For football fans, sports commentator are quite popular such as the likes of John Madden who used to be National Football League’s player. After playing, he went to coaching and then proceeded to be a sports commentator which turned out to be his longest career. For people who are familiar with game reviews in e-sports, they might have heard of Marcus Graham who is currently one of the voices during tournaments. Looking at John Madden’s and Graham’s career, one would be able to see similarities.
Marcus Graham’s pseudonym in the e-sports world is dj Wheat. He is a commentator in Star Craft II matches and he is also the voice behind Live On Three which features e-sports. Many are wondering how he ended up with this type of career since he seemed to be older than those who are playing. What many do not realize is that he has been in the business long before e-sports became a global phenomenon.
Graham shared how before game broadcasting became a thing, he was also a player. He used to participate in competitive gaming even before the term e-sports was tagged to the industry. He is one of the team members playing for North American Quake II. In fact, he was Clan 519’s leader and because of the competitions he was able to travel as well as join in LAN parties in order to get cash prizes.
In his early twenties, he decided to get a stable job despite the fact that he loves video gaming and winning cash prizes. He got to realize that aside from doing what he loves, he must get a stable job. It was then that he was employed by a tech company. Despite having a full time job, he still plays whenever he has free time.
As he was not able to play much, he became a coach to players shouting out smart moves and techniques they should try. His way of commentating attracted players and watches thus they encouraged him to do the same thing as in real sports – commentate. From then on, he skipped game reviews and went on to impromptu commenting of as players’ battle.