Behind the scenes of MnM – Part 1

Hi everyone, some of you may know me and some may not but either way please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Daniel also known by my online alias Javelin, and I am the co-founder of Molotovs and Marshmallows. Today I thought I’d write what should be the first of many more weekly articles which I hope will allow you, our fans, to get to know the people and activities that go on behind the scenes here at MnM. The articles won’t be anything formal with masses of editing, just thoughts, interesting memories and experiences I may have which I’d like to share with you all. So in talking about the scenes behind what makes MnM tick, I, in my naivety and inexperience at writing such things, thought that the beginning was a good place to start, so without further ado let’s begin!

Initially we started Molotovs and Marshmallows to compete as a team in the United Kingdom’s (UK) counter-strike scene due to the noticeable lack of UK teams present in the top EU Counter-Strike competitions. This was confirmed later when some of the well known organisations in UK eSports disbanded (Most notably London Lynx and Team Animate in 2014). Though a major contribution which stunted growth in the UK scene came in 2009; the sudden collapse of the UK eSports Association (UKeSA), which through a series of controversies left a huge scar in the UK scene by removing a significant amount of organisation credibility and incentive to compete. More factors have been highlighted as causes for the weakened state of the UK scene but I’ll perhaps save that for another time.

First Kalvin (the Founder and my brother) and myself decided we needed both a catchy name and an eye catching logo. We knew that we didn’t want to be cliché and have our team named after an animal or have an intimidating looking logo. No we wanted something a little more memorable and unique, so we looked across existing organisations for inspiration. Now I’m not going to lie, I am a Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) fan boy at heart which you can see had a major influence on the name we decided upon mirroring NiP’s projection of amusing and light hearted imagery. When the name almost came about we thought “Can you imagine a flaming toasted marshmallow? That’d be hilarious.” That was the day that Molotovs and Marshmallows was conceived as a great name to go by, however we still needed a vision and goal.

For our goal we didn’t want to again go with the cliché “to become the best” at this and beat everything. Again I don’t think that there is anything wrong with that, you can strive to be the best but in there end there’s only a select few teams that can, and we can’t have thousands of teams doing the same thing. In addition we thought what happens if we’re not the best, do we give up? Sadly a lot of teams do. Of course becoming the best is a given and we wanted something more meaningful, a vision we could follow and look back on to make sure we were on track.

Watching Ninjas in Pyjamas we dreamed of gaining the opportunities and practice to become a big name players in eSports. Since Kalvin and myself were raised in a traditional oriental family, such dreams could be attributed to the stereotype “put education first”. Our parents weren’t wrong and they simply wanted the best for us. However digressions aside, knowing that it was too late to gain years of experience like the current legends in eSports, we felt that what better way to live the whole eSports dream than to give other people a means to live it. In other words we wanted to become a highly recognised organisation, reputed with ambitions to help provide opportunities for others to develop eSports careers, no matter how big or small. This is the very idea that laid the foundations for our core beliefs and the way that we run MnM, and this was where it all began.

I thought I’d attach a picture at the start of the article which takes us back to the moments where MnM was still in it’s infancy. Here I am with Kalvin (left) with good friends Emily and Shawn.

All opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s and do not represent the views of Molotovs and Marshmallows (MnM)