Hello everyone! 2019 was yet another fantastic year for all of us here at Online Performers Group (OPG). In fact, in a lot of ways, it was the best one to date. With the curtain almost ready to close on the year, we thought it was the perfect time to pause and take a look back at everything the OPG family accomplished in 2019.
New Year, New Digs
To kick things off in 2019, our team made one of the biggest moves in our company’s five-year history; and we mean that quite literally. Towards the beginning of the first quarter, we picked up our things and moved a little over 10 miles north to our new offices in La Jolla, California. While this move provided a lot of immediate improvements (like places for new employees to sit and a location close to the beach) it has also become so much more.
Our expanded office space has provided us the ability to build not one, but two separate streaming studios on-site. These two studio spaces have already been utilized for a variety of different purposes. A couple of notable ones would be our weekly Office Hours broadcasts and most recently, our Company Town Hall.
While we intend on continuing to find new, creative ways to utilize this space, we made this decision to provide yet another asset to our clients and other streamers who may be in need of the space.
Additionally, our new office served as the headquarters for the first-ever OPG Media Day. We’ve noticed more and more media coverage within the industry this past year. This Media Day allowed us to help best prepare our clients for these inquiries should the opportunities arise.
In addition to the media training, we also offered our clients the opportunity to meet with other experienced professionals. Financial planners, real estate workshops, and training for IRL streaming were all made available while visiting our offices. Finally, we were able to conduct some photoshoots and of course, take the OPG family out to Korean BBQ. After all, what gathering of streamers would be complete without KBBQ?
We’ve always been proud of the way our OPG staff takes pride and ownership over their work. We’ve worked hard to cultivate a client-first mindset at OPG and that means always doing the best we can to make their lives just a little bit easier.
“Hold off before you spend your time, effort, or money. I’m gonna see what we can do.” – Audrey (Senior Account Manager)
This simple message from Audrey, one of our esteemed Senior Account Managers, is but a single example of the type of exemplary service that our account team strives for on a daily basis.
While our account team continues to focus on direct client services, we’re never ones to rest on our laurels. In fact, we feel that it’s an obligation to our clients to continuously find ways to improve.
The reality of our industry is that it is still relatively new and is constantly evolving. Because of this, we owe it to ourselves and our clients to continue to evolve with it. It was with this mindset that we made the decision to expand our OPG family and bring in Shane Wilson to serve as our new Chief Revenue Officer. Shane brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team and has made it his goal to help OPG do more to increase our client’s financial stability.
Shane wasn’t the only new addition that we made to our team in 2019. Sara and Rachel were also brought in as our new Account Specialist and Executive Assistant respectively; not to mention Tyler being brought on as an Account Manager at the tail end of 2018. Incorporating these new team members was a necessity given our company trajectory, but the results have been anything but rudimentary. Their combination of industry knowledge, experience, and work ethic has made them invaluable members of the team and we’re excited to see what 2020 has in store for them.
For us, TwitchCon 2019 was as convenient as it could have possibly been given that it was held right here in our backyard. As soon as the announcement dropped, our office filled with excitement. First and foremost, we didn’t have to travel to the convention. That in and of itself was incredibly convenient for our team. Beyond that, we didn’t have to worry about figuring out how the area around the convention would play out.
— Max Gonzalez (@GassyMexican) September 29, 2019
For a lot of us, however, the highlight of the show was no doubt our OPG party. Recent OPG signing, Grimecraft, opened the show and the one and only T-Pain headlined (big thanks to 7-11 for sponsoring the event!). This was the first major convention party we’ve thrown for our clients and I don’t think it’s an understatement to call it a resounding success. Drinks, music, and great people are always a combination for a good time, but when you top all that off with a headlining performance by a Grammy Award-winner, well, it doesn’t get much better.
While the party itself was a hit with our guests, what we were truly proud of was how much our clients enjoyed it. We set them up with their own VIP entrance and did everything we could to make sure they had a good time, after all, the party really was for them. Without their hard work, none of it would have been possible and this was just one small way for us to give back to those that have given us so much through the last few years.
Speaking of those fine folks who had such a good time at our party, 2019 was also quite a successful year for our clients. In fact, looking at everything together, our clients combined for 11 billion minutes watched on Twitch alone. For some perspective, that’s about 40 percent of the viewership that South Park pulled in for 2019. As if that wasn’t enough, our clients also combined to take part in nearly 1,500 sponsored streams over the course of the last year.
2019 will always be looked at fondly for us here at OPG as the year we were able to expand our client-base and include “Non-Traditional Clients” as members of the OPG family. We’ve already mentioned T-Pain, but other musicians like Herman Li of Dragonforce and Grimecraft have also hired us for management this year. Beyond music, we’ve also begun working with professional athletes in traditional sports like Trevor May of the Minnesota Twins. While our work for our non-traditional clients is still largely based on gaming, it has helped us to expand beyond what we would have ever thought just a short year ago.
The OPG Family
There’s no doubt that 2019 was a momentous year for all of us here at OPG. While we’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the course of the last 12 months, we also want to take some time to enjoy some of the significant personal accomplishments we’ve achieved as well.
Between the new marriages and new babies that have joined our OPG family, it truly has made for a special 2019. So to close out 2019, we leave you with some adorable pictures from some of these special moments.