This past November I officially contracted with Razer as a consultant for their initiatives with the fighting game community & for their fighting game related products. Razer is global brand that leads by example with their design, innovation and constant evolution of the gaming experience. For gamers, by gamers. I couldn’t be happier to join such a great team as we venture to helping grow the fighting game genre to the next level. Razer’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan and I originally talked about the fighting game community at E3 2016 in passing by. It was a great conversation that had an impact on me. His understanding of the balance between business & community really showed me that he had a deep appreciation for the game & everything that comes with it. Shortly after the announcement of teaming up with Razer, we announced the Razer Panthera for PlayStation 4. For more information on Razer’s new PS4 arcade stick head to: rzr.to/panthera
I forgot to mention here! As of last month, I am now officially contracted to work with Bandai Namco Entertainment as the Brand and Community Advisor for TEKKEN. If you didn’t know. I love the TEKKEN brand and series of games. Looking forward to doing a lot more with TEKKEN across the globe!
This isn’t my full time gig, but just another thing I’ll be taking care of as I evolve to my final form. ^_^
I’ll be taking TEKKEN 7: FATED RETRIBUTION with me to various events across North America. Next one? NORTHWEST MAJORS taking place near Seattle, WA next weekend! See you there!
I saw that the news is out there. I wanted to thank everyone I’ve worked with at Mad Catz over the last 8 years.
As you probably have heard. Mad Catz has been restructuring and the company work force has been affected by layoffs. I was laid off last week as a result of this. I have nothing but deep love and admiration for Mad Catz. MCZ is a company that believed in me and a community that I love. Even though everyone knew I was planning on leaving, they decided to take care of me and let me go, which I am very grateful for. Thank you Mad Catz.
We grew that brand to be something amazing. I’ll always cherish the memories, knowledge, friendships and connections we’ve shared. I wish Mad Catz nothing but the best in the future.
I’ll still be around gaming. I’ll still be involved with the fighting game community. What’s next? You’ll find out soon. Thanks everyone for the love and support over the past few years.
Much LOVE and RESPECT,
Mark ‘MarkMan’ Julio
The good folks at Bandai Namco Ent. uploaded a recap video from EVO 2015! Are you excited for more TEKKEN 7?
This is probably going to be my last EVO with Mad Catz. No, nothing is wrong with me or MCZ (in fact, I think the company is in the best position it’s been in a long time). I just want to shift my life focus. After I complete the Street Fighter V range of products and help launch them to market, I will be taking a seat back from gaming and focusing on other passions. More importantly, my daughter is going to be starting high school later this year and I’m going to focus on being a better father — a full time one for her. I won’t be leaving the FGC, so you’ll still see me around. That being said. Let’s make this EVO (and next year) an amazing one.
Mark “MarkMan” Julio
P.S. – I’m a die hard Mad Catz fan and supporter. I will do my best work ever until my time comes. *salute*
Life is a lot busier than I thought it would be at this time of year. Mostly in good ways. I haven’t been able to post here often but I’ve been at it on twitter and instagram. I have until mid-next week to have some “me” time so I’ll definitely be catching up with this site and everything I love until I’m off and around the world again. Keep following. I promise I’ll have some cool stuff for you.
My friend VampyBitMe challenged me to list/write about my favorite female manga & anime characters the other day. I thought long and hard about it and was surprised at how difficult it was for me to come up with a top ten. I couldn’t settle on just ten, actually I easily had 20-30 characters in mind, but I thought it was important to list the ones that really stuck out for me. In no specific order, check out my picks for best anime & manga gals! Click below for the full list…
I don’t know what it is lately… I used to dread time passing by. The feeling of getting older and life going on. Recently though I’ve been feeling extremely happy and content with life as it happens. It is with great pleasure and thanks to my friends & those around me, that I am feeling as good as I am now.
There’s no real point to this post other than a small update showing that life is good and there is always something to look forward to. Keep happy an avoid situations and people that just suck your life dry. Take care everyone!
I had a blast at this year’s Comic-Con International. I took the entire work week off from my Mad Catz duties and decided to focus on having a good con. It was a good move on my end as usually my July month is filled with stress and planning for a number of events and shows. We just got back from EVO 2014 a few weeks ago so going into Comic-Con I was a bit excited just to see some friends that I only usually see/hang out with once a year.
This year I hosted another panel for Bandai Namco Games. Working closely with the TEKKEN Project Team and big boss Katsuhiro Harada is always an honor… This year was focused entirely on their upcoming free-to-play PC title, Rise of Incarnates and the forthcoming TEKKEN 7. Here is a link to the panel, just in case you missed it!
Other than the above responsibilities… My Comic-Con is just pure enjoyment now. I don’t care about the panels, the exclusives or any of that as much as I care about pleasing my team, loved ones and those I care about more. Thanks for letting happy flow, Comic-Con!
Don’t let this post make you think I’ve lost my geeky touch though. I can get shit done at Comic-Con like no other! Until next year! 😀