My name is Omid Farivar.

I work as a UX Researcher at Facebook. I’m extremely passionate about Facebook’s mission — making the world a more open and connected place. I’ve been at Facebook since May of 2014 and work on Videos. I’ve had a ton of impact on product here and live for seeing my insights manifest into new amazing features we release year after year.

I love games of all kinds, especially video games. Current favorites include: like all the new Switch games, PUBG, Lone Echo on the Oculus Rift + Touch.

I love esports in particular, which is essentially “being a pro gamer”. The “pro” part means kids are getting sponsored by companies, salaries, etc. I love esports so much I did a Nerd Nite SF talk on it in February 2014.

I’m a lifelong pro-gamer myself, having achieved a top 5 worldwide ranking in a game called In the Groove, an off-shoot of the popular series, Dance Dance Revolution. I stopped playing between 2009-2016, but have started again in the past few years, back on DDR. I also own the newest dance game, made by a subset of the ITG team, called StepManiaX. I’m currently the best SMX player in the world and create content on Facebook that you can find here.

Lastly, but perhaps mostly importantly, I have an adorable cat named Luna. Lots of cat owners will say their cats are the best, but mine is actually the best.