Hello & Welcome to ItsMuchMore
Like every good movie, there is an origin story tell. ItsMuchMore evolved from the community of UKRockers and upstart popular tech and gaming blog Start2Select.
ItsMuchMore was founded in 2013
UKRockers were regularly seen competing in online gaming ladders and tournaments such as Gamebattles, EnemyDown, Clanbase to name a few. UKRockers were an online clan community who took part in the online social & competitive scene from around 1999 becoming successfully established on each major platform that was released as the very early esports scene formed. Hosting servers, competitive sessions, special events to blazing ladders and a number of TV appearances. After many long years, such a great community was built gaining many great friendships along the way. The world was changing. Many of our members grew up, life moved on, priorities changed. Many of them are still active today and fly the heralding flag of UKRockers with “UKR”.
There were some great highlights for UKRockers which included being invited to Retrovision 5 lead in Frome, Somerset UK where we hooked up a number consoles for the public to come along and play via LAN (Sega Dreamcast / Sony Playstation 2 / Microsoft Xbox), also being invited to help with the very first GameCity Festival in Nottingham, like Retrovision 5 we had consoles and games on display for the general public to play free of charge (Microsoft Xbox , Sega Dreamcast , Nintendo Gamecube , Sony Playstation 2 , Microsoft Xbox 360 , Sony PSP).
UKRockers will live on in the hearts of the people who was part of the journey from the early competitive and social days of the online gaming revolution – Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 and GameCube to Xbox online gaming to the final days on PC and Xbox 360.
We opened a number of different avenues – radio and podcast using Metal-Lynx and Radio-N forming UKR Radio, which at the time was very enjoyable, also creating videos on which were later uploaded to YouTube.
Hosting and supporting a number of different tournaments for organizations and websites such as GameScrubs and hosting the first ever online Mario Kart Double Dash tournament on Warp-Pipe which Nintendo themselves gave us full support. As well as the prizes to the successful winners and players taking part in a landmark achievement.
The steps moving forward were challenging the leap from managing a clan & community to a new venture of a blog/review website, we had to build trust and relationships with developers, PR, publishers and organisations to enable us to create ItsMuchMore and to do something that we can see us doing for years to come and that’s reviewing games / writing news and being part of events and expos.
In our eyes gaming was just our start, after building those contacts within the gaming world opened the doors to opportunities with the theatres. Local/national event companies giving us press access to those. This to lead to more possibilities which is the real reason for our name ItsMuchMore because we simply was much more than gaming. “Its Much More About…”
We’ve established connections with a number of different companies over the years that include Ubisoft , Deep Silver , Sega , Nintendo , PR Outreach , EA , Reef Entertainment , Warner Bros Games. All of which have given us their latest game releases for us to feature and review as part of ItsMuchMore.
ItsMuchMore have previously worked alongside companies in good relationships with OnLive, THQ and Capcom. In ItsMuchMore’s home town of Nottingham. GameCity were making their first steps which we were involved with. Nerd Fest. EuroGamer eXpo (EGX) Rezzed, PlayExpo each year as part of press access attendance.
This wealth of experience and dedication brings us to now, here we are, Its Much More.
“This is what myself and the remaining core UKRockers members enjoy doing as part of ItsMuchMore. Its a great passion that something we’ve enjoyed doing for a number of years writing and talking about games has allowed us to test some of the latest gadgets, attend gigs and the stage just to name a few so we are busy all the time improving and updating our website.
We have had no funding throughout the time of UKRockers and ItsMuchMore and have never been sponsored in any way shape or form, we work through the website in our own time and all work full-time so all the money we earn goes into the website / servers / giveaways and just the general up keep, yes we get sent the games and tickets for free but everything else to keep the website a float is paid by us, we hope to continue to write reviews and support this website/blog for many years to come.
(Edited by Kristian)
A look back through the achieves of successes of UKRockers
UKRockers Charity Work
- Raised £100 for the Richard House Hospice Charity – 1999
- 24hr gaming event to raised money for the Royal Hospital for sick children – 2011
UKRockers Website References:
- Steam Group
- Twitter Page
- YouTube Videos
- Bungie Halo 2 Stats (UKRockers Main Clan)
- Bungie Halo 2 Stats (UKRockers UKR Elite Clan)
- Bungie Halo 2 Stats (UKRockers UKR Community Clan)
- Top 100 Clan Website
- The Dreamcast Junkyard
UKRockers Achievements on Ladder Websites:
- Halo 2 – Xbox EU Ladder Winners – 2004
- Medal of Honour Allied Assault – Obj Realism Cup Fall 2004 International – Runners Up – 2004
- Far Cry – Xbox EU Ladder Winners – 2005
- Call of Duty 3 – XBOX 360 EU Ladder Winners – 2006
- TrackMania Nations – PC 2on2 OC Fall – Runners Up – 2006
Events which UKRockers attending or took part in:
- UKRockers attending Nintendo VIP launch party of the Nintendo GameCube – London – 2002
- UKRockers attended The PlayStation Experience – London – 2003
- Hosted a display at RetroVision 5 – Frome, Somerset – 2005
- Hosted a display at GameCity – Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – 2006
- UKRockers attended GameOn – London – 2006
Clan Matche stats on GameBattles Ladder website for Xbox 360:
- Gears of War (360) – Played 26 – Won 17 – Lost 9
- Guitar Hero 3 (360) – Played 8 – Won 6 – Lost 2
- Call of Duty 3 (360) – Played 37 – Won 29 – Lost 8
- Call of Duty 4 (360) – Played 16 – Won 10 – Lost 6
- 2010 marked the 10th Anniversary of UKRockers as a clan and community.
- Appeared in the 360 Gamer Magazine Issue 73
- UKRockers members reunited at EuroGamer Expo (EGX) 2012
Over the years UKRockers found that people used UKRockers as somewhat of a stepping stone to further develop their gaming careers, this lead to a number of successful teams/clans and players being formed off the back of UKRockers, UKRockers were glad that they paved the way for those people and myseld and founders of UKRockers wish you all the best of luck and hope that if our paths meet again we can look back on the times we were together.