Talking Esports is a free book about how to become a pro gaming caster


Have you ever dreamed of being an esports broadcaster? Are you curious about what goes into the work behind the scenes? Whatever your interest, a new book entitled Talking Esports: A Guide to Becoming a World-Class Esports Broadcaster may offer the insights you need to become the Mean Gene Okerlund of the digital age.

Talking Esports was written by Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner, a professional gamer who became involved in broadcasting in 2002. He's a long-time competitor in the World Cyber Games and ESL, and joined ESL TV on a full-time basis in 2013.

"The book covers almost every aspect of esports broadcasting whether you want to be a home broadcaster, a professional caster at live events or even a show host," the description at states. Topics include a brief history of online broadcasting, but the focus is clearly on more practical matters, like "Handling Criticism," "Dress Code," "Saving Your Voice (AKA Avoiding a sore throat)," "Breaking Into the Scene," and how to handle interviews and "throws"—transitions to other segments of a program.

"Hopefully there is something for everyone that wants to work as a broadcaster in esports," the site says, and in this case, "hopefully" is good enough to give to give it a shot, because it's free. Donations are welcome, but the preferred option for most people will likely be "pay with a tweet," which provides full access simply for tweeting about it. So if talking excitedly about esports are your thing, why not give it a shot? Fame and fortune (absolutely not guaranteed) awaits!

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.