When deciding on the ranking structure, and how we wanted to set up our leadership team, DrCyn went with a cut back version of the FBI Hierarchy. He’d used many structures in the past; US Marine Corps, Motorcycle Clubs, Simple Admin & Moderator – this seemed like an interesting one to use. There’s a limitation on leadership positions, where most positions are just moderating chats and ensuring members are having a good time and issues are rooted out quickly.
Whilst the position at the top is the CEO of Subversive Gaming, the person in that role is not 100% in control of the community or network. Any big direction changes, issuing bans, prize events and other matters are subject to a vote by The SG Council; Councillors are scattered around the ranks, but they still have a say in what happens with the community. One person calling the shots has failed in every community we’ve seen, so we called for something different. Nothing happens without a discussion and if required a vote. We’re a community built by the people, for the people.
Not only do we have a Council at the top for the big changes and decision, Subversive Gaming also has several subcommittees in its divisions to help democratically bring up ideas and decisions to help ease potential conflicts. Ideas can be submitted anonymously if someone feels that it’s better, so no one can vote on the person with the idea but simply the idea on its own merit. The entire organisation from its humble beginnings has been built on the ideas from members from the lowest entry rank (Agent Trainee) to the CEO, the CEO has never turned away a good idea.
Director of Subversive Gaming
(Founder & Chairman of SG Council)
The Director of Subversive Gaming, DrCyn thought out what he wanted from a gaming community after taking a hard look at the clans out there today. He wanted something that would feel like a home to the adult gamer and would subvert the expectations people have when joining a community nowadays.
Subversive Gaming to DrCyn needed to be free of toxicity, petty power plays and most of all it needed to be something that even the newest members could contribute ideas to. Subversive Gaming was to be built by the people, for the people.
As far as his leadership style, he believes that once he’s appointed a leader over a particular area of the community they’re responsible for it. DrCyn doesn’t micromanage where he doesn’t need to, and will often observe without interfering. There’s nothing worse than a leader who refuses to let someone take control, so the leaders are mostly left to their own devices and will report a brief summary of any progress or concerns at the leadership meeting.
Chief Executive Officer
CEO of Subversive Gaming
(Founder & Chairman of The Council)
The CEO of Subversive Gaming, DoctorCyn thought out what he wanted from a gaming community after taking a hard look at the clans out there today. He wanted something that would feel like a home to the average adult gamer and would subvert the expectations people have when joining a community, clan or organisation nowadays.
Subversive Gaming, to DoctorCyn, needed to be free of toxicity, petty power plays and most of all it needed to be something that even the newest members could contribute ideas to. Subversive Gaming was to be “built by the people, for the people”.
As far as his leadership style, he believes that once he’s appointed a leader over a particular area of the organisation, then they’re responsible for it. DoctorCyn doesn’t micromanage where he doesn’t need to, and will usually observe without interfering. There’s nothing worse than a leader at the top who refuses to let someone take control, so the leaders are mostly left to their own devices and will report a brief summary of any progress or concerns at the leadership meeting. At Subversive Gaming, that’s simply not the case, every single rank in our structure is designed to have specific duties and they’re usually pretty basic. He designed them knowing that too much in one rank means a faster burnout time and too little makes them get bored; however with the current structure leaders are able to work full time, complete their duties and still have plenty of game time.
Director of Community Division
Director of Community Division
Joining shortly after Subversive Gaming was founded, Freshdigz came into the community not really expecting much. After the last few he’d been in, on top of everything going on in the real world at the time, he was only looking for some friends to game with and not looking to get a leadership position of any kind. That being said, it didn’t take Fresh long to change his mind on SG, he loved what he saw and saw enormous potential for us as a brand.
Starting at the bottom, he welcomed people into the community and processed them accordingly and then ranked up pretty fast. During the early few months, it didn’t take long before Fresh was second from the top of his division and contributing in more ways than one. In early August ’20, Fresh was promoted to the position of Assistant Director, a position that held important duties and great responsibility in the Community Division. At the time he was also the highest ranking leader in the division as well, with a clear line to climb up should he continue in his contributions to the community.
In September ’20, Fresh was the first person to be promoted onto The Council, a position that was reserved to only a specific type of member and until now, a position only held by those who founded Subversive Gaming with DoctorCyn, our CEO, and was only intended to be offered to Directors only. However that quickly changed to a policy of all-inclusive eligibility, anyone and everyone could be nominated for a position on The Council when the CEO announces them.
In late-October, Fresh was promoted to Deputy Director of our Community Division, and was the first person to reach this rank in our history. When we founded, there was a Deputy Director and he was a long-time friend of our CEO, but because of the real world circumstances, he couldn’t remain online anymore and resigned. When Fresh got promoted to Assistant Director a few months before, it was clear to DoctorCyn that he would make it to the top of that division with little to no competition.
In mid-December, Fresh was promoted to Director of Community, another milestone for Subversive Gaming. Whilst it was clear who this position was going to be awarded to, it doesn’t take away how monumental it is for a leader to reach this rank having started from the bottom, with COVID raging on around us.
Fresh continues to contribute ideas across the organisation, offering his assistance where-ever people need it. He plays with everyone he can and doesn’t let his rank get in the way of his relationship with the people in our community.