• Overwatch's Latest Hero Coming July 27th

    Overwatch’s Latest Hero Coming July 27th
    By: Chaoticz
    Guest Writer
     
    Blizzard Entertainment announced that Overwatch, popular FPS, has a release date for its latest hero.
     
    This hero has been in the Public Test Region (PTR) for some time, but will officially drop on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, on July 27th.
     

     
    Meet Doomfist; a character who has been in the game since the beginning.  Remember that cinematic with “Doomfist’s Gauntlet" at the onset of OW? Yup, that’s the same person. Blizzard Entertainment finally made the jump to put this character in.
     
    Designed for melee-based combat, fans will surely have fun pummeling their foes to the ground and watching the bodies hit the walls, with Doomfist.
     
    A unique ultimate ability makes up for his restricted movement. When activated it allows Doomfist to reposition himself on the map, possibly getting the jump on the enemy.
     
    According to Blizzard Entertainment, Doomfist's character has a mentality of honor and strength.

    “Humanity is forged in battle. To evolve we must be tested” - Doomfist

    Halo Titles Soon To Be Backwards Compatible

    Xbox One: Halo Titles to Receive Backwards Compatibility Update
    Halo Waypoint reports that all of our beloved Halo Franchise titles above will be receiving backwards compatibility coming soon on Xbox One. The Backwards Compatibility update will include Campaign, Multiple and even LAN access. That also includes LAN access between Xbox 360 and Xbox One!
    To make this awesome deal even better, once these games are released in the backwards compatibility update, All of the Multiplayer Map Packs on the Xbox Store will be made available for FREE. That's right, Free.
    There isn't an update yet on when these games will hit the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility list, but rest assured that once they do, it will likely include many weekend throwback game nights. 
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    Division, Game, and Leader Support Awards Are Back!

    Division, Game, and Leader Support Awards ARE BACK!
    With the recent website upgrade it was made difficult to implement an economy system for KSI’s forums - thus taking away the ability to purchase support awards for divisions, games, and leaders.
    We have created a new system for receiving these awards.
    Division Support Awards
    You can apply for the division support award of divisions you’re currently in/previously been in.
    Step 1: Go to the link below this post, copy the application form, go to the AAP section, create a topic and paste the link. 
    Step 2: Fill in the form correctly and apply for the division support awards for a division you are currently in or have previously been in.
    Step 3: The AAP will reach out to leadership to confirm your presence in the divisions you are applying for.
    Step 4: AAP will decide whether you are eligible or not. If eligible, the award will be added to your profile.
    Game Support Awards
    You can apply for the game award that is the same game type of your current squad. If your squad is a hybrid, then you can apply for those game awards too.
    Step 1: Go to the link below this post, copy the application form, go to the AAP section, create a topic and paste the link
    Step 2: The AAP will reach out and confirm your squads gametype.
    Step 3: AAP will decide whether you are eligible or not. If eligible, the award will be added to your profile.
    Leader Support Awards
    You can apply for leader support awards for leaders that you would like to give support to on your profile.
    Step 1: Go to the link below this post, copy the application form, go to the AAP section, create a topic and paste the link.
    Step 2: Fill in the form correctly and apply for the award for the leader whose award you want to represent. You must give a reason why you want to support them.
    Step 3: The AAP will reach out and ask if the leader of the award wants to approve/deny.
    Step 4: AAP will decide whether you are eligible or not. If eligible, the award will be added to your profile.
    If you have any questions please contact an AAP representatives via PM on the forums.
    Awards Application Form

    Help with the Stress

    HELP! AYUDAME AYUDAME! HELP ME!   Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it that is what the KSI leadership is here for.
    Everyone knows that being a leader, whether it's an officer, general, or higher position, can be very stressful. Even the privates, corporals, and sergeants can feel a little stress from KSI. What I would like to share is that stress you feel over the community is actually a good thing. It means you care about what happens to the community, to your squad, and to your division. So what feels terrible is actually great, in an odd way.
    Stress itself is never good. That is why I stress to talk to others when you feel it. We are all around to help each other out.   Some helpful tips:   *Do not make rash decisions when stressed out, you need a clear mind.   *Take things one step at a time to release the amount of stress build up   *Organize your week out ahead of time. Organize out when the meetings, game nights, and other possible events for that week. So you can visibly see if your over-doing yourself, or how they would say "Stretching yourself thin".   Everyone understands each other here. So look into building a friendship around and build support around you so you will always have someone to go to. If it is personal you will know who is there for you and will even be able to vent to them.   A few leadership members that are known for being there to listen are KSI Hucklberry, KSI Mizz Airy, and KSI ZeusWrath. I am sure there are more, but those a 3 noteworthy listeners. Here in KSI, we all strive to do the best that we can. That means there will always be hurdles. It is how you choose to handle them. Always look to others in a great time of need.

    Outstanding Service Citation

    This award is one of the very few which are given only at the discretion of senior leadership of KSI to those who have provided an incredible long-lasting contribution to the community. It is a coveted award, not handed out by self-nomination or even by nomination from other members. Today we have the pleasure of announcing a new recipient of this classic award.
    KSI Mr Miagi first joined KSI in Empire RD in November 2015. He rejoined into Darkness TR September 2016 and was a key part of building the first Destiny squad to execute a successful split. Not long after, it was mentioned that the Clan Management System admins could use help with coding, and Mr Miagi volunteered for the extra responsibility. Within six months, he redesigned the somewhat broken CMS, fixing and improving on features with assistance from KSI DoubleOh 7 and input from other community leaders.
    His efforts resulted in the launch of the new CMS in June of 2017, and the difference has already been recognizable. Squads are better accounted for, displays are simpler to see at a glance, and administration functions have improved significantly. For this selfless volunteered dedication, senior leadership has seen fit to award KSI Mr Miagi with the Outstanding Service award.
    Congratulations @KSI Mr Miagi!

    AAP Winners for June

    AAP Awards for June 2017
     
    The Achievement and Awards Program’s “Of the Month Awards”  has been a monthly occurrence for a very long time. This June we see the hard work from the Senior Leadership down to the best Officers KSI has to offer.
    Here are the June of the Month Award winners:
    Senior Leader of the Month goes to Senior DirectorKSI Cali 7 who has been in KSI since 2009 and has constantly grown through the ranks..
    Director of the Month goes to KSI Space Ops 7. The amazing and hard-working Director is in charge of the HF division.
    Division Leader of the Month goes to KSIHuckleberry 7. Huckleberry is the Division Leader of SR, one of KSI’s biggest and most thriving divisions.
    Founder of the Month goes to KSIZeusWrath 7. Zeus is a Founder in RD, and whose division is on the ride to become on of the best KSI has to offer.
    Co-Founder of the month goes to  KSI Monkeyy 7. Monkeyy is a Co-Founder in RD, with his hard work and dedication to his division as well as KSI, RD is quickly becoming a bigger and better division.
    General & Streamer of the Month goes to KSIChaoticz. If you have seen KSI Chaoticz’s streams you will see he is very passionate about gaming and the the time he puts into it. He has also thrived as a leader inside of KSI and has helped build Eternal HF into a great squad that has many potentially great leaders.
    Officer of the month goes to KSI FORMAL. Formal is a Major in Xerxes RD division. He is a very hard working officer who deserves great credit for where his squad is heading.
    Global Member of the Month goes to KSIReagenbush, he is a leader with a lot of potential to one day move very high up the ranks inKSI and will make a excellent officer in the future.
     
    Member of the Month goes to KSI Hoedoor for his great work in KSI and everlasting dedication to the cause. As he continues his career in KSI he will one day be one of the next great leaders this Gaming Community has to offer.
     
    Forums member of the Month goes to KSI Nex Addo. Nex is a very dedicated and selfless leader on our WebOps  staff who continues to help build WebOps into something very special. 
     
    These are our winners for June, will you be on this list next month?
     

    Xbox One X

    Xbox One X
    By: KSI SugarMama 7
    News Team Manager 

       On June 11, 2017 a new Xbox was announced to be released on November 7. It has been said that the Xbox One X will be one of the worlds most powerful consoles.
       The Xbox One X will be 40% more powerful with true 4K gaming. Simply making the console have much better game play. This 8-core custom AMD CPU was clocked at 2.3GHz which will bring more enhanced real world detail and smoother interactions during gaming.
       It has also been said the Xbox One X has more memory which means the worlds will be much bigger. A 12GB GDDR5 of graphic memory was added for better performance, bigger worlds, and quicker loading times.
       A 6 teraflop GPU was also added to make the console more realistic with more detail and smoother animations. Consoles with 326GB/sec memory bandwidth have faster and more detailed gaming graphics and keep your gaming momentum flowing.
       However you view it, the Xbox One X is more distinctive and sleek. All the Xbox games will be completely compatible on this console, even Xbox 360 games. It also has the worlds best multiplayer network.
       The Xbox One X will be starting at $499.00, and it will be released November 7, 2017.  

    A Letter to KSI


    Dear KSI,
     When I first met you, I didn’t know what to think. I had been on Xbox Live since Call of Duty 3 and never thought of joining a clan before. I had 5 friends who I gamed with every day; we were COD Pubstompers and were content with getting on and immediately disappearing into a party together for hours each day. I received messages throughout the years - DHG, XGC, a slew of small upstarts. At the time, I was settled in my place with the friends I had.
    As time went on, my friends’ schedules changed. Some of them got off way too early for my work schedule, and I found myself riding solo a lot until I was hit up by a KSI member on Modern Warfare 2 who sent me a similar generic message post game. I’d dismissed the idea in the past, but there I was in a position where my routine had been disrupted and figured maybe it was time to try something new. I sent him a message back, joined a party and went through the recruitment process.
    I was placed in Ancient Armada, Sigma Squad. I met a few people here and there but stayed close with my recruiter. He was a good talker, knew a lot about KSI and had this motivational knack to him. I stayed for about 6-7 months then had my final year at University to deal with. I heard a lot of stuff happened a few months after I left so I figured when the time was right I would rejoin you. That took about 2 years to happen, during which I dabbled a bit in a smaller clan before being prompted to rejoin you with my initial recruiter.
    We had just reopened a division AD (After Death), and I was put in Oblivion as a Sergeant to start, which quickly turned to Lieutenant 2 weeks later after I had shaken off my rust. From there, I was pushed to General after the loss of our entire officer staff. With no idea what I was doing initially, I used communication, asked questions, and had a sense of pride in succeeding that quickly showed me that the possibility of being a leader here was real. When I joined, I thought I would never reach that echelon…this place was “too big and too vast to notice me”.
    I had a lot of time on my hands while I was recovering from some problems and limited to my house for at least 2 months. You kept me distracted, gave me a home, gave me redemption in a sense that traveled into my real life. I chose to pursue that “impossible task” I felt was at hand. That motivation made me want to learn as much as I possibly could, not just from leaders, but from members that I interacted with daily. I stayed passionate about what I learned from rebuilding that squad, and I tried to make sure everyone mattered below me. Soon I was travelling upward to Founder, Co-Division Leader, Division Leader. I poured my heart into this place and truly felt like I was making a difference, teaching people to find potential they never knew existed. I made my goal to show everyone I encountered just how amazing you have been to me.
    I’ve found myself on the wrong side of people’s pasts, found adversity since the moment I felt the pressure of a squad that needed me to succeed. I found those impossible ranks and none of it was easy, I was judged by who recruited me, I was underestimated on a consistent basis…I still am. By people that lost their purpose here years ago, people that left and let power, rank, influence corrupt the true meaning behind why we do this. I never let it stop me, I never once let myself see the point of view of those people. I stayed true to you and the people that inhabit this place, I have peers that encourage me and see how much I care.
    I promise you that no title or rank here will ever turn me away from the purpose of holding it, and I am sure every Senior Leader of this community can attest to the same. Education will always come before politics, and the members will always supersede my personal feelings. People count on me every day to teach them new things, show them the road I took to be who I am now…and I promise you I won’t let them down. That no matter what I am labeled, how am I judged or what is assumed of me that you will know, the members will know and I will know that I never stopped being that General who thought it was impossible to ever be noticed here. It makes me respect the titles I hold, makes me realize that the fabric of what this place is will always be bigger than myself. Even if I make mistakes, I will never hide behind them, you deserve better than that.
    Thank you, KSI, for helping me see a purpose on this console that most people consider purposeless. Thank you for keeping me distracted during rough times in my life and showing me that “impossible” is just a formality. Thank you for the people who loved you enough to stay here and teach me what they know, regardless of their pasts. Thank you for reminding me each day that even if people don’t understand now, they will if I keep trying. For keeping me humble, giving me the opportunities I’ve had to make a change. Finally, thank you for the retractors over the years, for situations that seemed too severe to overcome…they have only made me stronger. I’ll never give up on you…because you never gave up on me, no matter how “big or vast” you got.
     
    Sincerely,
    KSI Cali 7
     

    Xbox Ultimate Game Sale

    The Ultimate Sale for Xbox
     
    It’s summertime, which means sales, sales, sales; for every major platform if it's PS4, Xbox One or PC. If you are an owner of an Xbox One you will be able to take advantage of the ‘Ultimate Game Sale’.
    This annual sale starts June 30th and lasts till July 10th.
     
    Whether it be the recently released ‘Injustice 2’ or the original ‘Resident Evil 4’ on Xbox 360, there are plenty of titles to choose from, some of my favorites include:
    Resident Evil Origins Collection
    Dead Rising 4
    Halo 5: Guardians
    Forza Motorsport 6 Platinum Edition Bundle
    Far Cry Primal + Far Cry 4 Bundle 
     
    The sale has discounts of up to 50% off unless you have Xbox Live Gold where you can get up to a whopping 80% savings. Let me put that into perspective for you. 
    ‘Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ is Originally £23.99 ($31.24) With the 67% discount it drops to £7.92 ($10.32), on top of that if you have gold you get the 70% discount where it then is priced at £6.00 ($7.81). 
    Now that is only the small ones. ‘Forza Motorsport 6: PEB has gone from its original price of £110 and with its 75% discount (Incl. Gold) it has a savings price of £73.53 taking it to as low as £27.44. That is amazing news for racing fans right?
     
    A handful of Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility titles are also on sale such as:
    Battlefield: Bad Company 2
    The Walking Dead
    Tomb Raider: Underworld
    Red Dead Redemption
    Saints Row
     
    Microsoft doesn't just stop there, sales have also teased for certain Headsets, Keyboards, and Mice for PC Windows players. Finally, they end with nit-bit promotions including free rubber grips for all controllers made inside Xbox Design Lab and in-store gift cards.
     
    Games With Gold for July includes:
    Kane & Lynch 2
    Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean
    Edited 2 hours ago by KSI Blessed Ori 

    Talking Like A Team

    Talking Like A Team  
    By: KSI ZEUSWRATH
    News Team Writer
     

      Effective communication is at the heart of most issues within KSI. Often we misunderstand each other more than we disagree.
       Communication is not a easy skill. Most people believe that simple conversations can communicate enough; that is a common misunderstanding. Communication is something we all can do whether it's through talking or body language. Effective communication is how well others understand you.  When a member realizes how passionate and serious you are about what you do here in KSI they will most likely want to be that passionate and know as much as you one day.
         We as members and leaders have to watch how we send and receive intel. Don't listen to someone and think about what to say next, but think more about the message you received and then act on it. Squad leaders, division staff, and upper leadership need to understand the feelings of others and use that to push them in the right direction.
        Team building and Effective Communication are crucial. There is no team without communication. Every member needs to take an initiative in communication. When a team is not actively communicating their activity and growth is at stake. Good team work starts with a shared understanding of communication and it's importance, bridges team together, and needs to be practiced to ensure a team is working effectively.
     When communication channels in a team are properly established and information flows easily between teammates, then that increases the ability of the officer staff to interact and for team members to learn how to interact more efficiently with each other to perform their job duties. This also gives them the ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each teammate.
        If Lieutenants agreed on a date to go recruiting and they have a couple of Sergeants involved or spectating, maybe even try hands-on training. One would enjoy it way better than recruiting alone, and this also boosts communication and lowers ranking involvement.
       Build your squad into your family and have them incorporate new members with the same thinking. Members love seeing, finding, observing, etc. productivity from the start and when they see a common direction, routine, and 'consistency' it's easy for them to climb aboard with KSI.

     
     

    How KSI and its Leaders have changed over time

    Written by KSI Airborn 7
    Through the years KSI Global has changed in many ways, including size and shape. KSI was created in April of 2003 by Syrus, Deadmeat, and Natas (Se7en). From April of 2003 till 2007 KSI went through a lot of challenges adapting to the gaming world. These changes helped build KSI and its leaders into the greatest gaming community on any platform. The reaches of KSI have not only helped gamers better themselves in game, but also better themselves as leaders. I interviewed a few members of KSI who have been here for a while and have seen the changes first hand. Here is what I got out of it: 
    Interview with KSI Koda 7
    Airborn: How was KSI different in terms of clan operations and how divisions were ran from when you first joined till now?

    Koda: “KSI has changed drastically over the years. When I joined KSI originally, it had a back-end infrastructure to support it. We utilized the forums for off-the-xbox chatting and discussion, and we utilized in-game clan battle features. The organization that was on Halo 2 was key. The support of clan battles within Halo 2, and the competitiveness between clans was really what allowed KSI to grow to the massive numbers it had. In-Game support allowed squads & divisions to be clearly defined across the game. Microsoft didn't jump on the "clan" feature, and ultimately, it was a letdown to communities like us, H20, PMS, MoB, XGN, XGC and the like. We were forced to adapt with Friends of Friends lists and other "outside the box" features. But that's just the technical side of it. Even more of a change is the behavioral side of the clan operations. Previously, the community ran with a sense of "respect" and "honor". Our members were proud to be a part of the community, and proud to be involved in something larger than themselves. They enjoyed going out every evening and bringing new people into their world, Their corner of the gaming globe. We respected those above us, we respected our peers, and we respected those below us. But where I look now, some of that sense of respect has been lost.”

    Airborn: How has the leadership and the leadership ranks changed over time?

    Koda: “KSI's leadership has changed over the years. We've moved from the old-school leadership that has been here from the beginning to a newer modern leadership with newer faces. In-between there were some hiccups and some speed bumps, but we seem to be doing pretty well. Back in the older days, there were a lot more ranks in the upper leadership. For example, we had Director, Senior Director, Co-Creator, Creator, Board Member. All of these folks were "Chiefs" of KSI. I'm glad we've somewhat gotten away from that because now we seem to have "Senior Director" as our top rank overseen by two folks, Game and BT. This evens out the ratio of "Chiefs vs Indians" and allows for sound decisions to be made and disseminated.” 

    Airborn: What old school leaders are still around and active?

    Koda: “Well, from back in the day, there aren't too many of the old dogs still in leadership. There are a handful of older leaders here but a lot of them are either working their way back up, or enjoying the rank they're at.”

    Airborn: Last question, how can you best describe the status of KSI now from what it was in the late 2000s?

    Koda: “The status of KSI now versus back in the late 2000's is growing. Recovering. We took a pretty decent hit back in 2008 and again in 2011 when both United and Fuzzymeep's KSI communities split from us. What appeared to have been the end of this group turned out to just be a learning experience. We persevered, and we still come back strong. We may not be at the numbers when we were all one, but we are still one family. Even the other folks (Fuzzy's and United), we're still one family. We may not live in the same house anymore, and we may hate each other's guts from time to time, but we're still one family with the same name. K.S.I. Not many people think that way, but I hope in time we come to terms with all of us and agree to move back together for a common cause.”
     
     
    In an Interview with Nex Addo
    Airborn: When you first joined KSI, how was Clan Operations run?

    Nex: “When I first joined ClanOPS it was pretty much ran the same way. Not much of a difference just more divisions, more directors, more of a lot of things going on.”

    Airborn: How were the leadership positions organized?

    Nex: “My memory is fuzzy and since I left ClanOps after a time it changed a few times. So as best as possible it was a joint union with senior leader ship and possible board of directors.”

    Airborn: Looking back do you wish that KSI back in the day had an actual Web Operations department like we do now?

    Nex: “Today we have a organized system of checks and balances. With myself making decisions only in the web departments with huge changes going with me and it then forums changes like how admins work and such to the admins and ClanOps I work with BT and the seniors. Of course though jazz is a huge part. So in the long run I love how it is ran now even if I was not here and retired end of the end of the year so. No do I wish it were different back then? Unsure since so many changes were being made and I was left to my own device in the past. I wasn’t bothered much and as long as I was successful then it was fine. Since WebOps has gotten together and talked and kept in communication I think it has done much better.”

    Airborn: Last question, How do you think the current Web Operations department would have helped or hurt KSI back then?

    Nex: “I think Web Operations is a huge thing that helps KSI Global. Gives us the opportunity to reach new and amazing horizons. We have potential to work with partners, goals, and events. I think WebOps has always been good even if there have been issues out of it.”
    As you have heard from these longtime KSI members, KSI is always going through changes and thats what makes us the greatest Gaming Community ever on any console.

    Charity Stream Shoutouts and thanks by NEXUS

    Charity Stream Shout Outs and Special Thanks from N3XUS by KSI N3XUS 7 Twitch Team Lead   If any of you reading this article have ever planned a massive party or a big event you know the struggles and the stress entailed with getting all of your metaphorical ducks in a row, especially when there are so many ducks to manage. This event was the first that I had personally planned and managed and even though we hit 22% of $2500 goal we had a lot of fun and activity in stream, but it wasn’t all just me behind the scenes and this is what this article is for. There were a lot of inside influences and some outside influences that helped us reach our goals that I want to take some time to recognize here today.   Our outside helpers come in the form of some awesome streamers from Twitch that have built their own follower communities for quite a while.    The first one is a Partnered Streamer that I have personally followed for almost 3 years, who makes her living off of her stream, and keeps up with her Subs and Followers to an awesome point (just don't ask for push-ups). I am going at our channel like I’m starting a new one, and every bit of help no matter how small goes a long way. So Echoics, on behalf of KSI and the Twitch Team, I want to thank you for taking time to help us with our stream by hosting us during our charity stream.   Check out Echo here: https://www.twitch.tv/echoics     There is also one other streamer that deserves an honorable mention. FransKiss helped get the word out about the event across her follower base on social media and we would also like to thank you for this. Check out Fran here: https://www.twitch.tv/franskiss   Help like this isn’t to be taken likely or for granted. These two were using the channels they build daily to help ours out.    Now internally we had a massive influence from within this community. With all the effort DoubleOh and I put into this event, with marketing and spreading the word.. One leader really rose to the occasion calling to his division to flood the chat. For this I personally would like to give a huge shout out to KSI Huckleberry 7 and all those from his division that came to hang out.   Lastly I want to give a shout out to all of the streamers that planned out their weekends to do their part and stream. You all did an awesome job and were super flexible. From here, there is only good things to come from the Twitch team, so let's keep the hype up.

    A New Type Of Leadership Training

    A New Type Of Leadership Training
    By: Chaoticz
    News Team Writer
     
    KSI ZEUSWRATH7 and his team have been working hard to give out a new set of leadership classes to members in KSI.
     
    There are 5 seperate classes;
    -Choose the right people
    -Make sure they understand their role
    -Building and listening skills
    -Motivation
    -Vision
     
    Those are only Level 1 of the course. Additionally, Zeus is also preparing a second level and set of classes for those who want to go even further and learn more!
    This isn't like any other class or workshop where you simply attend, listen, and learn. KSI ZEUSWRATH 7 pushes his attendees to their potential. Each class consists of alot of detail and teaching, thus, students are expected to take notes.
     
    After each class, Zeus would issue homework assignments. Many of which were follow-up questions to ensure that students were taking correct notes. By talking to others that participated, I can see that nobody had an issue with doing any extra so-called homework.
     
    At the end of the course, a final test with 10 questions would be issued. Students have 24-hours to turn it in. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to assist KSI ZEUSWRATH 7, KSI 1NSAN1TY, and KSI Ezekiel UD in discussing and marking these question papers.
     
    Those who got over 60% were passed on the course. Those who got under 60% were spoken to about where they can go to retake the course and learn from their mistakes. Every attendee passed the course. Additionally, instead of simply giving a % and saying well done, we have back what questions the attendees got wrong and what the correct answer was.
     
    From what I got to see of the course, everyone participating benefited. Whether it be the students being taught, the Co-Teachers assisting, or me watching. We all learned some valuable information.
     
    “I joined this training because Zeus believed in me and thought I would make a good leader”, said KSI HedgeHog.
     
    “I came to a random training done by Zeus that turned into this, but I did it because I wanted to learn more about leadership and KSI.”, said KSI SunlKitty.


     
    The upside of Zavala’s class was it wasn't just any old class where the students pay no attention and take nothing from it. The students that I spoke with gave me some insight into what they took away from the class. KSI HedgeHog stated, “I learned it takes more than just energy and basic skill set to be a great leader - it takes vision and motivation as well as listening to your lower comrades and the ones that are above you, in order for you to become a great leader.”
     
    When asked if they feel more confident as a leader in their squad after this training, KSI Martidodgers stated, “I do feel a bit more confident in my squad, because we don't all have the answers to everything in life, but I can take the stories or situations that other members in this class had and the way they resolved it and maybe use it in my squad to resolve the issues I have.”

     
    This course allowed members to feel good about themselves and inspired to grow as leaders. Overall, it went well, everyone passed, had fun, and learned a lot. I highly recommend KSI ZEUSWRATH 7’s training to anyone willing to learn. Congratulations to everyone who took part and good luck to anyone in the future.

    The next set of classes are due to start sometime in the next few weeks.

    Charity event

    Letter from Nex Addo on Charity Event

    Thank you everyone who planned, participated, and donated to this amazing charity. I am always so thankful when KSI comes together to make a difference in the community big or small that is why even though we did not hit our goal we still made 22% of it for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 
    This topic is not an easy one for any one person to talk about and that is the reason I am saying thank you to everyone who shared their story or wrote about something involving this topic. Thank you to the donors who took time out of their day and shared what they could for this amazing organization. 
    Of course thank you to those who planned the event as well as the streamers for their outstanding effort in bringing attention to this event because without you we wouldn’t have known or pushed further.
    Thank you to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for their amazing work and talent for pushing education, research, advocating for public policy, and much more.

    Nex Addo (Vincent B )
    Director of Web Operations, KSI Global

    May 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

    May 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

     
    The May Of The Month Winners are in! May was a successful month for KSI, we had an IW tournaments, squad splits, high-end promotions, a division split, and most importantly everyone had fun. Listed below are the elite members of their designated rank, team, and/or position for that month. Congratulations to all, no matter what rank, no matter what division, you have helped make this community stronger. If you did not win this time round, you and only you can make it possible next time round.
     
    Director of the Month
    KSI Cali 7, RD, SR
     
    Division Leader of the Month
    KSI HUCKLBERRY 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Co-Division Leader of the Month
    KSI Mactheripper, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    Founder of the Month
    KSI QUEENPINK 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Co-Founder of the Month
    KSI ZEUSWRATH 7, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    General of the Month
    KSI Ezekiel UD , Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    Officer of the Month
    KSI Kinghellish, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Member of the Month
    KSI OJs Glove, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Global Member of the Month
    KSI MONKEYY 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Streamer of the Month
    KSI BotKiller, Twitch Team Streamer

    Sega Genesis Flashback

    Have you ever played the old Sega Genesis gaming system? If not you will get a chance with the new; revamped Sega Genesis flashback console. A new console being released in September from AtGames. The console itself will have 85 built-in titles, along with also having a cartridge port that will support all original Sega Genesis cartridges. Which is something that Nintendo’s throwback console greatly lacked after its release... Something that could greatly help it sell is that it looks relatively like the original Sega Genesis which could attract collectors. The gaming system also comes with two Genesis style 2.4GHZ wireless controllers, but also for ancient gamers it comes with 2 controller ports for gamers who like using classic wired controllers. The console also features a 720p HDMI output and scan line filtering which could greatly increase the graphics of the system. AtGames is hoping not to fail in the gaming market like the Nintendo NES Classic did, having to discontinue production earlier this year 

    Charity Stream! Gaming PC or $100 Xbox Card up for grabs!

    Charity Stream Giveaway! Gaming PC or $100 Xbox Card up for grabs!
    On June 10th the KSI Twitch Team - led by KSI N3XUS 7 - will be running a 48-hour livestream on Twitch.TV. The aim of this stream is to raise not only awareness - but funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
     
    During this stream there will be many activities: spokesmodels from our Sirens group, the championship match of our CoD: IW tourney, and finally a giveaway for all those who have donated!
     
    Anyone who donates between now and 2pm Eastern on Sunday 11th of June will be entered into a draw for one of following prizes, both provided by KSI Lillypad!
     
    -If you live in the United States you will receive a gaming PC with the specs below.
    http://www.pcrichard.com/CyberPowerPC/CyberPowerPC-Gamer-Supreme-Liquid-Cool-SLC9920-w-Intel-i7-7700K-4-2GHz-Gaming-Computer/SLC9920.pcrp
     
    -If you live outside of the United States you will receive a $100 Xbox gift card or equivalent currency.
     
    If you donate, you must send PROOF of your donation to a member of the KSI Twitch Team.
     
    The prizes will not be given out until at least a week after the stream when the donations can be verified by the receiving charity.

    IMPORTANT: Do not donate to KSI or to our stream channel. The following link is for any and all donations. https//tinyurl.com/ksiasfp
    Please also be aware that no donations go into our pockets, every single one goes straight to the charity.

    April 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

    March 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

     
    The April Of The Month Winners are in! April was a successful month for KSI, we had tournaments, squad splits, promotions, and most importantly everyone had fun. Listed below are the elite members of their designated rank, team, and/or position. Congratulations to all, no matter what rank, no matter what division, you have helped make this community stronger. If you did not win this time round, you and only you can make it possible next time round.
     
    Senior Leader of the Month
    KSI BIGG PAPA 7, Senior Director
     
    Director of the Month
    KSI Space Ops 7, HF, IE
     
    Division Leader of the Month
    KSI N3XUS 7, Twisted Reality {TR}
     
    Co-Division Leader of the Month
    KSI SugarMama 7, Hell Fire {HF}
     
    Founder of the Month
    KSI QUEENPINK 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Co-Founder of the Month
    KSI ZAVALA 7, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    General of the Month
    KSI Anubis 7, Lost Empire {LE}
     
    Officer of the Month
    KSI Nizzy, Lost Empire {LE}
     
    Member of the Month
    KSI Scoobybear, Arcane Kings {AK}
     
    Global Member of the Month
    KSI MONKEYY 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Forums Staff of the Month
    KSI Mizz Airy 7, Asst. Web Ops. Dir.
     
    Streamer of the Month
    KSI Chaoticz, Hell Fire {HF}

    Congratulations!

    There have been some incredible changes recently that are very deserving of recognition. 
    As of Sunday, 21 May 2017, the following occurred:
    - KSI Cali 7 was promoted to Senior Director,
    - KSI N3XUS 7 was promoted to Director over Reality Dynasty and Synthetic Reality,
    - And Twisted Reality split to create Arcane Kings!
    All of these changes show the great progress KSI continues to make. Arcane Kings will be led by KSI Red Fox 7 and KSI DrWaddles66, overseen by KSI Silvu 7 who will continue to be the Director over Twisted Reality and Lost Empire. 
    Congratulations again! 

    Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC 5

    Everyone has taken notice. It's been talked about since last year. And it is finally coming out - the Downloadable Content (DLC) #5 for Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

    With several news articles recently and a live reveal, the makers of Call of Duty announced that BO3 will be releasing their 5th DLC, called Zombies Chronicle. It will be released for PS4 and Xbox One only, with PS4 releasing first on May 16 then Xbox One sometime in June. DLC 5 will be separate from season pass holders and will cost $30.

    However, it will include 8 remastered zombie maps from World at War, Black Ops, and Black Ops II.
    - Nacht set Untoten, Verruckt, and Shi No Numa from COD World At War,
    - Kino der Untoten, Ascension, Shangri-La, and Moon from COD Black Ops,
    - and Orgins from COD Black Ops 2.
    These were the most popular maps from the whole side-story which began as a secret level at the end of World at War.

    Also included with the DLC is a number of other items that can help you survive the undead hordes. These include 20 bottles of Liquid Divinium which helps power up Gobbleguns that you can use in-game, 2 new types of gobblegums, and exclusive Zombies Pack-A-Punch Weapon Camo. There is also a dynamic system theme for your PlayStation if you pre-order it.

    Zombie Chronicals should be awesome and will bring back memories for any zombies fans out there

    Community Focus: Rome LE / Olympus LE

    After an unexpected split from Twisted Reality {TR}, the resurrected Lost Empire - under KSI Mizz Airy 7’s leadership - has seen great growth, success, and achievement. Growing from around 100 members to over 200 within a month. The most recent example of their success is Rome LE, a Destiny squad that split in the early days of May.
    At the onset of 2016, Twisted Reality {TR} performed the first Destiny squad split. Darkness TR, with KSI Mizz Airy as General, split into Light TR, with KSI BlazeDaily taking Darkness TR as General and KSI Spoonz taking Light TR as Major. When Twisted Reality {TR} split into Lost Empire {LE} KSI Spoonz renamed Light TR to Rome LE and split the squad into Thinis LE. KSI Anubis 7 assumed control over Rome LE while KSI rave nite 7 took Thinis LE.
    Almost a month following the division split and KSI Anubis 7 has split Rome LE into Olympus LE, thus moving up to Co-Founder. We asked him how he felt about splitting his squad and being given this new responsibility, “I feel great and proud. I fully believe that both squads are going to be successful in every way possible. As for my responsibilities as a Co-Founder I am going to do my very best to help out everyone that I can and be the role model that the new leadership of both squads can look up to as well as other squad leaders”
    KSI PissedMoose was promoted from Major to General over Rome LE upon the split. KSI PissedMoose has been close to the General position multiple times before. Previously a Captain in Beowulf WD before it was shut down, he worked extremely hard within his squad. When we asked him how it felt to finally be given a squad of his own he said, “Honestly it's kind of surreal. I have been striving for this goal for a long time now and have worked my butt off to get where I am and I am just happy to see my hard work paying off.” 
    We were interested in what goals KSI PissedMoose had for his squad in the near future, he stated, “My goals for Rome are to create future leaders. Because of the way Destiny has declined in popularity and has made it very hard to recruit on, my intention is to focus more on moulding the future Leaders of KSI. Now that doesn't mean we won't be looking to build, that's a given, but my primary focus is those future Generals that I see in my squad."
    Additionally, KSI Tig3rs was promoted from 1CPT to Major over Olympus LE. Moving up from Captain to having his own squad is a big responsibility and step, from what I have heard about KSI Tig3rs, his patience and determination are what makes him the ideal candidate to run a squad. First recruited into Darkness TR by KSI Spoonz, KSI Tig3rs began to soak up knowledge about KSI pretty quickly. We’ve heard scary stories about his PvP skill too…
    Although congratulations are due towards KSI Anubis 7 and his team for splitting Rome LE, we cannot forget the person in the boss chair. KSI Mizz Airy 7 took one squad from Twisted Reality (TR), one squad from Final Reality (FR), and the remnants of Blades of the Eternal (BE) the PS4 Division. With these 3 squads, KSI Mizz Airry 7 has turned Lost Empire into a division with 7 squads. A remarkable feat in just over a month.
    Being the overlord of Lost Empire {LE} we asked KSI Mizz Airy 7 some questions on how she feels about the split and her division's general improvement;
    Q. “How do you feel about Rome LE splitting into Olympus LE?”
    “ I'm really proud of the effort put in towards getting Rome to split again. The dedication those members have, not only to their squad but to their brother squads (Thinis and Olympus) is exactly what I am aiming for in this build. ”
    Q. “Are there any members within the two squads that you would like to give a shoutout to for working hard?”
    “Every person in Rome did their parts. We have several members going through hard times personally, and one of the officers is even going through a military move, but it hasn't stopped any of them. Anubis has done an outstanding job at creating a cohesive and supportive environment for these squads to build.”
    Q. “Where do you see these two squads in one months time?”
    “In a month, I see all three squads as fully functioning in their own rights with a new set of officers trained and at the helm, possibly preparing Rome for another split.”

    Overall, it seems that Lost Empire is a tight division that likes to keep its members close together no matter if they split or not. KSI YinKo is even running a Destiny tournament that involves: Rome LE, Olympus LE, and Thinis LE! Great to see these three squads working well together and leading KSI on the Destiny front! Congratulations to Rome LE on the split, keep up the good work and we will see where Lost Empire {LE} stands in the near future!

    Bonded By Knowledge: A Perspective on Mentorship

    by KSI S0u1Gamerxx and KSI Zavala 7   A teacher, a trainer, a tutor. These are all words used in the same effect as a mentor, except, I feel that a mentor is more than that. They are a small minority of people, they who see potential and cultivate that. Like bees in a blossoming flower. Bees are a community; they live, work, teach, live, survive in the same hive. The mentor (bee) pollinates flowers but they specifically focus on blossoming flowers because they are the future. So just like the bees, mentors give there knowledge to the future for new leaders. To implant themselves into the men-tee but without destroying the ambition, passion and fire in their hearts. They have the ability to coach, these people into seeking and creating future goals. By having an open mind and a positive attitude, by being able to better themselves every time and create bigger goals as they grow.   Men-tees, on the other hand, are like an untouched canvas, they are there waiting to be painted. They are open minded; they are just waiting to gain Knowledge, Strength and Integrity. He/she must wear many hats throughout the process. I don't mean process like a robot being built in a factory, I mean the development of the mind of a men-tee. This is a vital step in making a successful leader. Men-tee’s work to build skills, knowledge and abilities and become successful in all these key components. Their ability to qualify for receiving and acting on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life.   Successful men-tees recognize that relationships between mentor and men-tee takes time to develop like a blacksmith with his skill. They know that communication is a two way street, they help their mentor and vice verse. They are flexible, they move around their mentor, making room, time, and effort. But most important they are open minded; they will always consider all sides of the options   An example of this is the relationship between myself (KSI S0u1Gamerxx) and Zeus (now known as KSI Zavala 7). I came into KSI, not knowing my ability, my strengths, my knowledge of KSI were very minimal, and my leadership qualities non-existent. Zeus was the person that I contacted and he instantly taught me about being a KSI member. He taught me to this day be who I am now - a leader. However the relationship between mentor and men-tee was built over a long period of time; it’s still growing today.   Zeus has taught me to lead and be successful. He has taught me to be precise and consistent, like a shooter always hitting his targets. He told me to always define expectations, what he means by that is to set goals, make your mentor know what to expect from you. Following on from this he always asks to be positive in all situations apart form those where you feel you need to step in and to change or tweak any issues. ‘You’re the Night-Wing to my Batman, and we need to get these guys going!’ I love this quote by Zeus because it really does interpret what a mentor and men-tee should be defined as. They should never by opposite, however you can get cases where opposites attract like yin and yang.    ---------------------------------------------------------------   The relationship of mentor and mentee is much like a gardner and his garden to me, KSI Zavala 7. Sometimes a mentor will have a few mentees, and sometimes, such as with KSI Cali 7 is to me, there is only one. A mentor is like the embodiment of a solution, he has done the necessary training to do so; up holds that title. It's not given to you, but it's something that chooses you. Mentors hold the knowledge of knowing direction, placing things in set for the men-tee to use, and figure out how. I can say it's like a flame to light their darkest path or, watering seeds in the garden water symbolizes what we know, and we pour that to help the mentee grow and they eventually become a stem so we kick up the ingredients of their development, because at this point he's needing more than the water (knowledge).   We now need Sunlight which is the motivation to get them going , fertilizer which is freedom, room to learn and experiment, then more water to aid in the phase of development. I can say Cali and I have mastered the relationship of Mentor and Men-tee. We share various ways of development like getting members to see their true potential, and communicating with our members to set a goal and accomplishing it without failure. This connection was built by trust and understanding our boundaries, meaning he's Ra's Al Ghul and I'm a very young Batman. I know I'm really good , but he can shape that greatness and focus it to a goal and not it being out of control. As you move into these two privileges you know that you play the Men-tee more than anything , because you learn from the experiences of your student that you teach. Let's embrace our learning and lead by example.