22 episodes

Gaming, new media, and influence—where do they all intersect? From former ESPN, award-winning journalist Jacob Wolf and Overcome comes Visionaries, a new twice-weekly podcast that interviews some of the most powerful people on the Internet. Hear from your favorite content creators, game developers, pro gamers and others who shape the media we consume today. No question is off the table.

Visionaries: Gaming, Media and the Internet Dissected Overcome

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Gaming, new media, and influence—where do they all intersect? From former ESPN, award-winning journalist Jacob Wolf and Overcome comes Visionaries, a new twice-weekly podcast that interviews some of the most powerful people on the Internet. Hear from your favorite content creators, game developers, pro gamers and others who shape the media we consume today. No question is off the table.

    Can Overwatch 2 Reinvigorate the Franchise? feat. Seagull

    Can Overwatch 2 Reinvigorate the Franchise? feat. Seagull

    Brandon "Seagull" Larned is a former Overwatch professional player and a content creator on YouTube. This week, Blizzard released Overwatch 2, the sequel to one of 2016's Games of the Year. But so far, the reception's been mixed—with many, including Seagull, saying the sequel isn't actually a sequel at all. From minor iterations on gameplay to just three new characters, one new game mode, and a few maps, Overwatch 2 isn't "redefining a sequel" as it was once pitched. Or at least not yet.
    "Going back historically over the past couple years, it's been a pretty steep and steady decline in interest and engagement in the franchise. The community sentiment around the game has been kind of boredom and also confusion, particularly in the last year. But when I look at the overall franchise, when a developer stops working on it for years and then they have all these competitors come out one after another that are all free to play live service audiences, the interest in the game just starts to dwindle very, very quickly."
    You can follow Seagull here.
    Go to https://betterhelp.com/visionaries for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 58 min
    What's Next for Twitch and YouTube's Biggest Creators? feat. Stanz

    What's Next for Twitch and YouTube's Biggest Creators? feat. Stanz

    Nathan Stanz is a livestreamer on Twitch and the co-founder of Offbrand, a new creative agency he started with creators Ludwig Ahgren and Atrioc and long-time gaming executive Nick Allen. The company's first show is "Juiced", a game show hosted by xQc, the most watched individual streamer on Twitch.
    "It is easy for us and we also bear the burden of the cost. We believe in our ability to go out there and secure sponsors. To go against this using things like the ability to fall back on Ludwig to help out with his brand-friendly face. So I'm confident in our abilities to do literally everything in the sphere, and we're only talking about content in the form of shows. We wanna do this in a lot of things."
    You can follow Stanz here.
    Go to https://betterhelp.com/visionaries for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Why Twitch is Slashing Creator Pay and Becoming Closer to Amazon

    Why Twitch is Slashing Creator Pay and Becoming Closer to Amazon

    Cecilia D'Anastasio is a reporter covering video games at Bloomberg and Zachary Diaz is the former director of emerging content at Twitch. Over the past 10 days, Twitch has been under fire. The Amazon-owned livestreaming platform banned unregulated gambling content, but then said it will reduce creator pay. It is reportedly struggling to curb child predation.
    "It's absolutely true that the investments or the lack of prioritization from the start really put Twitch into the position where it is today. If Twitch had taken its understanding of monetization at the time and where it needed to be profitability wise from the start and said, ads are going to be a core part of our business moving forward seven, eight, nine years ago, maybe both creators and communities and audiences wouldn't be as disgusted with the changes that are coming out right now."
    You can follow Cecilia and Zachary here.
    Go to https://betterhelp.com/visionaries for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 35 min
    How NBA 2K is Teaching New Players About Old Legends with Ronnie2K

    How NBA 2K is Teaching New Players About Old Legends with Ronnie2K

    Ronnie "Ronnie2K" Singh is the digital marketing director and face of the NBA 2K franchise. Over the past decade, he's become the scapegoat for some of the most high-profile NBA players—the likes of Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns and others—frustrated with their in-game ranking not matching their self-assessed, real-life skill. But he's also seen something more deep in the culture, as a new generation of basketball fans become educated through the franchise.
    "2K is now an educational device on these guys' brands and we help them build collectively into bigger properties, and that's why Kevin Durant is involved in those conversations. Just that's why the Jordan Challengers are in 2K. There's the younger kids don't know Michael Jordan as well. And so it's our responsibility to, to keep him top of mind and relevant as the greatest of all time."
    You can follow Ronnie and NBA 2K here.
    Go to https://betterhelp.com/visionaries for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 46 min
    The Agency Turning Gaming Creators Into Millionaires

    The Agency Turning Gaming Creators Into Millionaires

    Brandon Freytag is the co-founder of and chief of creator monetization at Loaded, a management agency that represents high-profile content creators such as DrLupo, Shroud, CouRage, QTCinderella, Doublelift, and more. He previously represented Ninja. As companies like Microsoft's now-defunct livestreaming platform Mixer, YouTube and Facebook have vied to take market share from Twitch, Loaded's been on the precipice of multi-million dollar creators deals.
    "Competition's good cause it breeds innovation. Not only does Twitch have to make changes to their platform cause they see what YouTube is doing, then YouTube does the same thing. Ultimately we're getting to an end point where the platforms have a better product for the creators to use."
    You can follow Brandon and Loaded here.
    Go to https://betterhelp.com/visionaries for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 55 min
    Compassionately Making Team Liquid into a Half Billion Dollar Esports Organization feat. Steve Arhancet

    Compassionately Making Team Liquid into a Half Billion Dollar Esports Organization feat. Steve Arhancet

    In May, Forbes named Team Liquid the third most valuable organization in all of esports at a whopping $440 million valuation. With new investment, its co-CEO Steve "Liquid112" Arhancet built the most expensive roster in Western "League of Legends" history. But it didn't work out—and now the team is figuring out what's next.
    "It’s human nature to crumble. It’s okay. It didn’t work out. I put that together. I decided to put that roster together. ... And unfortunately, it didn’t work out and there’s no one to blame."
    You can follow Steve and Team Liquid here.
    Go to https://betterhelp.com/visionaries for 10% off your first month of therapy with BetterHelp and get matched with a therapist who will listen and help.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

orangesoda_ ,

An Esports Podcast with Substance

Visionaries features interesting conversations with notable individuals in esports. Developers, pro gamers, and content creators discuss their careers and the challenges that come from navigating the competitive and ever-changing esports landscape.

ONR33K4Y4 ,

Breath of fresh air

Everyone wants to tell the hard-hitting stories and have the meaningful conversations. But with the world the way it is today, few are afforded those opportunities. I love seeing that an established name like Jacob is taking his platform and influence and using it to fill a much-needed hole in the esports journalism space.

EthanGarcia523 ,

Just what I expected from Jacob Wolf.

Informative, entertaining, insightful. If you’re familiar with Jacob Wolf and his work, you know that these are all qualities that have enabled him to stand out in the industry for so long. This podcast lets these attributes shine further than they can simply through writing and truly brings out why Jacob is where he is today. With a mix of hard-hitting and lighthearted questions, Jacob effectively helps audiences learn more about his guests and what has made them “visionaries” in their fields, and does so in such a comfortable, conversational manner.

You Might Also Like

100 Thieves
The Yard
Hasan Piker & Will Neff
QTCinderella & Maya Higa
The Josh Leesman Experience
Trash Taste Podcast