The ForeGamers web application is the brainchild of myself, Mark Belshaw (Newcastle University graduate and avid gamer). I created it because I wanted a better gaming experience. By making connections more transparent and giving gamers more control, I believe we can inspire a stronger community of gamers online and offline.
Our users can team up with or compete against fellow gamers who are the same age (stops them getting their ass whipped by teenagers), are from nearby (they can call a meetup and it can actually happen), and who equally dislikes that RPG everyone else is raving about (a grudge shared is a more satisfying grudge).
Everything we do is designed to max-out the good times and eradicate all those nasty troll-vibes, plus those who just silently spoil co-op gaming. Because we can’t all play the dude with the massive hammer or be driving the tank, right? Our users will be ranked and rated, so you know where the toxic individuals are and you can stay well away.
One of the coolest elements of the platform is our Squad Signal. You pick your game, platform, when you want to begin and add your message. Once that’s done, you fire off the Squad Signal and it won’t be long until your squad is full, tactically briefed and you’re all set to destroy your opponents.
ForeGamers started when me (hello, Mark again) and my friends talked about how tiring the random nature of mainstream online gaming is, repeatedly encountering bad comms and trolls whenever we logged on. Not to mention the solo artists who rampage to boost their Kill-Death Ratio and nothing else.
The lack of a bridge to the real world was also a problem. I knew there must be more gamers who lived close by, but when I logged on, I’d play with gamers from Osaka to Ontario instead. This made the chances to connect with cool new friends and organise real life meetups slim to none.
After months of talking about it, I finally got my ideas down on paper in September 2017 and then into a PowerPoint presentation. It then went in front of some big cheeses, and the momentum has been growing from there.
Now here we are...
There is no app or play store involved here. You simply open up your browser and type in foregamers.com. Hit ‘Sign up’ and you’ve taken step one to gaming nirvana.
You create your profile. It includes, of course, a bad-ass username, your city and country, the platforms you rock, your STEAM, PSN and Xbox Live IDs, your favourite games, your hated games. You can even put a picture of your mug on there.
Search for gamers with our filters to find the like-minded souls who might soon be part of a beautifully successful crushing machine. Filter using all the elements that make up your own profile. You’ll also be receiving invites to connect with other ForeGamers users who see you as a strong ally.
Here you have the freedom to team up with gamers you want to game with. Pick what you want to play, the platform, when you want to begin and add your message. Then fire off the signal and assemble your squad on your terms, or, look for signals that are right up your street.
Gaming well together, basically. After all there is no ‘i’ squad (there is in ‘signal’, but we’ll ignore that).