11 episodes

The Voice of Esports highlights the pioneers of one of today’s hottest lifestyle categories as legendary esports industry expert, commentator and host Paul “Redeye” Chaloner entices legends of esports to lift the lid on what’s gone before, and what’s to come. Featured shows will include appearances from the fiercest competitors, luminaries of the scene and those behind it, world champions, on screen talent and those tastemakers who push this exciting industry forward. This show is designed to provide in-depth insights on those who are driving the global esports industry.” Brought to you by Subnation – The Culture of Gaming.

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The Voice of Esports highlights the pioneers of one of today’s hottest lifestyle categories as legendary esports industry expert, commentator and host Paul “Redeye” Chaloner entices legends of esports to lift the lid on what’s gone before, and what’s to come. Featured shows will include appearances from the fiercest competitors, luminaries of the scene and those behind it, world champions, on screen talent and those tastemakers who push this exciting industry forward. This show is designed to provide in-depth insights on those who are driving the global esports industry.” Brought to you by Subnation – The Culture of Gaming.

    Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel

    Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel

    Save the best for last they say. In terms of “best” they don’t come any better than Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. Fatal1ty is a multiple world champion across multiple games spamming Quake 3 to Painkiller. The first professional gamer to truly tap into the esports fan base. He’s had endorsements from shoes to graphics cards. He’s played on the great wall of China, appeared on 60 Minutes, earned his own cover of Time magazine. He accomplished all of this while being a ferocious competitor, some would say ruthless. He brought a new sense of commitment to professional gaming, created a mantra by which he still lives today, practice, practice, practice. It’s hard to put into words Fatal1ty’s impact on early esports, but if there is a pro gamer godfather, it is him.

    • 48 min
    Ralf Reichert

    Ralf Reichert

    When it comes to the earliest esports teams that are still around today, none have survived at the top longer than SK Gaming. Formed in 1997 by a set of gaming passionate brothers in Germany, one of which would also form, run, grow and head up ESL, one of the biggest esports tournament organizers in the world, responsible for ESL Pro League, ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters among many others. Ralf Reichert is not only one of the founders of SK and ESL but of esports itself, overseeing some of the biggest changes and the greatest growth periods of esports relatively short life span. Ralf has somehow guided ESL out of the murky waters of recession in 2008 to continue building, growing and expanding and as he’ll admit, with a touch of “right place, right time” thrown in has helped elevate esports to the brink of mainstream acceptance. But how? Let's find out.

    • 40 min
    Ryan "The Prodigal Son" Hart

    Ryan "The Prodigal Son" Hart

    The prodigal son returns. Likely the most apt description of Ryan Hart, fighting game legend, more recently esports broadcaster and always one of the truly great people in and around esports. He’s made more comebacks than any other player in history, set official world records, won hundreds (yes, hundreds) of tournaments and yet somehow, because we are terrible at recording and remembering history in esports, has almost been forgotten. Like Alex Valle, Ryan started out early in the nineties playing in the arcades and competing in some of the earliest esports tournaments, before they were even called that, but has somehow managed to remain at the top, feared and respected just the same, 20 years on.

    • 44 min
    Jonas "bsl" Alsaker Vikan

    Jonas "bsl" Alsaker Vikan

    When fans talk about the evolution of counter strike and the move to multi nationality teams, they think of it as a recent phenomenon. But that isn’t the case. Episode Seven features a man who formed his own teams, but then moved to Brazil to play the game. After getting the bug early, his competitive streak had taken over. It was a goal to join or build a team that could not only compete, but win. Yet this wasn’t fueled by some dollar induced haze, no, this was to win and win alone. Fame and fortune were not particular big bed fellows in the early days of Counter Strike, winning was all that mattered. Jonas has also had one of the most interesting journeys from Counter Strike player to announcer to working with ESL on event management. Oh and in between all of that becoming a world class, award winning journalist in his native Norway.

    • 43 min
    Michael "ODEE" O'Dell

    Michael "ODEE" O'Dell

    The timing of this podcast could not have been better (or worse depending your view point)considering one of the longest serving team owners in esports recently split from his beloved team. Team Dignitas were one of the early esports multi gaming organizations, founded through a mixture of fun and passion for Battlefield 1942 by Michael O’Dell. Michaels career and indeed his early years of video games follow a similar pattern to some of our other guests this season, including having to
    stop following real sports due to injury, a burgeoning NFL career perhaps stopped in its tracks. All this despite hailing from the shores of England rather than New England. It was just one of many obstacles Michael has had to overcome before he sold his organization to the operating group behind Crystal Palace football club and the Philadelphia 76ers. Episode Six was recorded just before the announcement of his removal from the Dignitas brand.

    • 46 min
    Michal "Carmac" Bilcharz

    Michal "Carmac" Bilcharz

    Have you ever sat in front of the TV and thought “I could do a much better job than these guys!”? Well our guest went one further and wrote a whole column on why the Intel Extreme Masters could be so much better. Rather than fight him over it, ESL hired him. Michal “Carmac” Blicharz is one of the defining characters in esports that sits behind the scenes, works his magic and comes up with stadiums full of fans cheering on their favorite teams and players. Instead of sitting back and taking credit for over a decade of working on one of the most successful esports tournaments in history, he has remained humble and still as fascinating to listen to as he was when
    he set out on his career in the early part of the new millennium. Smart, articulate and sometimes humorous, Michal has an uncanny knack of not only producing exceptional esports products, but finding the right team and the right people to deliver them. It can’t all be luck. Can it?

    • 40 min

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