well, the support from this community has made me brave enough to get involved by attending to the events like expos, to talk and make friends with people. The first time I went to the expo, I was really shy and nervous, I couldn’t even speak well, but I did have an amazing time. From that, I’ve made friends with many people – KOEI fans, staff member and the cosplayers – by getting involved as much as I can with the released game info, cosplay image materials reference and blah blah.
“You guys are what this community is all about. It is not a community if we just give you updates without giving you any response from our side.”
What I would say here is with all this community and fanbase, I’ve finally joined KOEI officially as a community manager in 2 years time. It’s really not the talent I have, it’s because the community that believes me and they pushed me into it, and it’s the attitude that matters. I must say it’s a very tough journey to go through because I’ve made a lot of mistakes – I would never have imagined that I’ve stepped into this far so thank you all!
“I have made a lot of mistakes. But I have managed to pick it up and I am able to differentiate what is right and what is wrong now.”
Well, this is a good start to give you an idea of the community we have and started years ago, the next article, I’ll be focusing on the way we manage our community currently and our plan for the future. I’m fortunate enough to get involved in this and I’ve finally realized, and I can see myself grow.
“Although we’re not big as the other gaming companies these days, but I’m very happy to be able to gather the fans into one awesome and valuable community. Although we are not the best yet, we will try the best we can.”