Meet Seb and Nick Harrison: The Founders of OzGuild
With over twenty million players, ‘Magic: The Gathering’, is an international community and gaming phenomenon. Seb Harrison was one such player, who, like the majority of Magic players had more cards than he could count, making it difficult to even remember which cards he possessed to play. A database that catalogued your decks was needed, but one that didn’t require manual entry and take days to complete. Recruiting brother Nick, a software engineering student at the ANU, the two of them started forming a solution.
Moving from a Magic-card-covered bedroom, Nick and Seb hooked into the ANUSA Start program in late 2014. This allowed them to workshop their idea and start to develop what we know today as OzGuild. Although they diverged, altered, and changed the original proposal more than once, their persistence paid off and at the end of January 2015 they won the Innovation ACT Program and were introduced to Entry29.
From the start OzGuild had the connections and the space to thrive. Working right next door to the Griffin Accelerator team, OzGuild joined the second round of Griffin. The three-month intensive program was the extra boost the brothers needed and by the end of December 2015, they had secured an investment, had a team of four paid employees and an ever growing following under their belts.
Still based at Entry29, the OzGuild team now takes up the whole back end of the space. Kitted out with bean bags and near-constant ‘T2’ supply, the brothers want to continue to be a part of the growing Canberra Start-up Community. “There are way more companies now than when we started and way more connections with investors and innovators being in this space”.
The past two-and-a-half years have been non-stop for Seb and Nick and they have no intentions of slowing down. The current ‘game’ plan is to use the OzGuild image-recognition and cataloguing software to establish a system for both merchants and players to develop a network for card trading. “Once the cards are catalogued, you have a product database from which you can sell”. With the most valuable card selling for $40,000, and the majority trade for around ten cents per card, there is huge potential for a system like this.
“Canberra is an exciting city to start a company in and there is a huge following of board gamers here that we can chat with and get feedback form”. The OzGuild team is here to stay and you can bet your next Magic Tournament that the OzGuild brand becomes the go-to network for all Magic players.