Meet Tom Ngo — Content and Social Media Associate of Guild of Guardians
We’re on a mission to onboard hundreds of millions of gamers into digital ownership via NFTs, by building the world’s most popular mobile RPG where players can turn their passion for gaming into real assets.
It’s a bold ambition, and bold ambitions require relentless focus, teamwork and some of the best talents in the industry. In this ‘Meet the Team’ series, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the team who are passionately building and spearheading the next frontier of gaming.
Meet Tom Ngo— Entrepreneur, Crypto Enthusiast, TikTok KING and the Content and Social Media Associate of Guild of Guardians! Like many of us here at GOG, Tom is an entrepreneur at heart, with more side hustles than you can count on two hands! Specialising in social growth, Tom has built several online communities and social followings, garnering millions of followers across platforms, including Facebook and TikTok. No wonder he’s known as GOG’s King of TikTok!
Tell us a little about yourself, Tom
For six years, I worked full-time building and managing viral social media pages. In my first year, I built pages with around 1 million followers, and over six years, that number reached over 20 Million. I’ve been able to build businesses around those pages and make income from digital advertising.
In early 2017, I discovered Crypto, and I purchased a “Litter Crypto Kitties” that cost a few dollars. Over night the price of a crypto kitty shot up to $100, and then I experienced the crazy 2017 bull run.
Last year, I was primarily focused on the blockchain space. One of my favourite Crypto companies is Immutable, so when I saw that they were hiring, I immediately applied to any job openings they had.
You manage the Guild of Guardians TikTok page. What are your thoughts on TikTok in the coming years?
I foresee massive changes in the digital space from TikTok. In the last twelve months, I have noticed a few big corporations spending big bucks on the platform. We have seen how the attention economy evolves for each generation; smart people understand that the best time to build something on an emerging platform is to build early while the algorithms are not overly saturated with content.
By building now, we are positioning ourselves for Gen Z to effectively connect with the GOG brand ahead of most mobile games. This generation is the future, and we want to build a game that will last many years!
As a fan of Immutable and Guild of Guardians, how have your thoughts changed after being a part of the team?
I am even more bullish on Immutable and Guild of Guardians than I was before. I think with most projects, crypto investors don’t get the opportunity to meet the team behind it. I always saw Immutable as a company that had an amazing vision and execution, but I never realised how talented every single person in the team was.
In the past, popular crypto games were made by entrepreneurs who had profits as their goal when making games. At Guild of Guardians, we have a diverse range of talent who’ve worked on huge game titles, to dedicated visionaries who are all working on solving the challenge of making a game with blockchain technology adopted by mainstream audiences.
The Guild Of Guardians team consists of some of the best in the industry and is fully capable of making the game mainstream.
What excites you about the future of Guild of Guardians?
I can’t wait to see Guild of Guardians grow its player-base, especially after the launch. Although the crypto market conditions right now are not ideal with the bear market, I think for Guild of Guardians to achieve success, it does not need a bull market, unlike other crypto games. GOG is a blockchain game that is designed and made for gamers. This in itself is an exciting thing, given that nearly all past popular Crypto games were built for the purpose of earning tokens.
What I love about Immutable is that we want to build games that are actually fun. Hopefully, we will see GOG trending on the app store one day and being the driver that connects millions of people into a seamless game that uses blockchain technology. That will be massive for the entire Web3 industry.
As someone with loads of experience playing crypto games, what interests you the most?
The major reason why I played these games was that I wanted to be a part of the early stages of what I see as the major driving force to mainstream crypto adoption one day.
I think there is a nostalgia aspect to it, too, for some of these games. For example, when I played Crypto Kitties, it was reminiscent of playing games such as Neopets. Generally, I would never re-visit web browser games from the early 2000s, but the earning mechanics and blockchain aspect of Crypto Kitties made me engaged in “Web3 games”.
I think gaming is the easiest way for crypto to reach mainstream audiences. It is the gateway to introducing many people into private wallets, NFTs, and transacting with cryptocurrencies. To see crypto gaming evolve from its early stages is something I am really interested in.
What are some of the differences between Games that utilise Blockchain technology compared to traditional games?
Crypto games are still in their very early stages. I think we can all agree that most of these games currently available are not fun, and most people would not play them if it weren’t for the play-to-earn aspect. Most crypto games have a basic user experience, where you repeat the same thing, and there isn’t much complexity that engages someone in the long term. Whereas with popular mainstream games, the main purpose is a fun and engaging game.
Who is your favourite Hero in Guild of Guardians, and why?
Cyrus, hands down! Have you seen his glowing sword?! If you’ve been able to play the game too, Cyrus has fast attacks with nice area damage, which makes the game more fast-paced (great for my ADHD brain, haha).
Before we finish, are there any final words?
Final words would be that everyone who is a part of the GOG community right now is potentially the early adopter of a game that can be part of the catalysts that leads to mainstream cryptocurrency adoption. The game will be fun and engaging, but the impact it could have can be massive. This is a super exciting time to be a part of GOG, I can’t wait to see what’s next!
How can we connect with you?
If you haven’t yet, make a TikTok account and check out the Guild of Guardians Tik Tok. I love seeing more GOG profile pictures on the platform.
Otherwise, I am also on Discord Tomz#7888. If you tag me on the GoG discord, I’m always lurking :)
We hope you enjoyed getting to know our TikTok King, Tom Ngo. Stay tuned for the next edition to learn more about the people behind the game, Guild of Guardians.
Until next time.