Thank you, CTR Community...
This is a first...I've never made a Twitlonger before, but I felt like this was the best option to share my thoughts.
There's a lot of emotion and my brain isn't the clearest, but I'll do my best.
So, let's start with the TL;DR:
My contract with Signals Media/CTR was not renewed because circumstances outside my control. It's been an amazing two years, and now, I look to the future and what's next.
Thank you so much for all of the sweet messages of support and love. This news has been deeply difficult to see out in the open, but it's been made better by the love and well wishes of everyone in Twitter, Discord, emails, etc.
I found out yesterday that my contract would not be renewed with Signals Media/CTR. It's been a sad and painful couple of days, mainly because something I really loved is coming to an end.
The CTR Party has been my passion project for almost 5 years. (I don't count the first year, because that was mainly Pat's brainchild where I tossed some assists.) We started with a small conference room on the 3rd floor of the Hilton, where anyone who attended will tell you, was hotter than Hades inside. We expected 200-300 people, and over 900 showed up. It was our first year as a guild, and we knew we had something pretty special on our hands.
Last year, our 5th party, was the best one we ever organized. Over 3500 people came through our doors. We learned a lot, made some really impactful changes, and it all just came together. I'm glad we're going out on that note.
The work had been underway for our 2018 Kickstarter and you may very well see some of that product in the future. It was shaping up to be a pretty amazing campaign this year, so hopefully you'll get a chance to see some of the work we did.
I want to thank every member of the CTR Party planning committee who has worked with me to help bring this event to life every year. It's a 7-month long process that requires really talented people to make it happen, and I've been honored to have been able to work with the very best.
Pat Krane took a chance on hiring me full-time, and I got two amazing years of chances to learn, try new ideas, fail, and try again. Though my contract was not renewed to continue working for Signals Media, I got a chance to follow my dreams. I'll forever be grateful to him for that.
Following a dream comes with risks. Sometimes you succeed, and sometimes you don't. And sometimes, you have to say goodbye to your dream and build new ones to chase.
For now, I'm looking to the future and where I will end up next. Though my heart is sad and broken that this era is coming to an end, I'm still very hopeful for what's to come. I don't know what that is yet, but I'm deeply grateful for the community that surrounds me, supports me, and wishes the best for me. I look forward to seeing you all at BlizzCon, for the first time without an event to run (which is surreal to even think about...)