Ricky is an Oklahoma native who started hosting video game tournaments in his parent’s garage as a young teenager. He and his friends would compete in some of the more popular games at the time such as Mortal Kombat, NBA Live, Madden, and Street Fighter to name a few. After a while, his parents began to notice an increase in the electricity bill so he implemented a fee of anywhere from $1-$5 to participate. Not only did this make Ricky’s addiction to competitive gaming easier to fund, it also made his parents happier.

Years later, Ricky enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his enlistment, he spent a tour in Seoul Korea. In his downtime he began to study the art of gaming and learning new strategies on how to properly run gaming tournaments. Then he started putting his research to the test and hosted gaming tournaments on base. Each gaming tournament had a sellout crowd of over 300 participants! After his tour in Korea, Ricky was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma (his hometown). He began to notice that there wasn’t much participation in the gaming world on base or throughout the state. Sure, there were massive lines for video game releases such as Madden, NCAA Football, and Halo but no events for them. It was then that HXC Gaming was born! In the beginning, HXC Gaming began running promotional events with the hopes of opening a gaming center. After a few test runs, it was shown to be more cost- effective to host mobile gaming tournaments. 11 years later, HXC Gaming has continued to be fully operational and will continue to offer gaming events. We are fully dedicated to growing, helping, and expanding our reach to the Esports community.

our squad

Ricky McNeal

Ricky McNeal is a competitive gamer who founded HXC Gaming due to his love for Mortal Kombat while in middle school. Ricky believes that video games are the best way to escape from anything negative while helping with social skills and critical thinking. In addition to managing HXC Gaming, he runs esports programs for high schools and other organizations helping gamers grow professionally. He helped start Super Bit Wars which is now the largest esports tournament in Oklahoma. Ricky holds a BA in Business along with Masters in Information Technology. He is a huge fan of football, basketball, technology, and Marvel movies.

Matthew Kerekes

Born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Matthew Kerekes found his love for video games at an early age with the release of the original NES. He got his love for fighting games after playing Street Fighter II Turbo at the local arcade and card shops in the early 90’s. His first experience with the FGC was at B3 Battle by the Bay at Golfland in Sunnyvale, CA when it was the best of the best competing in SF2 Turbo and SFA2, instantly hooked to the scene. Matthew goes by Phattboi and is also a content creator on Twitch and YouTube focusing on MMOs, RPGs and Live Lego Builds. Matthew’s favorite titles include Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Tekken. Matthew is an avid Lego builder and a huge Star Wars fan.

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