IRC, Gaming and The Business Of The Future

Brian Bojan Dordevic
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How It All Began

My work life became an instant messaging chat. It all started Back in 2004 I’ve been dwelling in chatrooms of IRC, and that’s long before Facebook was a thing. A lot of people are surprised to understand that I am an introvert, and the internet allowed me to feel connected without being taxed by social pressure.

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Despite being very outgoing, I have experienced fatigue in a social setting, yet I do have a necessity to connect and chat helped me facilitate that need. Chat helped me become a blind typer, one of the skills that define my job today. I type extremely fast, and chatting is probably a preferred method of communication. And today, I am “chatting for a living.”

Distributed Teams Are Relying on Instant Messaging

I am running a distributed team, and that’s making communication a critical component of work. Most of the discussion is happening on Instant messaging, like Discord, Slack, and iMessage. When you are coordinating 20 something people over chat apps, it is beneficial for you to know blind typing.

I can’t fathom myself not being a blind typer, as it also helped me produce countless blog posts, proposals. Fast and Clear Communication is a crucial skill in running a business. A successful business owner will have to be able to make decisions on the fly and operate large teams from a few communication applications. You can’t scale communication, but you must make it as fast and efficient as possible, as well as minimize it and keep it military style.

Being a manager put me in a spectator mode, as my attention span is limited in what it can tackle individually, as it is mostly focused on the big picture. I am less of a doer, more of a controller, and a monitor of the work of other people. My life is text-based, and that’s why Twitter is my preferred social network After I finish my days’ work.

Connecting the Gaming past and the future of work

Back in 2004, when I’ve started chatting, I didn’t realize that I was honing in on one of the skills that dominate my professional life today. It also came in handy when I was playing World of Warcraft during college. It’s weird how I count many skills that I’ve developed while I was playing WoW, also like ones that are incredibly critical in the modern workforce.

One of the interview questions that I asked people these days is whether they’ve played video games professionally. When I find a fellow professional gamer, I am developing a bias for his job application. I know that this person has developed the necessary skills that fit the company culture that I am building.

Why Is The Gaming Mindset So Critical?

The mentality that gamers develop is to beat the game. Game is a system, and systems are there to be beaten. I remember countless hours spent on the rules behind the system, how to take advantage of them so that I can reap the benefits of the game. Whether it was a Player Versus Environment or was it Player Versus Player, the rules of the system were widely discussed.

What would make you the most overpowering player in the game? That is the question that the majority of successful gamers would ask themselves, and they would put in the work to get there.

When you transition Gaming mindset into business life, you are getting a group of people that are continually asking themselves the question: How Do We Win? They are trying to find the most natural solution to making your business profitable. Everything is gamified. Thus it’s fun to do. Fun things inevitably get done.


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