Reflecting on 2021 at Skelp

It’s hard summing up 2021.

I spend so much of my time planning for what we do next at Skelp that it leaves little opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done.

But as we move into 2022, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at what’s been an amazing, and sometimes difficult, year.

We started the year hosting tournament after tournament, mainly for our Call of Duty community - and it’s them I want to give a huge thanks to.

They are the backbone of Skelp and have been almost everything that was good about us in 2021. They are talented players, passionate viewers and loyal subscribers - but, above all, they’ve been the best fans in esports. I know it’s a difficult time for the game and what we’re going to do in it, but I’ll always be immensely loyal to you lot and there will always be a place for you in what Skelp does.

As the year went on, we began experimenting with our own teams - something that has always been part of the long term plan.

In a year, we’ve had numerous Call of Duty teams as well as representation in Warzone, Rocket League and League of Legends.

And we’ve ended the year by really establishing ourselves in VALORANT. Our success at SEL4 was a huge moment for me and helped shape the strategy we now have moving forward in the game in 2022.

I have to say a huge thanks to the partners we’ve had throughout the year. G4 Claims have been a constant and their support has allowed us to do a lot of things we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do.

Red Bull, Utopia Computers, Kingston Fury, Koban Coins, Mental Munchies and Razer have been amazing in their support at different times too.

I hope we can continue working with all of you in 2022.

We’ve brought in more talented people to Skelp, adding awesome content creators alongside our competitive players. I can’t thank all of them enough for the faith they’ve shown. I will never have done enough for all of you, but I won’t stop trying.

To the guys who have helped me behind the scenes, like Narst, Sam, Keogh, Stoogzy, Elmo, Masty and anyone else who has slipped my mind - thanks for all you’ve done. I am eternally grateful for it.

But my final thanks has to go to anyone who considers themselves a Skelp fan.

That fandom is something I’m striving to cultivate more and more with everything we do. I really believe a point will come in time when people mention their support of an esports team before they mention which football or rugby team they follow.

I want Skelp to be that team!

2021 was all about establishing ourselves and what we do. It's been really, really, REALLY hard doing it, with challenges I absolutely did not expect to face. But I think we've made some amazing progress to become Scotland's best esports team - and one of the UK's best. 2022 is about taking it to the next level.

If you come along for the journey, I promise you won’t regret it.

I hope you all have an amazing New Year and 2022 gives you everything you want!