We sat down with Peggy “Moirai” Forde, who has produced some of your favorite Overwatch Open Division and South American Contenders games. In this two-part series, Moirai discusses the responsibilities of producing, their journalism background, and how producers can manage the joys and stresses of this position. If you missed it, read part one here.
Was there any specific challenge or defining moment that helped you realize that you could produce at such a high level?
I don’t think I’ve had that moment yet, to be honest. Like, obviously Broadcast.GG is a great resource, and I love working with those guys, but the main goal is to be in OWL. The main goal is to produce for the Overwatch League, and I feel like I’m not going to be satisfied until I get there. And even if I get there, it’s going to be a moment of “great, cool you’re here! Now, keep it”. And it’s very much a never-be-satisfied situation.
Was there anything specific about Overwatch that made you want to contribute to this game?
My first esports experience was Halo, and that was only because I happened to stop by Twitch when it was running, and I didn’t even know what Twitch was at the time. That was Sophomore year of college, so really recently, at least in terms of like, the larger scene. From there, I went into CS:GO, and that was all cool and all, but it didn’t really fit. Then the Overwatch beta came out, and my friends and I all played it on PS4, because I only had a PS4 at the time. It was so much fun to play with them, and was just a lot of fun.
So I got a gaming PC – her name’s Athena, she’s great, it’s named after the supercomputer in Overwatch. I’m buying Overwatch again, and I was like, I’m going to really start making content, I’m going to start playing it. There was never any plans to go pro, but I wanted to see what this was all about on PC, I knew that PC’s the way to go if you are going into this type of esport, and turns out, I was very right.
I saw how much fun it was with friends, and how cool the community was. Now, getting further into the scene, to see everyone and be friends with such cool, awesome people just helps elevate the Overwatch scene even more. The community is what makes Overwatch, for sure.
Are there any last pieces of advice you would like to share with the community?
The one thing I will say that is a big thing that I know people kind of struggle with. If I had to give advice to a newcomer, it’d be this – be ready to work, but also, know your effing limits. This gets a little bit more personal, but when I was a senior and wasn’t even in esports yet, I would be doing a whole bunch of things for a whole bunch of people. It was a bunch of all-nighters, and I was constantly living off of Monster energy drinks and soft drinks, and just not really taking care of myself. I was sometimes pulling all-nighters at the station because there was a whole bunch of things that needed to get done. I think it was November of that year, of my senior year, I apparently had been staring at the computer unresponsive and it turns out I had a seizure, or at least that’s what the doctors eventually said.
They’re still not entirely sure, but that’s what we were tested for and that’s kind of what the doctor called it. So as it turns out, you know, that ruined my senior year just completely because I was out for two weeks or so, and I was also station manager at the time. So there was a lot of things that snowballed because I was out of commission for so long. And then I had another health scare a couple weeks later. But mainly, I wasn’t taking care of myself, and I ignored the signs and my friends’ concerns about it. I ended up paying a very very deep price. I still don’t remember exactly what happened that day, it’s still something that is scary, and it still is. I don’t wanna see anyone else have that sort of issue.
Granted, when it comes to esports my general schedule is wake up at 7AM, drive an hour to work, work from 8AM to 4PM, drive the hour back home, and then work until midnight or 2AM depending on the day. Then do it all over again the next day, which I would not recommend for or wouldn’t even suggest for anyone who’s just starting out. You need to find your rhythm, and you need to find what you can take, and when you can’t, you need to say stop. If you’re getting migraines a whole bunch, if you’re getting headaches a whole bunch, if you’re not feeling well – just those warning signs are very serious. And I see so many people really grinding it out really just being like, oh, you know, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, and all that jazz. I was close to that. And I don’t want to do it again.
So if there is one thing I could tell a newbie or even people at my level. Obviously, work as hard as you can and be involved with as much as you can, and make your friends, get your contacts, get the job that you’re looking for. But make sure you don’t sacrifice yourself to do it. Make sure that your health and your mental health come first, because if you don’t do that, you will end up in the hospital with no idea who anyone is and completely scared. So when it comes to that, at least by all means make sure you take care of yourself while you’re grinding, and then you should be fine.
That concludes our interview with Moirai. You can stay up to date with them via Twitter. We’d like to thank Moirai for their time.