Behind the Screens – ShaDaz


Turning A Dream Into Reality


I recently had the opportunity to sit down with “ShaDaz”, the newly promoted COO for EZL to find out a little bit more about his new position as the head of the organisation. The interview, starting smooth and easy, felt like nothing more than a conversation between friends.



“Just for those who don’t know who you are, tell me a little bit about yourself.”

My name is Dan Gallagher and I am currently a college student in Minnesota, United States. I am pursuing a degree in computer science, and on top of it all, I work a full time job, not to mention EZL. Life can be quite crazy at times.

 

“What does EZL even mean, I don’t remember hearing the full name before?”

As much as both Skillz4Killz(current EZL CEO) and I would love to scream it out loud, I cannot say at this time.  It is a name that has not yet been trademarked, but once we have the trademark, you can be certain we will.

 

“Can you explain to me a little bit more about what EZL actually is, just a general overview of the organisation?”

So the best way to put EZL into one sentence would be, “The way to bridge the gap between the professional player, and the tiers below that 1%.” Most people don’t have the time to commit to making that jump from a normal high-tier player to a professional one, to be able to actually draw a salary. EZL gives those players a place to start. EZL is a system, where no matter the skill level, there is a place for anyone. The goal is for the players to work their way up the tiers, and gain the fame and recognition of a professional player.

 

“How is it that you came into the position of C.O.O. (Chief Operating Officer) for EZL?”

I have known Skillz4Killz (the C.E.O. of EZL) for a long time, even back before the creation of EZL. When EZL was initially created, he explained to me the vision for the company and maybe more importantly, the need for such a thing. I was first involved in EZL as a coder, due to my background with coding. Eventually though the need for someone to help share the load of EZL was apparent – it’s not a one man job. Skillz came to me with the offer, and at first I was hesitant. In the end though, I was brought in and realized this was what I wanted to do. I want this organisation to succeed, to be able to pay our staff and eventually be able to bridge the gap between the professional and the casual player.

 

“Walk me through a day in the life of Dan, what do you do, and why are you successful?”

Wow a day in the life of Dan that is not a question I have ever been asked before. First and foremost, organization! I have to have everything planned out and set up the day before otherwise it feels like I get nothing done. Another really big thing for me is that I push myself to learn something new every single day. If you are not constantly learning and growing, you will be the same person you are now for the rest of your life. I want to be the best leader, teacher, COO, that I can possibly be, and to do that, I feel the need to keep pushing myself to become better. Surrounding yourself with new people and different things, not only will you learn and grow every single day but you will become better. Not just as a leader or COO but you will become an overall better person.

 

“By what method is a person able to join EZL, as a player or a staff member?”

The easiest answer way for you to do this is just to head to our website and fill out an application. The application form will get processed by our HR department, and then sent to the respective head of department.

 

“eSports is not a very widely accepted genre in North America, what are your ideas on changing this?”

In the simplest terms, we are trying to change the perspective of the average person about eSports. The everyday person in North America will spend no time at all watching eSports, maybe they do not know it exists or even worse, they know it exists, but feel it’s just a waste of their time. We are not trying to replace everyday sports with eSports, we simply want the public to acknowledge, support and enjoy them. Take South Korea for example; ESports are an everyday thing over there, and yet the Korean people also enjoy watching everyday sports. It shows that they can coexist and even complement each other.

 

“In broad terms, what is your long term goal for EZL?

Well let’s work with a five year benchmark, where I think EZL can be in five years. Just to make a list, I feel we will be paying our staff members, incentivising our players to stay and play for us, and most importantly I think we will have a global reach. Let me reiterate what I mean, our staff  members do so much, and they are volunteers, it is not that I want to get more out of them once we can pay, I simply want them to feel appreciated and rewarded for the work they have done and for the effort they put in. As for incentives for our players, in my mind that is just as important as staff payment, without players we have no establishment. I want the players to be able to make at the very least, some money playing for us. As for the global reach, that is fairly self-explanatory. I think in five years we can have a branch of EZL in every continent that Vainglory is based in. The real “global” goal is to be in every eSport that there is.

 

“Are there any leaks you can give us, any projects you want to reveal?”

Well there was a leak, not too long ago on a certain Femme Fatale interview, project “Numbers”. I cannot say any more about that, but feel free to check it out. With respect to the bulk of what we are working on, it is all behind project “Prometheus”. Keep an eye out for the reveal, because once Prometheus drops, everything will flow behind it.

 


 

Once the interview was over, we stayed on Discord and chatted for about an hour afterwards. All in all ShaDaz seems like a genuine guy. Down to earth, who is clearly passionate about a company and a game that he loves. He seems to have all the qualities of a successful leader. In my personal opinion [Not bias, honest! – ed], EZL will be a company to keep an eye on, especially with the growth of Vainglory as an eSport, and eSports in general.

Christan “supertac” Weber


You can keep tabs on EZL, and what Dan gets up to on Twitter by following @EZL_Official.