While EPIC.LAN’s gaming events have been impacted by COVID restrictions, albeit with a successful pilot LAN event last week, its B2B services arm has started to see steady growth again as the UK emerges from the pandemic. In particular, the specialised technical support agency has worked with several producers over the past 18 months providing cloud streaming support, hosting and software solutions for a range of esports projects, notably as the tournament platform and data provider for the Rainbow Six UK and Ireland National League and its recently extended relationship with NSE, supporting hundreds of tournaments each year to UK university students.
With that growth, EPIC.LAN has appointed long-standing event crew member, Dan Oxborrow to its permanent management team to head up and build its software portfolio as Development Manager.
Dan has been working as Principal Developer at Stafford-based risual for over six years having started his development career many years ago as an intern at EPIC.LAN’s headline partner Intel. He has also been part of EPIC.LAN’s event crew in various roles for twelve years outside of his day job. As Development Manager, Dan will work with existing software clients, suppliers and agencies to grow EPIC.LAN’s dedicated esports software solutions.
Dan is no stranger to EPIC.LAN’s software solutions, having worked on the data systems behind the Rainbow Six UK and Ireland project as well as 2019’s Omen Challenge, both of which required highly bespoke systems to meet the unique broadcast scope. Dan also developed EPIC.LAN’s in-house suite of CSGO tools such as its in-game match plugin.
Jon Winkle, EPIC.LAN Managing Director said “After a rough 18 months for the event industry, it’s important for us to diversify and not remain solely in the events world to secure our future as one of the UK’s top technical support agencies in esports. Dan’s appointment signals our intention to increase the scope of our software solutions to those who need us to take away their technical headaches in esports projects. As esports operators first and foremost, we’re perfectly positioned to understand the quirks of esports systems and ensure that our services are designed to make operators’ lives easier from the outset.”
Dan adds, “Having been a part of the event crew from the beginning, I’m thrilled to be combining my passion for gaming and software development as EPIC.LAN’s new Development Manager. We have already been a part of so many exciting and challenging technical projects since 2009. As the industry recovers, I’m really looking forward to enhancing our software solutions over the coming months for both new and existing customers.”