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New Esports Casters: Are They Game-Changing or Game-Breaking?

Following a packed summer period of esports tournaments, a debate opened up regarding the nature of modern-day esports casters. In particular, the discussions targeted so-called ‘hypecasters’ and their seemingly incessant desire to over-hype any situation, no matter how mundane, just to earn a few seconds in the social media spotlight. For years – over a decade, in fact – esports casters have been under scrutiny by the community at large.

Firstly, it’s important to stress that it isn’t just ‘over-hyped’ hypecasters that seem to be causing a problem here. For years, the esports community has taken an issue with casters straying from their lane. There are a few different ‘types’ of caster, such as analytical, play-by-play (PbP), and then the loud, brash hypecasters. Should a run-of-the-mill play-by-play caster act like they ‘know it all’, stepping into the analytical role, it can sometimes be taken in a negative light.

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