In this Tribe Meets interview, we have the honor of sitting down with Gabriel Alivide, whose exceptional leadership as a Tribe Campus Leader has set the bar high for gaming communities in tertiary universities.
Gabriel shares his inspiration, experiences, and strategies as he successfully attracted over 1000 engaged gamers on his campus, making him the first Tribe Campus Leader to achieve this feat. With his recent appointment as the Campus Coordinator for Nigeria and Ghana, Gabriel also sheds light on his responsibilities in expanding the Tribe Campus Leader program in these regions.
Join us as we delve into his experiences, accomplishments, and the impact he has made.
Can you take us through your journey as a Tribe Campus Leader and what inspired you to build a gaming community on your campus?
Gabriel: Sure! I've always had a passion for games and everything gaming-related. When I discovered the role of a Tribe Campus Leader and what it entailed, I saw an opportunity to create a thriving gaming community on my campus. I wanted to bring together like-minded individuals who shared the same love for games, create a space for them to connect, compete, share experiences, and have fun. That's what inspired me to take on the challenge and build a gaming community on my campus.
Reaching 1000 members in any community is an incredible achievement. You were the first ever to do it as a Tribe Campus Leader. How did you manage to attract such a large and engaged group of gamers on your campus?
Gabriel: Building a community of 1000 members was definitely a journey. I started by leveraging my friendships and encouraging them to join and spread the word to their acquaintances. Additionally, I collaborated with various campus groups, game shops, and even faculty PROs to promote and organize exciting gaming tournaments. Implementing a rewards system for tournament winners and consistently engaging with the community also played a big role in keeping members active and involved.
With your appointment as the first Campus Coordinator for Nigeria and Ghana, what responsibilities and expectations do you have in guiding and expanding the Tribe Campus Leader program in these regions?
Gabriel: As the Campus Coordinator for Nigeria and Ghana, my main responsibility is to guide and support the Tribe Campus Leader program effectively. I want to ensure that campus leaders have the resources and assistance they need to build and grow their gaming communities. I also aim to identify and nurture potential leaders, making the role more manageable and fulfilling for them. Ultimately, I want to create a strong network of gaming communities across different campuses in Africa, contributing to Tribe's mission of community-building in the region.
Moving beyond campus boundaries, you've also excelled as a pro gamer in Call of Duty Mobile. Tell us about your journey as a competitive player and your memorable experience at the CoDM event at 1stival this year.
Gabriel: My journey as a pro gamer in Call of Duty Mobile has been an exciting one. I dedicated countless hours to improving my skills, participating in scrimmages, and entering tournaments. As my gameplay improved, I started gaining recognition in the competitive scene. One of my most memorable experiences was participating in the CoDM event at 1stival this year. Competing against top players pushed me to enhance my skills, and the exhibition matches showcased the importance of individual talent within a team. It was a fantastic experience that fueled my passion for the game even further.
Balancing your studies as a final-year Mechanical Engineering student with your gaming commitments and community leadership must be challenging. How do you manage your time effectively to excel in both areas?
Gabriel: Balancing my studies, gaming commitments, and community leadership is indeed challenging. I tackle it by prioritizing tasks, creating a schedule, and allocating specific time for academics, gaming, and my responsibilities as a campus leader. I make sure to communicate with my professors and request extensions when needed. Productivity tools also help me stay organized and meet deadlines. It's all about effective time management and finding a balance that allows me to excel in both areas.
Being recognized as a benchmark for campus leadership is no small feat. What unique strategies or initiatives did you implement that ensured the success and growth of your gaming community?
Gabriel: To ensure the success and growth of my gaming community, I implemented various strategies. Themed gaming tournaments, collaborations with other campus groups, and periodic trivia sessions were some of the initiatives that helped create engagement and attract new members. Prompt responses, active moderation, and a focused approach to relevant content were essential to maintaining a dynamic and inclusive environment. Ultimately, it was about creating a welcoming space where everyone felt valued and included, regardless of their gaming preferences or skill levels.
As a Tribe Campus Leader, you have been responsible for hosting events, managing budgets, and engaging the community. What have been some of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of these responsibilities?
Gabriel: Hosting events and engaging with the community as a Tribe Campus Leader has been incredibly rewarding. Seeing the connections formed and the friendships that have developed within the community has been truly special. However, managing budgets for different events posed some challenges. It required careful planning to ensure we organized tournaments at regular intervals without repeating them excessively. Balancing these responsibilities was a great learning experience that has helped me grow as a leader.
Tribe prides itself on inclusivity, providing a space for all gamers. How did you ensure that your community was welcoming and accommodating to gamers of various backgrounds and game preferences?
Gabriel: Ensuring inclusivity in the gaming community was a deliberate effort. I made sure to organize events representing a diverse range of game categories, actively sought feedback from community members, and had a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination. By promoting a culture of respect and appreciation for different gaming preferences, we created an environment where every gamer felt valued and respected, regardless of the specific games they played. It was about putting the choice of the community first and creating a space where everyone could participate and contribute.
Looking back on your journey, what are some of the most memorable moments or experiences you've had as a Tribe Campus Leader?
Gabriel: There have been so many amazing moments as a Tribe Campus Leader. In-person events, like our tournaments at game houses or collaborations with campus hostels, have created incredible memories. Witnessing the community grow from just a few members to a vibrant network has been immensely fulfilling. And receiving testimonials from community.
In A Nutshell
Gabriel's journey as a Tribe Campus Leader and pro gamer showcases the immense dedication, passion, and leadership required to build a strong gaming community. His achievements, including reaching 1000 members, excelling in competitive gaming, and being appointed as the first Campus Coordinator for Nigeria and Ghana, highlight his exceptional contributions. Through his insights and experiences, aspiring Campus Leaders can learn valuable lessons on fostering inclusivity, managing time effectively, and creating a thriving gaming community within their universities.