FVPAA Player Spotlight: Streets1014, A Driving Force Behind The Evolution of the Competitive Pro Clubs Community

In 1993, the first ever FIFA video game was released on multiple platforms. It was called FIFA International Soccer, subsequently known as FIFA 94. Since the release of FIFA 94, the game and the people who play them have grown so much. Today, the FIFA gaming franchise remains one of the most popular games in the world. There are people in today’s world that play FIFA for a living. Streaming and tournaments make this a possibility. This article is not here to talk about the history of FIFA, yet the history of one of FIFA’s forgotten game modes and a player that has been there from the start and helped it flourish into the community is has today. If you haven’t heard of Streets1014, buckle up.


 

The First Time I Crossed Streets1014 on FIFA

In the closing months of the year 2007, I was blessed to be able to finally get a chance to experience Xbox live. For years, I played my games offline and with friends. I was the best FIFA player in my neighborhood and never lost. This resulted in many of my friends to stop playing me in FIFA. I have always been a type of gamer that enjoy multiplayer games and playing with others instead of single player games. I joined the Xbox live community at a great time for FIFA players at a great time as FIFA 08 was just released and for the first time ever, a 5v5 game mode was available. I played FIFA Team-Up every day when I came home from school with 4 other guys that I had come across. The first guy that I ever played a game with was named Drunk Kevin. He added me to his team of much older gamers and gave me my first taste of competitive FIFA team-up when we joined the website, GameBattles. On GameBattles, teams would be created with their rosters and matchup against other teams and compete for points to climb the “ladder” ranking system. Our team started late for the Spring Season but started climbing to the front page which consisted of the top 25 teams. Sitting at the number 1 spot was NY United, a team consisting of many familiar names like Streets1014, KillaCamDaDank, and Tello. One night of playing GameBattles, my team matched up against NY United for the first time and let’s just say it was not pretty. Brazil vs Germany in the 2014 World Cup was a closer match. We proceeded to match up with them a couple times a month. My team never won a game, but we did get 1 draw so there’s that. I saw 5 FIFA players that were the best around and it inspired me to become a much better player in the FIFA team-up game mode. Little did I know, the following year changed FIFA team-up forever.


 

The Birth of the Pro Clubs Game Mode

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The following year FIFA 09 was released and the game mode “Pro Clubs” was created. Pro Clubs featured 10v10 gameplay where teams competed for points to climb the leaderboards for their respective region. In the North America leaderboard, NY United, later named Shets N Gigs, was a staple at the top of the leaderboards. Headed by Streets1014, those teams became my personal rival and my “team to beat” every month. In the following years, 11v11 was added to the pro clubs game mode which changed the landscape of the game. Virtual goalkeepers changed how teams had to score the ball completely. One of the earliest adapters to that change was none other than Streets1014. He coached his team to always make the extra pass in front of the opposing goal as well as freezing goalkeepers with skill moves. He was a pioneer in the new age of scoring goals in pro clubs and would have to mold many future players like myself to similar styles.


 

ACL Season 2 and the Creation of VIFA

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FIFA 12 was a game-changing year for the FIFA pro clubs community. I was never told what had happened with ACL season 1, but ACL season 2 was the very first competitive pro clubs season I was taking part of since GameBattles. It featured the best clubs from all of North America competing in an 11v11 competition to determine the best team in North America. I was playing for Dumptruck FC at the time which was led by o Itz Dirty o, now known as just Dirty. On the website for the league, Dirty was talking a lot of trash and beefing with the owner of Shets N Gigs. Of course, that man was Streets. It created another rivalry with a Streets1014 led team for me after I had gone a couple FIFA’s without seeing his team much. The two games that we played against Shets N Gigs were not pretty. We lost both games handily and helped Shets N Gigs build their first place lead over any other team in the league. ACL season 2 was shut down at around the halfway point, for a reason that I am still unclear about to this day. Street’s team was way ahead of anybody else and by default were the champions. With the collapse of the ACL’s second season, another website rose up, it was LeagueAreana. It specialized in NHL leagues but introduced a FIFA league that allowed owners to build their teams through drafting and bidding. This is the first time I was able to play with Streets as I was drafted to the same team as he was, VIFA Everton. Streets led our team to a convincing title in the second season of VIFA and he was a polarizing player/manager in the league for its entire existence. Streets brought an edge to the FIFA community and was not afraid to engage in any argument. Streets became a well-known player in the FIFA pro clubs community, but also led to him being one of the most hated ones. His voice was heard and led to many changes in the VIFA community as well as many disagreements. His next move for the pro clubs community was a huge one.


 

The Reintroduction of the FVPAA site and the ACL

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When the FIFA community decided that LeagueArena was not the website for them, a revolt took place. Many big names spearheaded a mass exodus from LeagueArena to FVPAA.com. FVPAA was a site totally dedicated to FIFA pro clubs and fielded the most talented players and teams from North America. Streets played a large part in recruiting players and teams over to FVPAA and making it a very competitive scene. Much like the forums of LeagueAreana, Streets was a daily visitor on the FVPAA forums before the VPN, the Facebook Group for the FVPAA players, was created. He has also continuously looked for ways to improve the league.  Streets was probably the first guy to start bringing over European talent to compete with players from North America as well. Streets had many connections with British players from past years and started fielding foreign players as early as ACL season 2. Streets has been one of the most well-connected players in the history of competitive pro clubs and for good reason. He was at the top of the NA talent pool from the start of FIFA 08 when team-up was introduced. He remained there with his ability to adapt to the changes of the FIFA games, adapting to changes in his team’s playstyle, and his ability to mold players into better players. Streets was not only a driving force in every league he was in, he always led a team to the top or near the top of the standings every season he managed. He has won several ACL titles to go along with his AVL and VIFA success. Streets didn’t only manage ACL teams either, he also captained the national team for the United States for multiple years. Streets has always had a gauge for talent in the pro clubs community and still has one of the most respected opinions in the VPN. Streets is credited for finding loads of talent that make up the FVPAA community to this day. The growth of FVPAA and the pro clubs community would not be as big as it is today if not for certain individuals like Streets.


The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Streets1014

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For all the years Streets has dedicated to the competitive pro clubs scene, his image has never been seen. A photo of Streets is sought after by some individuals, but they have had as much success as those chasing bigfoot and the loch ness monster. The community has speculated at Streets’ appearance, but the best we have come up with is Robocop. I’m here to resolve the issue, that Streets is not a robot. Then again, we have no confirmation on that. Whether we like or dislike Streets, we should respect him. He helped shape the FVPAA community that exists today as well as the leagues we played in before this fine league was revived. Streets may not be the most dominant CAM in North America anymore, but his legacy should have him etched into the Mount Rushmore of FIFA pro clubs. One of his first gamer-tags was og Streets, which fits him perfectly since he was an OG in FIFA pro clubs. One of best to ever do it in the game mode that many people spend so much time on and try to reach the top, where Streets always called home. #GameRecognizeGame

By: Jeff “Gravy” Miskin

Twitter: @BigBadGravy

2 Comments

  1. Post By Mike kinol

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