End of Year Interview 2020 Banditpig: ‘Next year I would love to start a hearthstone Esports team’

At Bandit Gang, the end of the year means the end of year interviews. All members are put to the test one by one about the events of the past year that shaped them. Private as well as business. In these interviews in which no mince of words will be stated, no taboos exist, sometimes harsh words are used and where you get a nice insight into the soul life of the interviewee.

Babyjosus: Well, well, well. If it ain’t the founder of Team Bandit Gang who took some time off from his busy schedule to visit us. Its been a while since you left the team, what have you been up to lately?

BanditPig: After I left the team I didn’t have much going on since it was the middle of lockdown and I had finished college, but still wanted to be productive so I started selling hot tubs and garden furniture on Facebook marketplace. I never did end up starting a dead by daylight Esports team.

BJ: Wait, you did what?

BP: It was a good little money spinner during the summer. I used to wake up early to buy them for £380 and sell them for around £500. Some hammocks I bought for £60 sold for £120. Good times. Man, I miss summer.

BJ: That does sound exciting. A proper businessman at heart. And you started Team Bandit Gang in the end of 2019, what made you start your own Esports Team back then?

BP: Back in 2019 when you joined a team that some ancient veterans would know as Team Rankstar. You put the [TRS] tag in your discord username and I thought it was very entertaining how you would show off your shiny new badge. I decided to make my own as a joke so I put [BG] in my nickname on discord. Over time some more of your team-less viewers would join and we built a lovely community for those who wanted a tag on their username. Then I kicked them all out and turned it into a real team, because DatBottleOfCidre said I should make BG real in a streamers chat.

BJ: I remember all that very well. Halfway 2020 you changed leadership to KingDenpai and the rest of the management team. How would you reflect on the year 2020?

BP: I think we can all agree that 2020 was a bit shit. I originally planned to meet up in Amsterdam with some BG lads and other Gwent players but that ended up not happening. I think it’s a shame that masters got cancelled as well. Other than that I can’t say much about 2020 because it feels like nothing has actually happened and I am living the same week over and over again.

BJ: The year 2020 does feel like it has been a gap year for some. And do you still keep an eye out on Gwent?

BP: I will always keep an eye out for Gwent because I met a lot of people in the community that helped me a lot when I first started streaming, so as long as I am in touch with them I will be in touch with Gwent. I even played some Gwent after the launch of the latest expansion and tried some silly stuff as usual.

BJ: That’s nice to hear. Is there anything that you would like to do next year?

BP: Next year I would love to start a hearthstone Esports team. Seriously though, I will hopefully have written and shot my first short film or maybe get a job.

BJ: Speaking of movies. On the 5th of December you released your latest gmod movie Subzero Infection, the sequel to the short gmod movie Subzero Extraction. And for the reader that isn’t aware, I am one of the main stars in it. But the question that I wanted to ask is what it was like working on this ambitious project?

BP: Working on a gmod film is very time consuming. And of course in gmod you can have any props, effects, locations, vehicles or characters you need, but in some ways it still feels harder than making a real life film. Since you can’t have precise fine details or gestures, and when filming you see through the POV of the camera whilst acting, so it can be hard to perfect movement – especially when driving. Everything is done by you, so you can’t have much going on at the same time which can limit your ideas. Overall it is a challenging process but you learn a lot of tricks on the way. I like to think that, despite the shit textures and bad visual effects, gmod films are just as much ‘films’ as real life films. Just in a different medium, like an animated film is. And I wish they had a bigger audience, but for now I just make them to improve my script writing and for my friends. And due to how low-budget they look it is hard to get a serious feel across so I end up making them cheesy on purpose to suit the style. I also think that you make an an excellent voice actor and should be considered a Hollywood movie star.

BJ: I am still waiting to get nominated for best Supporting Actor by the way. Anyway, back to you. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

BP: No, I think new years resolutions are a scam. If you want to improve yourself start today instead of waiting around just so you can tell people.

BJ: Makes sense. Anything you want to say to the reader in anticipation of 2021?

BP: To the reader I would say avoid debt.

BJ: Very helpful advice. Thanks for visiting us and may we have another chat at the end of 2021!


*BanditPig's Top 10 Cards of 2020

*The piece of paper with BanditPig’s top 10 cards of 2020 got eaten by a dog called Knickers, due to this unfortunate circumstance we only got to know his top 10. Which has left us wondering what his reasoning was for his top 10.

10. Gascon  Reason unknown.

9. Gascon – Reason unknown.

8. Gascon Reason unknown.

7. Gascon Reason unknown.

6. Gascon  Reason unknown.

5. Gascon  Reason unknown.

4. Gascon  Reason unknown.

3. Gascon Reason unknown.

2. Gascon Reason unknown.

1. Gascon Reason unknown.

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