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Great Britain hleung
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11 Feb 2020, 17:44

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Happy 5th Anniversary of ESOC!

Hi again everyone!

On 11 February 2015, ESOC was founded by just a relatively small group of dedicated players from the Age of Empires 3 community. Amongst them, no one could tell how successful it was going to be or for how long it was going to hold together as a community. Real-time strategy as a genre has definitely seen much better days than it does now, and fifteen years for a game is quite a long time, but that has not hindered the growth of our community.

Over the last five years, we have seen a healthy increase in forum activities, tournament figures and even interactions between people from ESOC. As of now, the community has housed over ten-thousand registered members. If we exclude the debates taken place in every iteration of ESOC patch, tournaments, other user-created contents and numerous FTJ and key error threads, there are well over five-thousand topics of discussion solely on the game itself, and another thousand in the active off-topic sections. Over fifty tournaments have been put together, organised and/or hosted by our community. From Chicago in 2017 to Manchester in 2019, three official meetups have taken place – and the last one was extraordinary to say the least, and I still regret not being able to be part of it. These numbers might not look too big if we compare them with some modern titles with huge fanbase; but if we had a time machine and travelled back in time to spoil all these achievements and milestones, we might be called liars and got thrown into the darkest corner of a dungeon.

It has been quite a long and amazing journey for the community to come to this point and celebrate our fifth anniversary with the ongoing Winter Championship. We have weathered through various storms and episodes of drama. Sometimes we reach agreements to disagree on some controversial and sensitive topics. Starting off as a very simple template with basic features and functionalities of a game forum, our community website has seen vast improvements thanks to dedicated members of staff and user feedback from everyone. ESOC tournaments would not have been as successful as it has been without our community patch, maps and various tools like the observer UI. All of which is a very long-winded way of me saying,

“Thank you everyone for being part of this amazing journey. Congratulations, and I hope we as a community will continue to stand together and thrive for many years to come.”

As part of the celebration, a birthday stream has been scheduled to start at 8.30pm GMT TODAY on ESOCTV. Make sure to tune in and join us for the celebration of this big event!

Happy birthday, ESOC (and Mitoe)!

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No Flag iNcog
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11 Feb 2020, 17:49

Love the banner update!
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Netherlands edeholland
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11 Feb 2020, 17:50

iNcog wrote:Love the banner update!
I love this community.
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Great Britain Riotcoke
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11 Feb 2020, 17:52

Happy Birthday Mitoe!
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Italy Mosx
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11 Feb 2020, 17:56

Happy B
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Tuvalu gibson
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11 Feb 2020, 18:01

On this day we are thankful for @stanleywinston , for without him we are nothing
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11 Feb 2020, 18:02

Happy 5th anniversary!
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India Challenger_Marco
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11 Feb 2020, 18:07

Happy birthday ESO-C!
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Bavaria j_t_kirk
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11 Feb 2020, 18:08

I didn't know that @Mitoe and ESOC share their birthday. Happy Birthday, both of you. :flowers:
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11 Feb 2020, 19:51

a sinking ship since 5 years. but still holding up. lets go @Mitoe ur not lost yet. happy birthday!
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11 Feb 2020, 20:11

Happy birthday ESOC!

Are there really only around a thousand threads in off topic? That seems low
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Brazil t3rror1sta
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11 Feb 2020, 20:18

more 10 years to ESOC.
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11 Feb 2020, 20:20

You are a great bunch!! Happy birthday ESO-C!!!!!
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Seychelles SirCallen
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11 Feb 2020, 20:58

ESOC was founded and largely sustained by Mac GR players just let that sink in for a moment.
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11 Feb 2020, 22:07

Just let it sink in that for 5 years you guys have been celebrating the wrong date :(!

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11 Feb 2020, 22:36

stanleywinston wrote:Just let it sink in that for 5 years you guys have been celebrating the wrong date :(!

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Oh.
So ESOC has two Birthdays now.
Happy Birthday ESOC!

And Happy Birthday Mitoe, of course. (365 Birthdays a year - superior in every way!)
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11 Feb 2020, 22:40

raptiformica wrote:
stanleywinston wrote:Just let it sink in that for 5 years you guys have been celebrating the wrong date :(!

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Oh.
So ESOC has two Birthdays now.
Happy Birthday ESOC!

And Happy Birthday Mitoe, of course. (365 Birthdays a year - superior in every way!)


366, it's a leap year
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11 Feb 2020, 22:41

I love this community so much. You all have changed my life for the better in so many ways and have helped me grow and be a better person. I met the love my life here, met some of you in Chicago, Amsterdam, and Manchester, and feel so grateful for the friendships that you all have given me. Thank you.
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No Flag iNcog
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11 Feb 2020, 22:45

Heart = mush
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China abadontea
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12 Feb 2020, 11:37

Happy birthday,ESOC are all players who love age of empires 3,Many thanks to ESOC for its contribution to age of empires 3 in the past 5 years,I also wish the forum better development,Today is a double blessing,hahahahaha
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Uzbekistan Timurid
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13 Feb 2020, 02:25

Happy bday esoc.. i honestly watch the matchups here more than english premier league games..
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Great Britain Interjection
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13 Feb 2020, 17:45

When we started no one would have thought AoE3 would get remastered, let alone and AoE4. Let's see what the next 5 years brings!
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Seychelles SirCallen
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13 Feb 2020, 18:10

I did long stream for eso 5 yr yay
Hier bin i'.
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14 Feb 2020, 14:57

Interjection wrote:When we started no one would have thought AoE3 would get remastered, let alone and AoE4. Let's see what the next 5 years brings!



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