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GamePress Creator Bio

Does the name GamePress ring a bell? If you haven’t lived under a rock for the past years, it definitely should. We at G2G had the chance to interview not one, not two, but five members of the GamePress family.

Below, you can find interviews with

  • David Teraoka a.k.a SpecialKei, editor for GamePress’ Pokémon GO,
  • pogoamigotx, GamePress’ head of Social Media and Community Management for Pokémon GO,
  • and with Raven8, NoLucksGiven, and DownWithTTP, 3 of GP’s talented writers!

Enjoy discovering some more about our friends at GamePress!

SpeshulKei GamePress Trainer Screen

GAMEPRESS

Databases, Guides and news for your Favorite Games

TRAINER NAME: SpeshulKei
TRAINER LEVEL: 37
TEAM: Mystic

The Interview – LET THE GAMEPRESS BEGIN

G2G: Hey there! First, thanks a lot for agreeing to this interview!

GamePress has been a strong presence in the gaming industry for quite some time now, but for those who don’t know, would you mind introducing yourselves and positions with GP?

GP: Thanks for having us! My name is David Teraoka, and I’m a news editor for GamePress News as well as the content director for the Pokémon GO database. I’ve been working with GamePress since 2017.

G2G: How large is your team? More specifically: how do things work there with you guys covering a quite large amount of games?

GPThe dedicated Pokémon GO team for GamePress is around 12 people, and that’s just the content. We have other GamePress team members to help administrate and break the news right when it becomes available.

GamePress’ team size and workflow vary drastically by game, but we always find the best way to work together and make guides and databases everybody can use. 

G2G: About Pokémon GO. How and when did you decide: we need to cover this game?

GPPretty much immediately as it was announced. We had dabbled a bit into creating guides for the Main Series Pokémon games, but when July 2016 came around, we wanted to be there from the beginning. 

G2G: What do you guys think is your strongest asset on the website? Why do you think that specific tool is so good?

GP: Personally, my favorite tool on the site is our Comprehensive DPS/TDO Spreadsheet. It catalogs every Pokémon and Move combination into an easily digestible table with robust sort functions. The creator of this page put a lot of work into making it one of the best resources around and we agree!

G2GIs the plan to stick with the current format, or are there plans to do something more, to evolve even more?

GPWe are always trying to grow GamePress into something bigger. In the past year, we’ve expanded GP to cover almost 15 games. So, if you look at our home page now, you can see we’re trying to widen our breadth of content even more to include game news, reviews, and interviews.

We’ve recently been recognized by Google and several large gaming organizations as a news resource and we wear that badge proudly!

G2G: If you had to describe the GamePress family in 5 words, what would they be? Could you tell us more about the environment within GP?

GPWe’re all in this together!

Everyone at GamePress HQ is completely invested in giving the best advice to our readers and making meaningful connections through our love for video games. I truly feel connected to the friends I’ve made through the site and it feels special to be part of a group dedicated to something educational, fun, and entertaining.

G2G: Do you play PoGO yourself? What do you enjoy most about it?

GPI do! I’m not too serious about it, but I like to think I’ll catch ’em all someday. I’m a collector at heart, so catching shinies and getting rare Pokémon is what I’m in the game for and I’m doing alright at it!

G2G: If there was one misconception about GP that you could set straight, what would that be?

GPA lot of people seem to think of GamePress as a corporate entity that isn’t as community-driven as some other wiki projects.

We put a lot of effort into creating quality content and it shows, but what people don’t always see is the community engagement we try to foster through our forums and other community-based pages, or the care we put into making sure all of our writers are taken care of.

We are a community-first organization with about a dozen full-time employees.

G2G: Is there anything in addition to the above you would like to share? Anything at all? Hidden talents, secret guilty pleasures?

GPSure! Anybody with any questions about our organization or who might be interested in working with us, send me a message on Discord at SpecialKei#3333 and I’d love to chat!

My hidden talent is my inability to whistle, and my guilty pleasure is whistling badly.

Raven8 Trainer Screen - GamePress

GAMEPRESS

Databases, Guides and news for your Favorite Games

TRAINER NAME: Raven8
TRAINER LEVEL: 40
TEAM: Instinct
FAVORITE POKÉMON: Dialga

The Interview – LET THE GAMEPRESS BEGIN

G2G: Hey there! First, thanks a lot for agreeing to this interview!

GamePress has been a strong presence in the gaming industry for quite some time now, but for those who don’t know, would you mind introducing yourselves and positions with GP?

GP: My name is Raven8 – Brian T – and I’m a writer for GamePress’ Pokémon GO website.

G2G: How large is your team? More specifically: how do things work there with you guys covering a quite large amount of games?

GP: At the moment I only work with the Pokémon GO Team, and it’s downright great. Our team has about 15 people on it, an each and everyone of them is intelligent, good natured, and respectful. 

We have frequent discussions and debates about current situations and changes in the game, and we always work together whenever we can. It has fostered a great environment to work in!

G2G: About Pokémon GO. How and when did you decide: we need to cover this game?

GP: I can’t really speak for GamePress in general, as I’ve only been here for about 8 months now. As for me, I jumped on the opportunity to join the team and help cover the game. I’ve been an amateur writer for years and a PoGO player since day 1, so this was kind of a big deal for me.

G2G: What do you guys think is your strongest asset on the website? Why do you think that specific tool is so good?

GP: The DPS/TDO Spreadsheet and GO Battle Sim. There are other simulation tools out there, but our spreadsheet is so powerful and easy to customize that I use it on a daily basis. It’s especially great if you’re like me and love to theory craft different Move sets on different Pokémon. That way you can see just how well they’ll actually perform in specific scenarios and how they compare to current top picks.

G2GIs the plan to stick with the current format, or are there plans to do something more, to evolve even more?

GP: Not sure for GamePress in general, but I for one am constantly trying to learn and improve.

G2G: If you had to describe the GamePress family in 5 words, what would they be? Could you tell us more about the environment within GP?

GPConstantly Improving, and Always Supportive

Like I said before: Our team is always working together on our content, sharing our own insights and knowledge. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been debating a feature of the game when suddenly one of my colleagues brings up a point that I’d never even thought of, which changes my perspective on the situation as a whole. I’d like to think that I’ve done that once or twice myself for the other members of the team too. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. 

On top of that, we really are supportive of each other. Regardless of what it is, if one of us needs a bit of help, rest assured that at least one other member of the team will be there to answer questions or put in the work to get everything on the right track.

As for the environment, definitely relaxed on the PoGO side. We’re quick when we need to be and can pump out high-quality content at the drop of a hat, but in general we take our time and try to go for quality over quantity.

I’ve also got access to the Pokémon Masters team, and they seem very much the same, though more fast-paced. Of course, that is to be expected as the game is still really new and has a lot of ground to cover.

G2G: Do you play PoGO yourself? What do you enjoy most about it?

GPI am a member of Team Instinct, Level 40, playing from the day that the game was released. I really enjoy the sheer prospect and scope of Pokémon Go. When I go out and play, I still find those moments where I’m able to slip right back into being a kid again, exploring Viridian Forest for the first time in hopes that I’ll find something rare and special on my trip.

I never know what’s waiting for me when I play, and even though I may only find something in-game that excites me a few times a month now, this game remains a personal treasure, and a way for me to go on a small adventure any time that I find one of those precious moments that allow me to.

G2G: If there was one misconception about GP that you could set straight, what would that be?

GPPeople who haven’t given the site more than a cursory glance might look at all of the in-depth calculators and intricate articles, that we are known for putting out, and think of us as somewhat elitist.

I can tell you from my own experience, even before I started to work here; this is a great community with a lot of great people. I haven’t seen a single case of blatant elitism since I first joined the site, and can say without a doubt that our community is very welcoming and helpful as a whole.

G2G: Is there anything in addition to the above you would like to share? Anything at all? Hidden talents, secret guilty pleasures?

GPOnly a small group in my local Pokémon GO community knows that I work for GamePress, actually. I am very proud to work for GP, but it’s one of those things that I don’t want to feel like I’m bragging about to make myself look good. Still, the amount of general GP content that I share with them probably looks a bit suspicious in all fairness…

NO Lucks Given Trainer Bio - GamePress

GAMEPRESS

Databases, Guides and news for your Favorite Games

TRAINER NAME: N0LucksGiven
TRAINER LEVEL: 40
TEAM: Valor

The Interview – LET THE GAMEPRESS BEGIN

G2G: Hey there! First, thanks a lot for agreeing to this interview!

GamePress has been a strong presence in the gaming industry for quite some time now, but for those who don’t know, would you mind introducing yourselves and positions with GP?

GP: My name is NoLucksGiven, and I’m one of GamePress’ Pokémon GO writers.

G2G: How large is your team? More specifically: how do things work there with you guys covering a quite large amount of games?

GP: I’m not sure, but David probably has a good answer for that!

G2G: About Pokémon GO. How and when did you decide: we need to cover this game?

GP: Speaking for myself, I started writing Community Day articles when I realized just HOW much information there was to keep track of out there. My personal goal was making sure everyone had easy access to all the information in one place, and GamePress’s goals are the same.

G2G: What do you guys think is your strongest asset on the website? Why do you think that specific tool is so good?

GP: I think our tier lists and ranking systems are the best around for the games we cover. The site functions half as a wiki, but its the thorough input from the passionate gamer staff that gives it a personal touch and makes the site a must-read.

G2GIs the plan to stick with the current format, or are there plans to do something more, to evolve even more?

GPGamePress balances being both a wiki, a news site, and a place for individualized tips. One thing we’ve been thinking more about recently is not letting that wiki aspect fall away. While it might not seem evolutionary to go back and revisit older articles, adding more links and dynamic elements throughout the site and keeping everything accurate is important to maintaining the site.

I think GamePress has also facilitated things on the other end of that spectrum too. Many writers have links to their YouTube channels embedded throughout and articles have a personal touch too. Adding both the personal and objective perspective means we’re always growing.

G2G: If you had to describe the GamePress family in 5 words, what would they be? Could you tell us more about the environment within GP?

GPPassionate Gamers Sharing Innovative Wisdom

I could make it sound less hoity-toity with over 5 words, but that’s the general idea. I like that you used the word family, too. Everyone is super helpful to each other. We don’t agree on every opinion, nor should we, but collectively we all make each other better.

While much of our discussion makes its way into impacting various articles, we’ve recently joked about how informative our internal discussions are. The passion comes first. That’s how we all got here. That means some disagreements, but it leads to a better finished product for the readers.

G2G: Do you play PoGO yourself? What do you enjoy most about it?

GP: Of course! Pokémon GO is much more than just a game for me, which is why it’s impossible to shake it, despite its faults. I started playing to collect all of the different vibrant-colored digital creatures.

Now, I look through my collection to see the memories I’ve made along the way. A Feraligatr from my trip to Florida, a Tyranitar from my cousin’s wedding, a Miltank that I ran through Baltimore in the rain to collect, a Cresselia from where I slipped and fell in the mud; no other game experience integrates itself into your life quite the way Pokémon GO does. Of course, I’ve made hundreds of friends along the way too, GP staff included.

G2G: If there was one misconception about GP that you could set straight, what would that be?

GP“Be Better”

I love that as a tagline and twitter bio. It’s short and quickly conveys what we’re about, though I think it can come off as arrogant to unfamiliar readers.

‘Be Better’ isn’t a command. If you read my previous answer, no part of that is talking about breakpoints, defender tier lists, or optimal PvP Pokémon. I think that’s overlooked from people that look at “Be Better” and turn away, as if we believe there is a “right” way to play the game. I love the game for a variety of different reasons.

There’s occasionally a response akin to “who cares, just play the game”. Well, we care- and that’s a good thing. There’s other sites out there willing to put out bad information. To those sites I certainly say: “Be Better.” To the players: Just play the game you enjoy. We’re not trying to tell anyone otherwise. For those that want to ‘Power Up’ their play, and get tips from us “passionate gamers sharing innovative wisdom”, GP is here to help!

G2G: Is there anything in addition to the above you would like to share? Anything at all? Hidden talents, secret guilty pleasures?

GPPersonally, I also make occasional content on YouTube and Twitch. A decent amount of Pokémon GO with another focus on digital card games. Not-so-secret pleasure; CBS’s Survivor.

On the Pokémon GO side of things, one other thing I think worth mentioning on the site is our coverage of player-run competitions, notably Silph Arena and PoGoRaids PokéDraft. When Niantic hosts official competitions, we’ll cover those too, but we also write articles and make infographics to support these community driven events. Pokémon GO offers a world of possibilities, and GamePress is here to help players make the most out of all of them!

Down With TTP Trainer Bio - GamePress

GAMEPRESS

Databases, Guides and news for your Favorite Games

TRAINER NAME: DownWithTTP
TRAINER LEVEL: 40
TEAM: Mystic

The Interview – LET THE GAMEPRESS BEGIN

G2G: Hey there! First, thanks a lot for agreeing to this interview!

GamePress has been a strong presence in the gaming industry for quite some time now, but for those who don’t know, would you mind introducing yourselves and positions with GP?

GP: My name is DownWithTTP – Kev – and I’m a GamePress writer and hardcore Pokémon GO player. I’m primarily focused on T4 & T5 raids.

G2G: How large is your team? More specifically: how do things work there with you guys covering a quite large amount of games?

GP: I’m not sure, but David probably has a good answer for that!

G2G: About Pokémon GO. How and when did you decide: we need to cover this game?

GP: For me, it were EX Raids. In my opinion, EX Raids were weird, and I wanted to figure out how the selection criteria worked. After a few vids and Reddit posts, GamePress asked me to write for them. I still love every second of it!

G2G: What do you guys think is your strongest asset on the website? Why do you think that specific tool is so good?

GP: GO Battle Sim. When I joined the team in January of 2018, one of my first tasks was to test it. As a primarily shortman/speed raider, I was shocked at the accuracy, especially in duos and trios. Admittedly there is a learning curve, but this too is essential for ‘Challenge Raiders’.

G2GIs the plan to stick with the current format, or are there plans to do something more, to evolve even more?

GP: This is a better question for David!

G2G: If you had to describe the GamePress family in 5 words, what would they be? Could you tell us more about the environment within GP?

GPKnowledgable and Innovative Pokémon Masters

We’re a very collaborative team who are not afraid to get in the weeds, as well as to challenge each other. We always strive for accuracy!

G2G: Do you play PoGO yourself? What do you enjoy most about it?

GP: Yes I do! I’m a Level 40 hardcore player. Currently, I have 200m XP and 300k catches. I enjoy shortman Raids at home, but my favorite way to play the game is while exploring new cities with my wife (60m XP). We use the game as our own tour guide. “Let’s walk over here, there are so many stops so there is probably something to see!!!”

G2G: If there was one misconception about GP that you could set straight, what would that be?

GP: For myself: I’m not writing for clicks or money. I do this cause I love it and I want to educate.

G2G: Is there anything in addition to the above you would like to share? Anything at all? Hidden talents, secret guilty pleasures?

GP: I have a fun fact to share: NoLucksGiven and I have NEVER agreed on ANYTHING, and we are always debating everything.

Pogoamigotx Trainer Bio - GamePress

GAMEPRESS

Databases, Guides and news for your Favorite Games

TRAINER NAME: pogoamigotx
TRAINER LEVEL: 40
TEAM: Instinct

The Interview – LET THE GAMEPRESS BEGIN

G2G: Hey there! First, thanks a lot for agreeing to this interview!

GamePress has been a strong presence in the gaming industry for quite some time now, but for those who don’t know, would you mind introducing yourselves and positions with GP?

GPWe are GamePress – a community of gamers, writers, and analysts gathered to create guides, analyses, and articles for games. We aim to provide players with the best resource for their needs and work together to reach a new level of understanding with the games that we play.

I am pogoamigotx and I run the Social Media and Community Management for GamePress Pokémon GO.

G2G: How large is your team? More specifically: how do things work there with you guys covering a quite large amount of games?

GP: David probably has the answer for you!

G2G: About Pokémon GO. How and when did you decide: we need to cover this game?

GP: Pokémon is a force unlike pop-culture will ever see again. Enough said?

G2G: What do you guys think is your strongest asset on the website? Why do you think that specific tool is so good?

GPOur site is able to maintain a long-standing repository of wikis, guides, and other reference material that players can utilize over their game careers. I believe that our team is able to provide the most up-to-date information based on their extensive knowledge and in-game experiences. 

Our recent Meta guides for the SilphArena really showcase the culmination of the team’s efforts. They are built upon our own analysis of each species, combined with an understanding of match ups and results of the GoBattleSim tool. The final product is a deep guide with a clean visual graphic that can help all level of battlers build their teams.

G2GIs the plan to stick with the current format, or are there plans to do something more, to evolve even more?

GP: Our current goals are to grow the GamePress brand as wide as possible. We are working to bring more types of content including video, social media outreach, and community involvement. We have hosted a PvP tournament in the office as well as an Earth Day cleanup in our local park.

G2G: If you had to describe the GamePress family in 5 words, what would they be? Could you tell us more about the environment within GP?

GPPassionate Trainers Working for Glory

That’s a hard one. We currently have a global staff who are all lifelong Pokémon fans and very invested in Pokémon GO, since our team consists of Raiders, Drafters, and PvP Battlers who bring a unique perspective to the site content. 

Our team’s Discord is a consistent discussion that helps to shape the final products. There is number crunching, simulations, field tests, and shiny flexing that result in the work you read on the site.

G2G: Do you play PoGO yourself? What do you enjoy most about it?

GPVery much so! I am a proud Level 40×2 Instinct player coming up on 40k catches. I am currently invested in the SilphArena League. I have enjoyed the new challenge going up against other players and the competitive environment. 

I think the community I have met here in Austin has been the most rewarding part of the game. Our local Pogo512 Discord provides an infrastructure that allows for smoother organization for the community.

G2G: If there was one misconception about GP that you could set straight, what would that be?

GP: The team’s combined efforts are with every intention for the PoGO Community. We want players to get the most out of the game and be able to share their gains with their own communities. “Be Better” is something that truly defines our mindsets.

G2G: Is there anything in addition to the above you would like to share? Anything at all? Hidden talents, secret guilty pleasures?

GP: Shinies do more damage. Trust.

THAT WAS IMGAMEPRESSIVE

GamePress is a great resource for pretty much everything you need to know about Pokémon GO (and a lot more). Many Trainers found the answer to their question on GP’s forum, and a lot of Trainers learned more about the Silph Arena’s Cup meta’s thanks to GP.

Long story short: whether it’s Raids, PvP, or Community Day guides, GamePress has got it all for you! Make sure to follow them on Twitter and to subscribe to their Youtube channel as well!

GAMEPRESS LINKS

Twitter Feed

Whoops! That link in the previous tweet does indeed lead to our new Twitter account, but at the same time it probably would have been better if we'd just put down @Pogo_GamePress instead! We really feel that the new account will be a better way to provide content moving forward!

We've been quiet on here for a while, but it's high time that we return! We've started a brand new Twitter account, and are giving away special codes for unique item bundles in #PokemonGO! Come check us out as we get ready to #GoBeyond!
https://buff.ly/38Wtjig

The Community Day Vote - Best Picks
👉👉 https://youtu.be/PBxw8bZNVyA

Going over the Pros and Cons of each pick

🐛Highlighting why Weedle is the Good

and why Sandshrew and Squirtle are the Nope👀
#PokemonGOCommunityDay

NOW LIVE: Our @nolucksgiven guide to maximize your #PokemonGOCommunityDay featuring the Acorn Pokémon Seedot is here! 🍁

- Shiny Seedot✨
- 3x catch XP 📈
- Bullet Seed Shiftry 🏟
- “Seeing Double” Research
https://gamepress.gg/pokemongo/community-day-may-2020-guide

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Steven // 22 years young // Belgian // PoGO Lover // Soccer Player // Social Work Student // Favorite expression: "If our cat was a cow, we could milk it at the stove."