September 24, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Best Beaches

TwitchCon 2019 is fast-approaching and we’ve done our best to get you ready to visit San Diego over the last few weeks. We thought we gave you everything you’d need to find the best places to eat, drink, and hang out at but somehow we forgot one important thing, the beach. A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without at least a quick stop to one of the city’s great beaches.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Pier by Lupita Pascual

Take a trip back to 1975 in this San Diego beach town known for its laid back attitude where shoes are always optional. Ocean Beach is home to the second-longest pier on the West Coast, spanning almost 2,000 feet long. The pier is host to a collection of colorful characters and fishing is always welcome with a proper license.

The whole town is dog-friendly and famous for a small portion known as Dog Beach reserved exclusively for our furry friends. There’s plenty of laid back breweries, bars, and restaurants along Newport Ave if you need an escape from the sun and want to mingle with some of the locals that fondly refer to themselves as OBcean’s (pronounced “oh-BEE-shun”).

To close out your day, head just south of Ocean Beach to Sunset Cliffs for a relaxing stroll with beautiful scenery and a great photo op.

Pacific Beach

About 15 minutes north of downtown lies Pacific beach, a lively beach town known for its younger crowd and nightlife. Enjoy a day of fishing off of the Crystal Pier, learn to surf, or just grab a drink and some food at any of the 50 some odd restaurants and taco shops along Garnet Avenue and Mission Blvd.

PB, as it’s known to the locals, can be pretty busy on the weekends and when the sun sets for the day, the nightlife rivals that of Downtown’s. At the very least, people watching along the boardwalk in PB is always sure to bring a smile.

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla coastline
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Those looking for fresh air, cool breeze, and mellow surf should look no further than La Jolla Shores. Located about 20 minutes north of Downtown, La Jolla Shores is home to sea cave kayak tours and some of the best surf lessons around. Enjoy swimming or tanning at this calm beach with a small boardwalk connected to the quaint La Jolla Shores community. Situated right next to beautiful Torrey Pines, La Jolla Shores is also perfect for hang gliding or parasailing.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a peninsula just south of Pacific Beach that spans 3 miles long and flanked by the ocean and Mission Bay on either side. Mission Beach is a mellow beach town with multimillion-dollar homes running the length of the boardwalk. The ocean front is a great place to relax and watch the waves roll in and if you want to take it even slower, visit the bayside and watch sailboats and paddleboarders cruise the calm waters.

Renting a beach cruiser for the day remains one of the most popular modes of transportation and makes for a great way to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that Mission Beach offers. Finally, stop by Belmont Park for some ice cream and a roller coaster ride or go to Draft for some oceanfront beer and cocktails.

Coronado Beach

Hotel del Coronado
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Take a short trip over the Coronado Bridge and you’ll find one of the largest beaches in San Diego. Coronado Beach offers great views of the Harbor and Downtown San Diego all the while being easily accessible by car or Ferry ride.

Once you’ve made it across to the west side of Coronado island, enjoy a vast and expansive beach with some of the softest sand around. While you’re there, be sure to visit the historic Hotel del Coronado, one of the most famous (and allegedly haunted) places in California.

TwitchCon 2019 is at the end of the week to close out September and the OP Group team could not be more excited for all of you to visit our home town. We hope that this blog series helped you mark some things to do while you’re in San Diego and look forward to seeing you here soon!

September 20, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Beyond Downtown

TwitchCon 2019 begins exactly one week from today. While everyone is frantically getting ready to come into the city for the convention, don’t overlook the fact that you’ll get to spend at least a few days in America’s Finest City. It can definitely be tempting to stay close to the action in the Gaslamp District Downtown, but if you’re looking to see more of the city, these are some of the best places to check out.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park Lily Pond
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Few places in San Diego offer as eclectic of an experience as that of Balboa Park. Sitting just north-east of TwitchCon’s home at the San Diego Convention Center, Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre urban cultural park featuring a collection of museums, gardens, theatres, and much more. 

From the Fleet Science Center to the Natural History Museum, you could easily spend days getting lost in the museums and different attractions found at Balboa Park. There’s just so much to do and explore but don’t let it distract you from the fact that it’s also one of the best places to just walk around and take in the sights. 

Zoo/Safari Park

For all the animal lovers making their way to San Diego for TwitchCon, a visit to the World-Famous San Diego Zoo should be high on your priority list. At nearly 100 acres, the San Diego Zoo features thousands of different species of animals and is one of the most-visited zoos in the entire country. Their reputation of excellence is also well-deserved, with the zoo leading many successful breeding and conservation efforts for various species including the California Condor, tigers, black rhinos, and of course, the giant panda.

For the more intrepid animal lovers, a journey to the Zoo’s Safari Park in North San Diego County is well worth the trip. Standing at over 1,800 acres, the Safari Park is the largest tourist attraction in all of San Diego County. The Safari Park offers visitors a truly unique experience with it’s spacious free-range enclosures housing antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, and much more. 

To top things off, San Diego Zoo Global, the organization that operates both the Zoo and Safari park is a nonprofit organization. This means that all of the money raised in the park goes directly into running the parks and furthering their conservation efforts.

Belmont Park

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Few things feel more inherently “Southern Californian” than visiting an amusement park on the beach. Belmont Park is a historic oceanfront amusement park in Mission Bay that originally opened in the summer of 1925. Today, this San Diego favorite still stands as a great place for those in search of fun and thrills at the beach.

While Belmont Park features a variety of amusement park classics, the crown jewel of the park is no doubt the Giant Dipper roller coaster. This wooden coaster is a historic national landmark that has been thrilling adrenaline junkies since the park opened in the 1920s. For a special treat, take a ride on the Giant Dipper at dusk for one of the most unique beach-front sunsets in the entire city. 

Hiking Trails

Torrey Pines Hiking Trail by Lupita Pascual

While San Diego offers a lot of different attractions for you to see, one of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of the city is to spend a day exploring some of the local hiking trails. For the novice hiker, trails like Torrey Pines or Mission Trails offer scenic views and simple trails to enjoy for a leisurely stroll.

For the more experienced hikers, however, San Diego also offers a few more difficult trails such as The Devil’s Punchbowl and the Three Sisters trail; the latter of which being one of the most difficult trails in the city, rewarding those willing to brave the rocky terrain and bouldering with a beautiful waterfall.

North Park

North Park is a vibrant neighborhood in San Diego found just east of Downtown. This trendy area of San Diego features a wide array of modern eateries and local watering holes.

The North Park Beer Company is an award-winning brewery within a gorgeous two-story brewpub. For the full NPBC experience, grab a sausage from Mastiff Sausage company and pair it with one of their signature IPAs. Do all of this while enjoying the San Diego sunshine outside on their patio and you have yourself a recipe for enjoyment and relaxation. As if that wasn’t enough reason to stop by for a visit, the owner of NPBC is former game developer, Kelsey McNair.

North Park is also home to one of the best beer bars in the country, Tiger!Tiger! While it owes some of its recent attention to its appearance on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this restaurant has a full farm-to-table menu paired with a fantastic craft beer selection.

If that isn’t enough reason for you to visit this lively San Diego neighborhood, North Park is also home to Seven Grand. One of only four locations in the country, this dimly lit wood and leather-lined bar carries one of the largest selections of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch in the city.

Convoy Street

Chashu Miso Ramen at Menya Ultra by Zac Galsim

For fans of Asian cuisine, a trip to Convoy Street should be placed high on your priority list. Unofficially known to locals as “San Diego’s Asian Restaurant Row,” Convoy Street and its surrounding areas are home to some of the best food and desert experiences in the city. Whether you’re looking for dim sum, dessert, or the ever-popular Korean BBQ, you’ll find more choices than you could reasonably try on Convoy. A few favorites from the OP Group team are Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, Taeguki Korean BBQ, Somi Somi Korean Ice Cream, and Menya Ultra Ramen.

Convoy also has a great selection of drinking spots to go to and relax after a delicious dinner with your friends. Places like Thang Thang and Common Theory are popular spots to grab some soju and a craft beer. Min Sok Chon on the other hand, offers the option to rent a karaoke room for a few hours to enjoy with your friends. Whatever you decide to do, a visit to Convoy street is definitely worth the effort. 

There were just too many places in San Diego worth mentioning so we tried our best to include most of our favorites here for you. That said, be sure to check back in early next week for a special bonus entry in our “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” series!

September 13, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Things to Do in Downtown

TwitchCon 2019 is just a couple of weeks away and while we’re all excited to see our friends and favorite streamers at the convention, San Diego has so much to offer that it would be a shame to not go out and see some more of the city. To help you figure out some of the best things to do around downtown, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite San Diego activities here for you. 

Escape Rooms

Enigma HQ, San Diego Escape Room

There are plenty of escape rooms to choose from these days, but few that stray from the norm. Here in San Diego, we have two recommendations that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

By now, most people have tried an escape room at least once – but have you done one in VR? Enigma HQ VR and Escape Room, features San Diego’s very first VR Escape Room experience. Team up with up 2-6 friends and see if you can escape the disturbing estate house of deceased composer, Hans Komisch, in “Decomposed VR”.

Escape The Nat is located on the bottom level of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Created by actual museum employees, your group will dig through museum archives to piece together the key to save the world – with science! Once your group has escaped (or everyone dies) you can then hit up the rest of the museum, which is included in the price of the escape room!

Museum of Contemporary Art

If you’re looking to add a little culture to your TwitchCon trip, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s downtown location may be just the thing you’re looking for. With a focus on contemporary works, this museum focuses on presenting art created in all types of mediums created since 1950. 

For those inclined to swing by the MCASD this month, you’ll be greeted by Marnie Weber’s Songs that Never Die installation based around a fictitious all-female rock band from the 1970s.

Seaport Village

Seaport Village - San Diego, California
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A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without at least a quick stroll through Seaport Village. Located just a quick walk from the convention center itself, Seaport Village is a charming shopping and dining complex sitting right on the San Diego Bay. The entire complex stretches over 90,000 square feet and features a wide array of unique shops and eateries.

Aside from the shops and waterfront dining, Seaport Village is also home to The Headquarters which features additional storefronts built into a restored police headquarters complete with historic jail cells that offer a perfect photo op for your Instagram feed.

San Diego Sailing Tours

The San Diego Sailing Tours offer one of the most unique ways to view the city and is well worth a few hours of your stay in San Diego. Their signature two-hour tour takes you and a few friends to see the sights around the San Diego Bay in a restored luxury sailing vessel for an experience filled with fun, snacks, and drinks.

On top of enjoying the sun and sea, your Captain will also be well equipped with a wealth of knowledge about local history and of course, sailing. So take some time to step outside of the convention for a bit for some fresh air and relaxation on the Bay.

Maritime Museum 

Star of India 150th Anniversary Sail
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The Maritime Museum in San Diego features a stunning collection of awe-inspiring sea vessels that includes steam-powered boats, submarines, and the oldest functioning sailing ship in the world. These historic ships sit docked in the San Diego Bay, just west of TwitchCon’s home at the San Diego Convention Center and have been featured in various media such as television, film, and even advertising for video games.

The Star of India, originally constructed in 1863, is arguably the Maritime Museum’s crown jewel and may be best known to video game fans for its use in promotion for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag during the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. 

There’s one more week and one more blog post to come before TwitchCon arrives in America’s Finest City. Be sure to look back at our last couple of blog posts on restaurants and cocktail lounges and check back in next week for some of our final choices to see, eat, and hang out at in San Diego!

September 6, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Bars and Cocktail Lounges

After a long day of TwitchCon festivities, you’ll likely want to find a place to unwind for the night and grab a few drinks. We’ve already given you some ideas of where to eat while you’re in town, but how about checking out some places to drink? To help you navigate the crowded Downtown San Diego bar scene, we’ve put together a quick list of some of our favorite places near the convention center for you to check out.

Vin de Syrah

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Take a trip through the looking glass at this Wonderland-esque speakeasy bar in Downtown San Diego. Located just over a half-mile from the convention center, you’ll find this wine parlor underground and past an inconspicuous-looking door covered in greenery. Once inside, however, you’ll find yourself transported to a unique lounge with a bevy of quality wines and cocktails for you to enjoy.

While the libations and secretive nature of Vin de Syrah should make it a destination to highlight for your TwitchCon trip on their own, they also regularly feature a unique decor that is unlike anything else you’re likely to find in the city.

El Dorado Cocktail Lounge

For those weary travelers in search of a fun night in a casual atmosphere, the El Dorado Cocktail Lounge may be just the place you’re looking for. While the rustic interior design and eclectic decor will no doubt grab your immediate attention, don’t let it distract you from the delicious cocktails just waiting to be served.

Channeling the spirits of a worn-down saloon from the days of cowboys in the old west, El Dorado features a unique aesthetic highlighted by the massive buffalo head named Otis suspended above the dance floor. Cocktail favorites include their signature Cadillac El Dorado and the spicy Amarillo by Morning but be sure to also inquire about their rotating seasonal cocktails as well.

The Nolen Bar

OPG Account Manager, Janessa enjoying drinks with her mom at The Nolen

A rooftop bar in San Diego is hardly difficult to find. From Altitude to the newly opened Layover Bar, there’s plenty of places to choose from, but for our pick, it has to be The Nolen. Named after one of San Diego’s early city planners, John Nolen, this rooftop bar and lounge features the perfect combination of timeless drinks and breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. 

While the atmosphere and skyline views draw you in, you’ll likely find yourself staying for a while thanks to their collection of cocktails. Whether you’re in the mood for a timeless classic or a modern re-interpretation, The Nolen is sure to have just the recipe for the end of one of those long TwitchCon days.


Located less than a mile away from the convention center, the Coin-Op Game Room will no doubt be one of the most popular spots to hang out and grab a drink at over the course of the long TwitchCon weekend. 

Coin-Op has everything you could want when you’re looking to take a break from the festivities at the convention center: food, drinks, and obviously games. A visit to Coin-Op typically consists of playing through their collection of arcade classics, enjoying a beer from local favorites such as Ballast Point or Alesmith, and maybe even enjoying some freshly made donuts.

Punch Bowl Social

A long-defunct boxing venue may not be the first place you’d think to find a good night out, but that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Punch Bowl Social in San Diego. Whether you need a place to go for dinner, drinks, or just somewhere to hang out for the night, you’ll find everything you could want here.

Sitting at just over 23,000 square feet, Punch Bowl Social is one of the larger “eatertainment” venues you’ll find in the area. Aside from the bar and food options at PBS, you’ll also find a bowling alley, private karaoke rooms, and a wide array of games ranging from foosball and ping pong to board games and giant Jenga. Long-story-short, there’s just too much to do to be bored at Punch Bowl Social.

Be sure to check back in next week as continue our “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” series with more awesome places for you to check out this year during TwitchCon.

August 30, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Downtown Eats

Much to the delight of avid convention attendees and those of us at OP Group, Twitch’s annual celebration of gaming, streaming, and community returns to San Diego again after three long years. While the main course for the weekend no doubt lies inside the storied walls of the San Diego Convention Center, there are more than a few tasty side dishes in the area worth sinking your teeth into. It is with this in mind that our team here at OP Group presents to you our picks for the best things to eat, drink, and do during your visit to America’s finest city and we’re starting with where to find the best food in Downtown San Diego.

Finding the Best Food in Downtown San Diego

OP Group’s “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” will be a weekly blog series highlighting various restaurants, bars, and attractions that our team recommends you check out while in town for TwitchCon.

Kicking off this series is going to be one of the most hotly debated topics in the OP Group office, where to find the best food in Downtown San Diego.

Puesto – A taco taste-fest

Close-up of tacos on a plate labeled Puesto
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There are few ways to spark a debate in San Diego that are as heated as where to find the best tacos. If you’re looking for a tasty taco within walking distance of TwitchCon, look no further than Puesto.

Located about a half-a-mile from the convention center, Puesto is a popular choice for best food in Downtown San Diego and serves up some of the best Mexican street food in the entire city. While their drinks are delectable and the appetizers salivating, the main reason to come to Puesto is to try some of their signature street tacos.

From local staples such as carnitas and baja fish, to the Tacolandia “Best Taco” winner that is their Filet Mignon taco, Puesto is sure to leave an impression on anyone that strolls on over for a bite.

Crack Shack – A casual chicken joint

Crack Shack is a casual chicken joint located just a few miles from the convention center. Known for their high quality, locally raised, free-living chickens, fans of Crack Shack know that this isn’t your average restaurant.

Crack Shack’s menu features a wide array of dishes from their signature fried chicken to their tender chicken oysters. Those looking to settle a winner in the great chicken sandwich wars of 2019 should make a point to swing by this cluckin’ eatery.

Juniper & Ivy – A fanciful feast 

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If you’re looking for something a little fancier in your dining experience, then look no further than Juniper & Ivy. Located right next to our previous entry, Juniper & Ivy is undoubtedly one of San Diego’s most renowned dining experiences and is sure to appear on any list of the best food in Downtown San Diego

Founded by Top-Chef All-Star winner, Richard Blais and Michael Rosen, Juniper & Ivy is a love letter to San Diego focusing on local ingredients, innovative cooking techniques, and an artful presentation meant to share with your closest friends. If you’re considering a stop at this fine eatery, we recommend you take the time to make a reservation early.

Basic Bar & Pizza – A pizza party to remember 

From the fantastically fancy to the effortlessly simple, Basic Bar & Pizza bakes up some of the best pizza in the city and is just about half a mile away from the convention center. Known for it’s straight-forward approach and urban style, Basic is a no-nonsense pizza spot built into a massive warehouse from the early 1900’s.

A trip to Basic is the perfect solution for those looking for a no-frills eating experience. Grab your friends and order yourselves a couple of classic pies that are sure to leave the entire group smiling and satisfied.

Fogo de Chao – A magical meat lover’s paradise  

A Brazilian BBQ Experience at Fogo de Chao
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Few things can work up an appetite like walking around the over 600,000 square feet that make up the San Diego convention center. After a long day checking out all the booths and meeting your favorite streamers, why not sit down for an all you can eat feast of meats at Fogo de Chao.

Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian steakhouse serving up a selection of tasty meats in the traditional style of churrasco grilling. What this means for you, the diner, is that waiters, known as Gauchos, walk around the restaurant with cuts of meat on long skewers looking to serve you until you call it quits.

When you take your seat, you’re given a small card that is green on one side and red on the other. If you’re hungry, place your card green-side up and when you’ve had enough, turn it over to the red side, it’s as simple as that. However, given just how delicious everything is, you may find it difficult to turn that green card over.

Café Gratitude – A delicious vegan venture

Café Gratitude features a wide array of delicious vegan food that everyone is sure to enjoy. From vegan wraps and sandwiches to enchiladas and pasta, you’ll find this vegan venture just a couple of miles from the hustle and bustle of the convention center.

Café Gratitude seeks to nourish their patrons with the kind of love that can only be experienced from quality ingredients sourced from local farmers. A pro tip for those arriving early or staying late after the convention is Café Gratitude’s “Meatless Mondays” which features a 50% discount off of select menu items. With a deal like that, it can be hard to stay away.

Hodad’s – A San Diego burger staple 

Ocean Beach Hodad's
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There are plenty of places in San Diego to find yourself a delicious burger. From the fast food favorite of In-N-Out to the half beef, half bacon, all amazing Slater’s 50/50, there’s no shortage of bountiful burgers around sunny San Diego. For our choice burger joint for ” best food in Downtown San Diego” though, it has to be Hodad’s.

A San Diego staple since 1969, Hodad’s has been serving up huge, savory burgers to locals and tourists alike for a half-century. Long considered one of the best burgers in the city, Hodad’s found fame beyond the sandy shores of San Diego thanks to a feature on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned burger, you can grab one at Hodad’s from their Downtown location just a mile away from the convention center.

Underbelly – A ramen spot to revel in

Underbelly Ramen with Beef Brisket - Underbelly
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A neighborhood called “Little Italy” may not be the first place you think of to find delicious ramen, however, that’s just what you’ll discover when you wander over to Underbelly. A local favorite among foodies and ramen fans alike, Underbelly features a nice selection of traditional and modern ramen dishes that are sure to please everyone’s palate.

While known primarily for their ramen dishes, this Asian eatery also serves up a savory selection of bao buns and appetizers ranging from a seafood tartare to crispy chicken wings.

Crab Hut – A salivating seafood sanctuary

Crawfish from Crab Hut
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A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without a stop at one of the many seafood spots in the city. While locations like Blue Water Seafood and Ironside Fish & Oyster offer particularly delectable dishes, our choice has to be local favorite, Crab Hut.

People that refrain from messy eating experiences should likely skip this one, but those willing to get a hands-on experience with their food should definitely make Crab Hut a “must-visit” on their TwitchCon San Diego experience. Shrimp, crawfish, crabs, lobsters, and a lot more can all be found at this unique restaurant that combines the flavors of southern Louisiana with fresh locally grown and raised ingredients from right here in San Diego.

Brian’s 24 – A late-night safe-haven

Rounding out the list is a local favorite amongst those that have experienced the kind of fun and festivities that only a night out on the town can bring, Brian’s 24. This bar and restaurant is the go-to eatery for those looking for a spot they can count on because they’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

After a long day and night, Brian’s 24 is the go-to place to find some of the best food in Downtown San Diego. Order some food, a few more drinks, and be ready to share because the serving sizes at Brian’s 24 will not disappoint.

Be sure to check back in next week as we continue our “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” series with our selections for the best bars and cocktail lounges to grab a drink and hang out.

OP Group Pleased to Welcome LacedUpLauren as New Client
August 9, 2019

OP Group Pleased to Welcome LacedUpLauren as New Client

We are pleased to announce that LacedUpLauren has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

Shooter specialist LacedUpLauren is one of the most engaging and entertaining broadcasters you’ll find anywhere. A veteran on Twitch, Lauren started streaming in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since.

When she’s not tearing it up in the latest and greatest FPS titles, Lauren enjoys both story-heavy games as well as party games where she can involve her community, the Cool Kids Table – and she’d like to invite you to pull up a seat!

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that LacedUpLauren can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to her fans.

Fextralife hires OP Group for Managment
July 12, 2019

OP Group Please to Welcome Fextralife as New Clients

We are pleased to announce that Fextralife has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

Fextralife is a video game news resource and gaming hub fueled by a team of dedicated gamers with a focus on the action, adventure, and RPG genre as well as innovative games. With thousands of editors constantly collaborating, the content database at Fextralife remains up-to-date and reliable with launch-day guides, reviews, and a lot more.

In addition to the Fextralife wiki page, the team also creates content on Twitch and YouTube regularly in order to showcase the variety of games they enjoy to the gaming community.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that the team at Fextralife can continue to focus on creating high-quality content for their audience.

Announcement: Dragonforce and Herman Li have hired OPG
July 5, 2019

OP Group pleased to Welcome DragonForce and Herman Li as New Clients

We here at OPG are pleased to announce that rock legend Herman Li and DragonForce has hired OP Group for management services regarding their endeavors as content creators in the gaming industry.


If you want some metal in your games, DragonForce is as heavy as it comes. With a career spanning decades, Grammy-nominated DragonForce has been thrashing longer than most Fortnite players have been alive, earning gold and platinum records along the way. Their hit song, Through The Fire and Flames, is widely considered the most challenging song to ever be made in Guitar Hero.

More than just metal gods, DragonForce is synonymous with games, having had music featured in numerous games over the years and playing shows at gaming events worldwide. The legendary band continues to innovate, adding livestreaming to shows on their upcoming 3-year long tour in support of their new album and giving fans a unique insight into life on the road through their regular streams.


Everyone dreams of getting to hang out with a rockstar. Now, it’s not only possible, but you can do it from your own home. Guitar god Herman Li of platinum and gold selling band Dragonforce invites viewers into his life, whether that’s hanging out at home, recording new music or witnessing epic concerts from his perspective.

Herman’s passion for connecting with his fans drives a unique and engaging stream. As one of the best guitarists in the world, a lifelong gamer and former professional “tech nerd,” Herman can hold court on virtually any topic, while being a positive and aspirational role model for many young viewers.

Plus… Where else can you get dating advice from a heavy metal legend?

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services to DragonForce and Herman Li so they can continue to focus on providing high-quality entertainment to their fans.

GuardianCon is this weekend
July 2, 2019

GuardianCon Raises Over $8M, Brings the Game Industry Together to Do Good

For a week starting on June 16th, some of the world’s most influential streamers and game companies teamed up to raise an extraordinary amount of money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The annual GuardianCon marathon stream blew past all fundraising goals to a grand total of over $3.7 million raised explicitly to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their mission to see that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” In one of the most amazing moments in the history of charitable giving on Twitch, a single streamer, Dr. Lupo, raised almost $1 million to close out the 2019 marathon.

In all, ten OPG clients participated in the official marathon, with several others fundraising for St. Jude on their own as well. Another OPG client, Grammy-award winning musician T-Pain, led a team of streamers to win $40,000 for the hospital at this year’s E3.

Statistics from CohhCarnage's GuardianCon Donation Drive
Statistics from CohhCarnage’s GuardianCon Donation Drive

The GuardianCon marathon is just one part of a series of gaming and fundraising events tied to the annual GuardianCon convention, which was founded five years ago by OPG clients Cory Michael (KingGothalion) and Ben Bowman (Professor Broman) in a bar. Today, with the help of Kevin Murray (Kmagic101), GuardianCon has grown into something much larger and more aspirational, an annual rally point where hundreds of the world’s most influential gaming personalities, streamers and game makers come together to spread awareness, raise money, and show that gamers can do good on a massive scale.

The Guardiancon Team

Originally conceived as a fan event for people that played the game Destiny, GuardianCon has since grown into a full-fledged convention where 10,000+ gamers, influencers, and content creators (from every major platform including YouTube, Facebook, Twitch and Mixer) come together from all over the world to play games, hang out, and work towards a critically important cause – raising enough money each year to pay for the entire hospital’s operations for at least one day.

Unbelievably, in its first four years of fundraising, GuardianCon has helped raise over $8,000,000 to help cure childhood cancer. The thing is, even this huge amount represents the cost of operating St. Jude for just a few short days. It is clear that there is much more work to be done, and much more money that needs to be raised. Bowman, Michael and Murrary are committed though, with sights set on even higher amounts in future years.

Fortunately, it isn’t too late to help. Tickets are still on sale for GuardianCon, which kicks off in Orlando Florida on Friday, July 5. Or, if you just want to Donate, every cent helps – you can find more information here.

May 31, 2019

OP Group Pleased to Welcome Sweet_Anita as New Client

We are pleased to announce that Sweet_Anita has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

A unique and charismatic streamer, Sweet_Anita is a rising star on Twitch with a big personality who strongly promotes mental health awareness. Diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, Anita’s streams are littered with tics, which can vary in nature, ranging from subtle sounds to boisterous phrases that would most definitely fall under NSFW.

While her tics are spirited, Anita truly lives up to her ‘Sweet’ title and uses her platform on Twitch to host one of the more popular and interesting ‘Just Chatting’ channels on the site; hosting honest discussions with her fans and answering their questions about her life and living with Tourette’s

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that Sweet_Anita can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to her fans.