From the beginning, Rio Grande Valley Strong was an organization destined to make a difference. Under the direction of Eddie Borrego, founder of RGV Strong, the guiding vision for esports programming with Mission Control was to “create a community of individuals ready to help each other in the Rio Grande Valley during tough times. We want to put the UNITY in commUNITY.” We touched base with Eddie to discuss his experience as an administrator on the Mission Control platform.
Q: Why did you choose to use the Mission Control platform?
A: “I chose Mission Control because of their passion and mission in creating and growing communities matched the exact vision I have for the RGV Strong brand. After speaking with the team throughout the process I was confident in them to accomplish my goal of bringing an Esports league to South Texas.”
Q: What have you done to make your organization unique or successful?
A: “I have created partnerships with nonprofits to help their fundraising efforts after a really tough year for them. We are hoping to help out the community by gaming! The door has also opened for collaborations with local business owners on prizes for our league.”
Q: How has your partnership with Mission Control aided in your success?
A: “Mission Control has made life easy for us when it comes to setting up our leagues. They help every step of the way, and even put in that extra effort during the weekends and outside the typical work hours.”
Q: How has your organization become more connected since offering esports programming?
A: “At RGV Strong, we always want to create as much engagement as possible and continue to grow within the local gaming community at a quick pace.”
Q: What advice would you give other organizations using Mission Control?
A: “I would encourage them to just remain consistent with the gaming communities that are most popular in your area. In our areas, it is Smash, Apex, Rocket League, and COD.”
Q: How many games did you offer in your first season? How many players joined? If you have offered multiple seasons of programming since joining the Mission Control platform, please share how many games you offered each season and how many active participants did you have?
A: “In our first season, we offered 6 titles, in our first month, we were able to register 50 users. We are in our second season and have over 70 users at the moment. Our Rocket League and Smash Leagues have reached 12 + active users.”
As a pioneering organization in the area of partnerships and charity fundraising, RGV Strong is leading the way for other organizations interested in these efforts. However, Eddie notes that his players are just “glad to have something to do during the pandemic.”