37 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 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.

    Why Nintendo is Finally Cracking Down on 'Super Smash Bros.' feat. The Yard's Aiden & Slime

    Why Nintendo is Finally Cracking Down on 'Super Smash Bros.' feat. The Yard's Aiden & Slime

    It's been a long week in 'Super Smash Bros.' and we can only explain with a long episode. The Yard's Anthony "Slime" Bruno and Aiden McCaig, long-time tournament organizers and now staff at Ludwig Ahgren's Mogul Moves, join the podcast to discuss the nuance behind why Nintendo is enforcing its copyright rights on the 21-year-old title.
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    The Internet's Most Popular Music Critic Anthony Fantano on His Drake Feud & Viral Success

    The Internet's Most Popular Music Critic Anthony Fantano on His Drake Feud & Viral Success

    Known as the "Internet's busiest music nerd", Anthony Fantano, aka The Needle Drop, is the web's most popular music critic. His takes on Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean and Kanye West have garnered him hundreds of millions of views and in 2020, The New York Times called him, "The Only Music Critic Who Matters (if You’re Under 25)." Recently, he got in a feud with Drake after giving Drizzy's latest album a bad rating. He joins Jacob to discuss how his work is affecting the music culture and how he's remained relevant for more than 13 years.
    "I'm in a very unique position that nobody else is in and nobody else has been in and I sort of take solace in that. I'm definitely a part of the conversation, like the general music discourse. I am definitely a part of, in terms of the things that I say, the anticipation for whatever I'm going to say, the reactions to the things that I say that people have. And even down to if I go on some kind of user generated, music review site or something like that, I see people throwing down like, you know, multi paragraph reviews and they'll end it off like, yep, I'm kind of feeling a light eight on this one. It's just funny to see my scoring system casually turning up in people's vocabulary."
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    No One Gives a F**k About Esports

    No One Gives a F**k About Esports

    It's been four months since we launched 'Visionaries' and there's been one reoccurring theme: No one gives a fuck about esports. With a recent report from Deloitte that esports engagement decreased by nearly half in 2022 versus 2021 in Europe, Jacob and Prem take some time to review past interviews, answer audience questions and discuss critically why fewer and fewer people are engaging with competitive game.
    You can follow Jacob here and Prem here.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Former Investment Banker Building the PG-13 OnlyFans Alternative

    The Former Investment Banker Building the PG-13 OnlyFans Alternative

    Rosie "jasminericegirl" Nguyen is a content creator and the co-founder of Fanhouse, a PG-13 creator platform helping influencers better monetize their content. Rosie's Twitter first became famous for openly speaking about her thoughts on sex and her sex life. She founded the company after losing a work-study job while in college at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business amid frustrations with harassment on the likes of OnlyFans and other platforms. Now, Fanhouse is home to more than 1,200 monthly creators.
    "I'm a person with very strong convictions. I have a strong moral code that I live by and I don't do things that I believe are like harmful to people or bad for society. Talking about sex in a positive way is not one of those things. I really don't believe people or women should be shamed. For what? Being horny. That's not a crime."
    You can follow Rosie and Fanhouse here.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Why Esports Startups are Failing

    Why Esports Startups are Failing

    After just three years, beloved esports social media startup Juked is shutting its doors after failing to find funding and gain product momentum. Why is that esports startups continue to fail? Why aren't there deeply engaged esports fans? And are all the data reports out there about esports being "the next big thing" just absolute bull$!%&? Juked's founder Ben "Fishstix" Goldhaber joins the show to discuss what went wrong and the dismal trend the industry is experiencing, but continues to ignore.
    "A lot of the industry doesn't listen to some of the problems that we've discussed in this, whether that be willful ignorance or they don't want to hear it because they are super passionate about something or whatever it might be. But I do think it's really important for the future of people's careers, for future startup founders, for other people trying to work in this space to have a better holistic view of where issues lie"
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    How Creator of the Year Nominee QTCinderella is Building An Empire

    How Creator of the Year Nominee QTCinderella is Building An Empire

    QTCinderella has become one of the most recognizable women on Twitch in the past few years. Her regular streams have built her a loving community, but her events have built her a fanbase of millions. After being nominated for Content Creator of the Year 2022 by The Game Awards on Dec. 8, she's not sure if she truly deserved the nod. After a year with TSM, she is excited about her potential to find her definition of success with her new sponsor, Misfits.
    "I am not successful on my own...And so without that community, I don't think I'm successful. I realize that I'm the glue that puts these people together and gives them this platform to do this really cool thing"
    You can follow QTCinderella here.
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    • 1 hr 10 min

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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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.

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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.

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