Esports Shoutcaster

Shoutcasters are the voices of esports, commentating on tournament games at real-world events and online. 

As in traditional sports commentating, your role is to inform and to entertain without getting in the way of the action. You might be a ‘play-by-play’ caster who describes what’s happening in the moment, or a ‘colour’ caster who adds extra insight around the bigger moments.

There are no set routes into this job, but it’s very competitive. Many shoutcasters learn their craft and make names for themselves by creating their own content, often as part of a duo.

Also referred to as:

Commentator, Host

You’ll love this role if you’re into:
  • Telling Stories
  • Performing
  • Social Media

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Some, but not all Esports Shoutcasters have a degree in media or drama. Most importantly, you should be someone that can think on their feet, loves to entertain and possesses understanding and passion for the sport.  

As a professional, you’ll be keeping the audiences of Esport games informed and engaged by providing running commentary throughout the match. Great game knowledge and charisma will help you build a good reputation and a loyal following on your chosen platform for example YouTube or Twitch. Most Shoutcasters create their own content to build valuable work experience.

Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your portfolio (a collection of your best work) and or CV stands out to employers and course leaders.

As an Esports Shoutcaster your body of work should showcase your style and personality. You should include your best work that demonstrates your ability to be articulate, insightful and entertaining. For more general ideas on developing your portfolio, see our top tips page.

Whatever role you are working in, it is essential that you understand the game making process. You can head to our build a game section for first steps; join a regular game jam to build up your skills & network; or start modding others games to gain experience. 

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