Esports commentators tell the story behind gaming

Students enjoy esports gaming at grand opening.

When most people think of sports casting, they think of the play by plays, discussion of injuries, and the football field. Esports casting trades that for strategies, metas and cooldowns.


Sophomore secondary education major Ben Wilke, of Breese, Illinois, and junior chemistry major Timothy Cockrell, of St. Libory, Illinois, are two commentators for the SIUE Esports Club’s Call of Duty team who want to branch out casting to all esports and establish a commentator’s booth in Bluff’s esports arena. 


Esports commentary is much different than physical sports commentary. Wilke said the biggest differences lie in how video games use variety and technology. 


“With normal sportscasting … all the rinks are the same, essentially. With esports casting, specifically with [Call of Duty] all the maps are different … With esports as well, you can kind of choose which player you want to see through their eyes,” Wilke said.  


Because casting for esports is so different from other sports, the hosts must be different too. Cockrell said there’s usually two hosts that fill two different roles. 


“You’ve got one there for the technical knowledge, and the other one is there to help bring up the hype and bring up the comedic relief … I would call [Ben and I] half and half of each to make one whole,” Cockrell said. 


Cockrell is currently petitioning for a sport’s casters booth for the esports arena. While not yet approved, he said he wants to turn a small corner of the arena that used to be an advisor’s office into a booth where people can give commentary on esports competitions. 


“We’re going to put good equipment in there, good lighting, we’re going to have a green screen background. We’re going to try and make it something as professional as humanly possible,” Cockrell said. 


President of the Esports Club, senior computer science major Jordan Kramer, of O’Fallon, Illinois, said the room isn’t in use right now, so the club would like to add it to the arena. 


“It’s definitely one of the top things on our list right now … we’re trying to work out a deal to see if we can get that room,” Kramer said. 


Cockrell also said the booth could be a jumping off point to bring in more esports casters for different teams. 


“I want to set a standard, and this is a great way of going about that … Some of us already have casters in mind,” Cockrell said. 


You can learn more about the esports club by heading to the esports arena in Bluff Hall or by visiting their website

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