In the world of competitive gaming, many genres are represented, from shooting games, to MOBAs, to fighting games, and more. One such competitive event is The Evolution Championship Series, or EVO, which focuses solely on the fighting game genre. This tourney features several major fighting games such as Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Tekken, and Killer Instinct, just to name a few. This is usually a very exciting event, and extremely competitive, and this year promises to be just as fantastic, if not more.
This year’s event registration saw the entry into the fray of one of Nintendo of America’s key figures, Mr. Bill Trinen! Bill Trinen is the Senior Product Marketing Manager at Nintendo of America. He has been with the company since October 1998 and is an integral part of the Nintendo Treehouse, NOA’s in-house localization department. Bill studied Japanese in high school and college, where he majored in Japanese and minored in business. He also lived for a year in Tokyo, Japan studying translation along with other business-related subjects. When he returned to Seattle, WA he found himself answering a position listing for a translation contracting job with a software company, but initially believed he did not get the job because he had not heard back from the employer.
Shortly there after, Bill did hear back from someone within the company who informed him that they did not want him for that contracting job, but instead wanted to hire him outright at Nintendo. He started out working on translating in the debugging area for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64, eventually moving into localization. Somewhere along the way he was recruited to translate for one of the company executives who would be giving a keynote speech at the coming Game Developers Conference (GDC). The executive he would be translating for was none other than Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto. The rest, as they say, is history.
Within the secretive walls of the Nintendo Treehouse, in Redmond, WA, Bill is known as a pretty formidable Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player among the staff. Now, Bill is putting his skills to the test on one of the biggest stages, against the best of the best competitors. It was exciting news to hear that Bill entered the tournament, and there was even question as to the validity of the registration. That question was quickly answered as it was verified by Bill Trinen, himself, that he had registered for the tournament.
It will be very interesting to see how things go for Bill, and all the other competitors, as well. Have you ever tuned in to watch Evo? Will you be watching this year? How do you think Bill will fare?
As always, gaming is all about having fun, so keep on gaming!