Presenting: Matthew "Classic" Sim - Assistant Manager!
Here at Mentality, we're always making moves, whether it's staff, players, creators, we want to bring anyone on board that shares our ideals and can help us be the best we can be. Today we have the great pleasure of announcing our new Assistant Manager, someone who we believe fits those characteristic we look for, and will be a major positive influence on everyone in the Mentality Family, please join us in welcoming, Matthew "Classic" Sim. I got the chance to sit down and talk to Classic about his new role here at Mentality, and here's what he had to say. Enjoy!
So to start off, how about some personal info about yourself? Who you are, what you’re doing for Mentality, and your history in Esports.
Well, my name is Matthew Sim, or Classic. My original gamertag is RESTACKZ. I am the [Assistant] Manager for Mentality Esports. I’ve been in Esports since 2013, I am 19 years old, I was born in Canada, lived in Boston for 12 years, and for the last 7 years I’ve lived in Virginia. I am going into the Marines in November, and I currently work as a Marketing Manager for the #1 Remodeling Business in the Mid-Atlantic.
My first contact with Esports was in competitive Call of Duty, where I had a contract with MLG. I went from that, straight to running a team, which became Velocity Esports. At the age of 15, May of 2014, is when I launched Velocity Esports, which is where I met [Matt] Trotta. I was there for about 2 years. We ended up having a top-placing Halo team, and all four former players are all pro. Unfortunately, I ended up having to step down following our final top 8 placing at a Halo event, but it was an organizational stepping stone for people that are still currently involved in Esports. I was really passionate about it, but I had to step down so I could focus on school.
After a year hiatus, I ended up coming back to Esports in my Junior year, working for Circa Esports for a very brief period and then starting another organization from scratch called RebellionGG that was focused around FGCs and StarCraft. Again, I had to prioritize school over Esports, taking another break for about half a year. Senior year, I jumped back into Esports for a third time to compete in Halo. After I graduated, I started a team based off of a non-profit charity where I made it to my first event in Atlanta. Eventually, the transition between high school, and adulthood had to take precedence so I wasn’t able to flourish in Esports at the time. However, taking a break from ESports didn’t see fit because of this rough transition. Instead, I went to two more LAN events; Denver and Orlando, as a photographer and coach.
Throughout the years, I have been a CEO, General Manager, Social Media Manager, Marketing Manager, Graphic Designer, Video Editor, Coach, Talent Manager, Content Creator and Photographer. These skills carried over to the work I’d do in my personal life, such as the Brand Management, Director of Programs, and Data Administration positions I had at my “real life jobs”. [Recently] I had a really strong gut feeling to contact Matt Trotta, and see how things were going. That’s when I realized I had not felt this strong passion for Esports in a long time. I wanted to be involved. Seeing Matt, who came in to Velocity as a streamer, grow and seeing that same passion that I had, I wanted to join on. So that’s where I am at today.
So you obviously have a long history with Esports, filling a lot of roles and such. It seems like in the past, your shortcomings in Esports have been due to personal restraints, whether it be time, finances, [etc.]. Do you think your experience in Esports and your experience with those shortcomings will help you in your new role at Mentality?
Absolutely. I am definitely a [believer] that everything happens for a reason. In the big picture, even though it’s a cliche, you can’t succeed without failure. I’m the type of person that likes to learn the hard way, because I take gratitude in learning how to do things that were very difficult and then doing it right. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Every single mistake I made is a lesson, every single good I have received or given is a blessing only because of those lessons. Either a blessing or a lesson. Only way is forward! I am sure there’s a much more simple and wiser way of saying all of that [laughs]!
No, that was perfect. Alright so, coming into [Mentality], I’m sure your familiar with some of the people here, you already mentioned you knew Matt. What were your initial thoughts when you joined?
I do not really like to set expectations or anything, so we will see what happens from here. I am going to give it my all, and I am probably going to be doing most of my work behind the scenes, I am glad to be a part of it, and I know if I give it my all, and when everyone works together, only good things can happen. Yes, more will be revealed!
Alright well I know you said you don’t like to set expectations, but do you have any short term goals that you’d like to complete right off the bat? How about long term?
My personal goal is to get to know everyone on a first-name and personal basis, whether they are a staff member, player, content creator, I want to form that relationship. I think it is most important in a business to form relationships because it lays a strong foundation, and the stronger the foundation, the higher the potential to go with it. From my previous experience with Velocity, I treated all my staff, players, and eventually the fans, the same way as I wanted to be treated. The results multiplied and made my job so much easier. That is my short term goal. After that, just work. Whatever needs to be done will get done, I haven’t been on the inside scenes of knowing exactly what needs to be done in different aspects of Mentality, but after getting to know everyone and their strengths and weaknesses, we can start working. I am going to push myself, and everyone who is working with me. One of the goals for Mentality is to make us the most positive example of organizations there is. The most important part of an organization to me, is the unity. Making sure we are on the same page, and working together towards a better future.
Very well said. Moving on from the business side of the interview, You said you got your start in competitive Call of Duty? What’s the story there?
A: It was in fact Call of Duty: Ghosts. I do not remember exactly how it happened, but someone asked me if I would like to join an MLG team. At first, I did not believe they were an MLG team, and it ended up just being a gamebattles team. I joined, and it led to me personally getting my own contract with MLG. Because of my school life, and mostly my parents disagreeing with my career choices due to how it interfered with my priorities and school/family life, I had to set the controller down. That’s when I decided if I could not compete, I would run a team.
With your extensive history in Esports, you’ve surely been to a lot of events?
I’ve been to 4 LAN events, the first one I was an owner, with the Velocity halo team that placed top 12 at Gamers for Giving in 2014, I was a player in Dreamhack Atlanta this past year, with a team that I started for non-profit, I wanted to expose the gaming community to the non-profit community.Then I went to Dreamhack Denver as a photographer, and [MLG Orlando] as a coach.
Out of all of the events that you’ve attended, was there a specific one that you would call your favorite?
To be honest, I wouldn’t be able to pin down a specific one I would call my favorite. All the events I have been to were special and unique in their own ways. From an Esports fanatic perspective favorite was MLG Orlando, it was my first MLG event and I was so impressed, and it was a ton of fun. But from a business perspective, Denver was my favorite event because of all of the networking opportunities as a photographer. The most fun I had at an event however, was Dreamhack Atlanta, I drove down with people I knew personally, and we stayed the weekend there. I enjoyed every second of it.
Do you have any events that we can expect to see you at this year?
I ship out for boot camp in November, but any event before then I would like to be at.
Before I sign off here, is there anything you would like to say to the fans, the players, your fellow staff, and really to Mentality as a whole?
If you know me, you know what I can bring to the table, if you don’t know me, get to know me so I can help you grow or you can help me. Growing is just my favorite thing so I will take any opportunity to do so. Everything I’ve done in the past, anyone can do, as long as you have the passion for Esports. And make sure to follow Mentality on Twitter, Facebook, [etc.], because there are moves being made, and when moves are being made, mouths are being shut. In the long run we’ll be able to see what Mentality is, but for now the only word I can give to you is that I will give it my all, and I hope you can join me, us, Mentality, Pasta, Trotta, and everyone else in this journey. Strap in, it’s gonna be a fun one.
I'd like to thank Matthew for taking the time to do this interview. With Classic on board, we're very confident that he will be a massive help in pushing Mentality to the next level, and we're all excited to get to work with him. Stay tuned to see exactly what we can do, and remember to keep a #ClearMentality.