That’s a good question.
BigD Gaming is 10 years strong, originally born out of the need for an Australian based server and community for the Battlefield 2 mod: Project Reality. BigD Gaming continues to host and grow the Australian SQUAD playerbase by providing Five Licensed servers, along with regular community events, community modding and support. BigD Gaming also supports other games and a strong general community.
BigD Gaming has never been a clan or team with self interest in dominating a server. BigD Gaming is an open community with units (clans/teams) that operate within BigD Services (private unit forum, teamspeak channels, private game server sessions, etc), plus of course the many individuals who have joined and been apart of the community.
BigD Gaming has fostered the creation of numerous groups/teams/clans over the years, some have remained attached as units of the community, some have spread their wings and set up shop on their own services, while some have dissipated into history.
2017 is going to be a big year for BigD Gaming with continued overall community growth and maturity the key to expanding into future gaming genre.
Since the inception of BigD Gaming there has been a large accumulation of services and tools including, but not limited to:
- Dedicated Server hardware based in Sydney, Australia;
- Redundant VPS servers;
- Committed Senior Management team with a large support group of admins;
- Popular Discord server with over 1000 connected members;
- Modern, feature rich website;
- Private, self-managed sub-website functionality for gaming clans/units/teams;A transparent game Administration Team that respects and encourages two-way communication between players;
- Social Media accessibility via Facebook, Steam Group & YouTube;
- 500 slot Teamspeak Server (backup to Discord);
The community was started in 2006 by a group of like-minded Australians who reached out to a small internet service provider, BIGDY Broadband, who sponsored and donated a free server to the new community. In turn the small community took on the name of BigD along with the blue & orange colours of the company as thanks for their generosity. That first server was the start of the Australian/New Zealand community for the Battlefield 2 modification known at the time as the Project Reality Mini Mod (PRMM).
As the community and the Project Reality Mod (PR) outgrew the humble beginnings of BIGDY Broadband, BigD Gaming was given the golden opportunity to host multiple PR Servers for free at Gaming SA (GSA). This was the start of the Golden period for BigD Gaming and Project Reality in the Oceanic region.
From 2007 right through to 2010, this community went through large stages of growth and change as the Project Reality mod grew and grew with every release. It was in 2008 that the BigD Gaming 10 vs 10 Competition Ladder was first played. The game play experienced during the ladder competitions was described by some as the most intense and rewarding. 5 more competitive seasons would follow over the years.
Also during this period, numerous community event nights were organised by dedicated community members. The events varied from a semi-organised 32 vs 32 match, to a best out of 5 rounds conquest series, to objective-based scenarios planned by community members.
Ups and Downs
In early 2010, it was announced that Gaming SA (GSA) would be shut down and its assets merged with 3FL (Westnet's gaming network). Unfortunately for BigD Gaming, the full, unrestricted access to the game servers it once enjoyed would disappear. Thankfully, a saviour appeared - GamingAU (GAU). GAU was set up by a former system admin at GSA and gave lifelines to those affected by the closure of the GSA server. Our new home at GAU was only supposed to be 6 months - that turned into 5 years.
Events in 2010 also signalled a change in the online gaming world, including Call of Duty:MW2, Battlefield 3 and ARMA 2 all being released then, coupled with reduction of updates for the Project Reality mod, the community started to move in different directions.
Return of BigD Gaming
The wonderful developers of the PR mod released the Project Reality v1.3 standalone game in 2015 which spurred continuous development and enhancement of the BigD Gaming community into the sleek, modern and flexible community we have become today, ready for SQUAD. Numerous BigD community members advertised this release of the PR standalone and our community population exploded, quite often with a fully populated 100 player PR server. The BigD Gaming community competed in matches against the Korean, Japanese and Chinese PR Communities, whilst also arranging fun and popular community nights.
How do I join BigD Gaming?
Start off by signing up to this website, posting a few things, and coming to join us on our BigD gaming servers and our Teamspeak server. There is no long-winded application to become a member of BigD Gaming, just jump in and start interacting.
What if I want to join an established Unit?
Each unit associated with BigD Gaming has its own way of recruiting new members, so check out their individual unit pages under the Unit tab on the website for more information on how each Unit recruits.
What if I want to bring an existing Unit to BigD Gaming?
If you already have a Unit of friends that you would like to bring into the BigD gaming community, then all you need to do is to contact one of the Head or Senior BigD Gaming admins either by sending them a private message on our website or by having a chat with them on our Teamspeak server. The admins are listed on the BigD website under the Admin Team tab.
What if I want to start up a Unit in BigD Gaming?
If you have a group of friends or gamers that you would like to start a Unit with, all you need to do is to contact one of the Head or Senior BigD Gaming admins either by sending them a private message on our website or by having a chat on with them on our Teamspeak server.
What does BigD Gaming offer a Unit?
BigD Gaming can offer a Unit their very own private forum area, Teamspeak channels and application forms for new members just for starters.
The BigD Gaming community will be organising a new Team vs Team competition ladder, akin to previous 10 vs 10 ladder competitions that were ran back in the glory days of Project Reality along with other various games. For a team to enter into a competition, they do not need to be a Unit of BigD Gaming, although Units of BigD Gaming get priority access to community signup events.
What is in it for a Member?
A member is an individual who actively engages in the BigD Gaming servers, forums and Teamspeak. Members also have the opportunity to take part in any upcoming community events as well as play as a mercenary in any upcoming BigD Gaming hosted competitions.
All members, new and seasoned, are crucial to the development and expansion of the BigD Gaming community, so a massive thank you to everyone that has helped the continuation of the community and we look forward to seeing more of you in the future.