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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A year later...

Exactly a year ago today Vigil Gaming was created.

It’s crazy how Vigil Gaming has evolved over the past year. From our first video of the Left 4 Dead 2 opening cinematic to our most recent videos, we have grown not only in content but also as a community. We’ve gone from posting multiple videos a day to not posting anything for multiple weeks at a time. We’ve gone from minimal views to viral amongst the gaming community. And all of our success, all of our progression, we owe to each and every one of you: the viewers.

The creation story has been told multiple times before but I’ll give a quick recap of it: on this day Mike really wanted to create a gaming channel. Sw1tch suggested starting a channel with him where they could both post. Mike accepted this and thus began the process of coming up with a name. Mike threw out “VigilGaming” after looking up the definition of Vigil and found that it was a perfect fit. Both Sw1tch and I R Black agreed it was a good name and so started the channel.

Patar was the first new member of Vigil Gaming, joining just a few days after we started by posting walkthrough videos for Fear 2. He later left the channel due to personal reasons and started his own channel: GamingMadeEz. His contribution to Vigil Gaming can still be viewed in the first half of our Portal 1 walkthrough videos.

Dyzix was the next new member joining shortly after Patar did. Though he did not post much he was still a great contribution to the team providing beta StarCraft 2 footage and helping boost our views early on. Dyzix has always been a “moral support” for everyone at Vigil Gaming and currently helps with our revenue.
Sgt. Pepper is the latest and currently last member to join the Vigil Gaming crew. He joined a few months after the channel was started and has since become a regular uploader providing quality content including videos which amassed high amounts of views.

Now let’s switch over to I R Black. He was technically always a member of Vigil Gaming since he was there when we started it though he only ever uploaded one video. Though he does not contribute to our video tally personally, he is always around to help produce our content by providing assistance in games such as Left 4 Dead 2 or Counter-Strike.

Mike has been with Vigil Gaming since day 1. As mentioned earlier, he came up with the name. Mike has probably uploaded more than half the content on the channel. He strives to provide videos you all request from him. From Left 4 Dead 2, to Counter-Strike to Black Ops he’s got a stack full of requests that he’s constantly trying to get for you all. On top of that he manages the website, Twitter and most of the interaction in the comments.

Sw1tch is the mastermind behind the channel itself. From thinking of doing the channel to multiple different series we have going on. Sw1tch actually thought of the Win/Fail of the Day series, request a setup and other things that have made Vigil the unique channel it is. Because of Sw1tch we are the audience-based channel that we are today and he continues to supply the channel with progressively better montages and gameplays in the future.

In a year Vigil Gaming has managed to find the secret to being a successful gaming channel on YouTube and we’ve used it to our advantage with success. In 365 days we’ve gathered almost 1450 subscribers, almost half a million total uploaded views, featured almost 30 different games and accomplished amazing feats such as being the first channel to post HD/commentary footage from The Sacrifice DLC in Left 4 Dead 2. We’ve had our down days in the start when everything was still a little confusing and personalities clashed but we were able to sort things out and continue on this wonderful adventure.

We greatly appreciate all of your support over the past year and we hope to grow even larger over the course of this next year by both expanding our game library as well as following through with some promises. We plan on continuing our efforts to be a channel that loves to communicate with its audience and provide content relevant to what they want to see. We plan to have a great follow up to year 1 and we hope you all will stick around to see it all happen.

From each member of Vigil Gaming: thank you very much for your support. We love you all. :)


  1. I'm glad to have been apart of something that is growing so fast (that's what she said) and is going to be something great one day. Thanks guys for welcoming me with such open arms and letting me be apart of thing great thing channel :D

  2. It's been an amazing year for vigil but it's only just begun. -Sw1tch