The GTS Initiative.
The Grifball Trials Series... or as we like to call it: The GTS, is a 4 week testing period consisting of two 2-week micro cycles, which are executed by the GTS Admin & Advisors team. These cycles provide a controlled environment allowing us to first run a session (Cycle 1) in order test out options for everything within the gametypes, followed by a mini-league (Cycle 2) implementing a full season design compressed into 2 weeks.
Everything is tracked by the numbers, based on the parameters of the changes we are testing at that time. The control group will consist of you: the AGLA & GGL Players. If you want a voice, and to be part of the process, this is how you can do it. We are encouraging all players from both leagues to join, so we can compile as much feedback as possible. In order to gather this data, all players / teams will all be asked to fill out surveys for each test in the cycle, which will be reviewed by the GTS team once the cycle is completed.
Once both cycles are concluded, the GTS will have the entire GGL/AGLA season to compile all the surveys and game data, go over the results, and determine which options are actually viable. Once that is completed we will be presenting those results, along the options to the community, and then put those options to a community vote.
You will only be eligible to vote on the options provided if you participated in the GTS - To be involved, you have to be involved.
In order to ensure as much administrative transparency as possible, I will hold a live stream to talk about those findings, and explain what it is the community will be voting on, so that everyone is informed, in order to answer questions, or provide clarification. This is a community effort. The goal here it to unify our community, and ensure we have the best possible versions of the game. Everyone being involved lets us all know, for a fact, that we all tried every possible option (within reason) that we could. Nobody can say: “Well nobody asked me”.
I will continue posting updates as things develop, just know executing this takes an extraordinary amount of coordination and time, and we are on top of it.
The GTS Organizational Structure:
My goal here is to reunite the community as much as possible, and in order to continue allowing the leagues to evolve and grow organically, we need a solid structure in place. Over the past six months, we’ve seen a lot changes here at the Hub. In that time I’ve had the opportunity to observe and eventually take on, in one way or another, most of the processes involved with the day to day operations. In doing so I’ve noticed more than a few structural nuances that needed to be revamped, especially considering the changes in staff involvement that have occurred since RTX last year.
In order to allow a more ‘hands free’ level of involvement during the GTS, and minimize the time required that senior leadership has had to reduce given their successful accomplishments, and progress in life, I am creating the League Advisory Council.
Sam (Snickerdoodle) has agreed to head up the new League Advisory Council initially, which is where the senior leadership is being transitioned to during GTS. The council will be a formal body of support for Rage and I to turn to should we need advice on a topic, or clarification on formal decisions.
The GTS admin teams will consist of 5 members. 3 selected from the GTS pool, and 2 from the community. Rage will be overseeing the GTS admin team as the GTS Admin Director. All admins, will be subject to the Admin Code Of Conduct (final draft scheduled for review & release at the end of May) so that there is a clear understanding of what the expectations and guidelines are for them during their time as an admin within the GTS.
The community admin roles will be chosen by the community, and rotational each season so that there is always transparency in the process of what we are doing within the GTS leadership, and the community is involved in it’s own management. To qualify, active players need 12 months prior clean history with the hub - no bans, or suspensions. Trust and respect is going to play a huge part in this, and we all want to be able to trust our leadership. The increase in the number of admins Is going to allow us to redistribute a lot of the work Rage and I have been doing on our own with respect to team coordination (up to and including new player policy education, captain procedural education, broadcast game coordination) and increase the consistency of communications throughout the leagues. This should decrease the amount of time it takes to reach an admin, or get an answer to a question that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible.
I want to ensure that no one person governing the GTS league has all the power (Except Goose, and Kal, obviously), and that includes both of the Directors (Rage & I). Therefore, all ban/suspension abilities are being removed from the individual GTS admin roles.
Each team of admins is responsible for governing the players during their active season, and it will take a majority vote (2 of 3 for GTS, or 3 of 5 for AGLA/GGL; respectively based on the upcoming standardized disciplinary guidelines which will be released later this week in tandem with the revised GrifballHub Player Code of Conduct/TOS) from the admin team in question to make a formal disciplinary recommendation of a ban or suspension.
This recommendation will then be presented to Rage and I. If we both agree with their recommendation based on interviews with the players, and the evidence presented, Rage will issue the suspension or ban and we will present that decision as a group to the player/players affected. If we (Rage & I) do not agree, that recommendation then go’s before the League Advisory Council for a final decision.
LET ME BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS NEXT PART:
Neither Rage, nor I, can issue a ban or suspension without a majority vote recommendation from the governing league admin team in place at the time of the incident.
This allows for community involved oversight, and redistribution of the power in a way that prevents an opportunity for abuse by any one person. It clears the slate and puts the leadership and the community back at ground zero.
Checks and balances.
For violations incurred by any league admins, the recommendation will come from the remaining admins, with a mandatory review by the league advisory council along with their recommendation, which will be handed down accordingly by Rage and I.
The Prize Pools:
Starting at the beginning of this Pilot GTS, we will be implementing a new Prize pool system. The weekend before, I will hold a 12 hour gaming stream fundraiser - with as many of you who want to join me. The purpose is to hold a blind fundraiser. Nobody can see who donates what - so if you want to donate $1 or $20 - it’s anonymous. At the end of the stream, I will have a tally of what we raised and that becomes the prize pool - Which Goose will hold onto in the Hubs account. We will put together a survey and tell you all, how much we earned, and ask YOU: THE COMMUNITY how you want your prized distributed. Just champions? Over the entire season in smaller portions? Top 2 teams in each division? The point is, the community controls its own prizes.
Then based on the new partnerships Rage and I networked over the last 9 months, and the parameters you all have chosen for the prize distribution, we will come up with a comprehensive set of options, based on the funds we raised, and present to the community, the options of what to buy with the Prize Pool - YOU DETERMINE YOUR PRIZES.
AND THIS HAPPENS AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY GTS SEASON.
This prize system, along with the new Flagship Podcast, are some of the amazing things we have created in the GTS, and there’s still more in the works.
Once the GTS is up and running, and we have the process smoothed out, we will be opening the doors for passionate members of the community to get involved. Expect that to happen during the next AGLA, once we’ve had an entire cycle to get all the kinks worked out. In the mean time, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask, just know that if I don’t have an answer, I will get one.
Thank you all for the amount of trust you are placing in me with this, and I hope that this system serves you, the community.