Today (Friday 26th February 2016) my time heading up NGB will come to an end. It’ll be a bittersweet moment for me as on the one hand I move onto a fantastic opportunity (hope to announce soon), but I’ll be leaving behind a place that’s close to my heart.
I still remember receiving a call from Adam Bhatti (now at Konami) after I left GodisaGeek, proposing I join Kitana and start up a general gaming site. Several conversations later (with both him and Suff), NGB was finally born in June 2011. A labour of love from the beginning to present day, I am extremely proud of how far the site has come and what we’ve achieved as a team (both old and new). There have been good times and some bad, but it has all been worth it and then some. It’s an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed, improving myself as a person and learning so much about the games industry in the process. At times, when life was tough, NGB was the saviour for me, giving me something to get stuck into and forget my troubles for at least a few moments. Bloody hell… This is how a parent must feel when he/she finally lets go of their child or watches him/her go off to university. A slight tinge of sadness mixed with joy.
A big thank you to you everyone that has read or watched anything on the site since its inception, you have kept me going. Thanks for the comments, both good and bad. It’s all appreciated. I know you care as much as we do! To the lovely PR people that have supported the site and I, much love. You didn’t have to speak to me or give us stuff for review, but you did and for that I will always be grateful. Then there’s the team of people I’ve worked with, I love you all. Special thanks to Adam Bhatti, Suff, Ben, Gari and Adam Neaves. The first two, thanks for welcoming me into the Kitana team and showing me so much love. Ben, Gari and Adam Neaves, well, you guys I’ve spoken to more than my family over the last couple of years at least. You’ve been there for me, supporting me no matter what. Thanks. It actually been like being part of a big family here and I’m genuinely going to miss working with you all.
Moving forward, I ask you guys (the readers/watchers) to keep supporting NGB and looking at our content. Ben will be taking over my duties as editor-in-chief, I kindly ask you show him the same support you’ve shown me in my (almost) five years at Kitana and NGB. Don’t tell him, but he’ll probably end up doing a better job than me! No, seriously, please continue to support Ben and the team. I know I will, eagerly awaiting the next review, video or podcast like a fanboy. 🙂
Once again, thank you and farewell.