Hey all, this is a post I knew I’d have to write at some point, but I never knew when. Well, now is that time. This post will probably be overly long and maybe most of you don’t care about this as much as I do, but I’m a sentimental guy, so here it goes.
DIMER is officially shutting down after nearly three years of NBA 2K League coverage. Josiah and I want to thank everyone for following along for the past three seasons (though it feels much longer than that admittedly). The support we received from the community was tremendous and something I was always personally grateful for, from anyone who just read our articles to those who would come up to us at drafts and Finals and tell us they were fans of our work. Not everyone was a fan of us in the end, but the vast majority I believe appreciated what we did, and I’m thankful for that.
We’re shutting down for a number of reasons, though I won’t go into all of them. There are personal, professional and logistical issues that have grown as time has gone on, but I think there is one big reason why we’re stopping. I wasn’t sure what the goal of DIMER was when I launched it in December 2017, one day before the league unveiled its logo, and to be honest I’m not sure a goal ever solidified. But I can say this: Josiah has a league job, Len has a league job, I have something on my resume and the work itself was rewarding. I consider that mission accomplished, and a good place to stop.
It’d be too much to list everything in this post, but if you’re interested in other reasons this happened, I explain a bit more in a podcast that will be posted in the near future.
In the end, DIMER established itself as a legitimate news source for people interested in the NBA 2K League. That’s valuable in and of itself, and I was always proud of the recognition we received from the community and beyond. We’ve been referenced in The Athletic, ESPN and Cheddar, just to name a few big names. Editorial integrity was always at the forefront of our concerns for DIMER, and I hope that was appreciated by players, teams and other competitors in the esports scene alike. I think we made an impact both in esports as a whole and in the community, and that’s something to hang our hat on.
There are a ton of people to thank. Everyone who’s written a single article for us: Ricco, Josiah, Len, Thomas, Fox, Kris, Derek, Austin, Boneman, Rux, Jim, JDillon, Justin Jacobson, Landis. If I’m forgetting anyone let me know.
Special thanks to Ricco, who I cold messaged as a literal nobody in this community almost three years ago asking if he wanted to write some content for a website that didn’t exist yet but he still said yes. Also thank you to my guy Mootyy, who offered to retweet DIMER into the 2K community when it first started. There are plenty of other people to thank who helped along the way but we’d be here all day. Please know that I know who you are and appreciate you. I honestly do not forget all the contributions anyone has made to DIMER.
I especially want to thank Fox and Kris who provided this site with constant content throughout this season. These two guys are good at what they do and hungry for more. If you’re a team or content organization interested in bringing someone on, please contact me and I will be happy to tell you all about the work these two have done this summer and why they’d be a good fit for you. They deserve a shot.
And of course I need to dedicate some space to my boys Josiah and Len. I legitimately loved working with these guys throughout season two. I could write an entire article on Josiah alone, but he is one of the smartest and most hard-working people I know, and I would bet everything on him to succeed at literally anything he sets his mind to. No one else could come into this community with no reputation or connections and become a source of original reporting like he was Woj as quickly as he did, and I hope everyone recognizes how insane that is.
As for Len, the moment Josiah and I read his DIMER application we knew he was our guy. Passionate, willing to put in the work and most importantly incredibly smart when it comes to this 2K stuff. He’s a rare breed in this community and went from an undrafted player to running the 2K team of a legitimate esports organization.
And again, thank you to everyone reading this. I’ll probably keep the website up just as a historical archive of sorts, and because I can’t bring myself to take it down yet. I’ll still be around in the community, and this may not be the last 2K League content I do, because what else am I going to do with all this league knowledge in my head? Either way, it’s been a hell of a ride. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.
Will Beverina, Chief Editor, DIMER