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Episode 21: Paola “Pancake Pow” Alejandra, esports host and streamer

August 7th, 2019

Frankie catches up with host Paola Alejandra over lavender-infused drinks in Santa Monica. On the menu: discussion about food, how Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico helped Paola get her start in hosting, and how to get seen for a scratched cornea in Amsterdam when you're an American abroad.

Thanks to the True Food Kitchen, Santa Monica for accomodating our request to turn off the music and being genuine good folks!

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Episode 20: Jason Lake, Founder & CEO of Complexity

June 5th, 2019

In 2002, a lawyer named Jason Lake discovered esports. The following year CompLexity Gaming was born, with its Counter-Strike 1.6 team competing in events across North America. Since its humble beginnings, the organisation has been renamed Complexity and has multiple teams across various esports including CSGO, Rocket League and Dota 2.

In this podcast, the Complexity CEO talks to Frankie Ward about the highest and lowest moments of his life in esports, how the company moved into the Dallas Cowboys' family, and its future - including the signing of future CS:GO star Obo.

Recorded at the Gamestop Performance Centre at The Star, Dallas. With thanks to Esports Stadium Arlington for their assistance in editing resources.

Follow Jason Lake on Twitter

Find out more about the Esports Stadium, Arlington

Episode 19: Becky Frost, Events Administrator, Special Effect

May 15th, 2019

Frankie Ward chats to Special Effect's Becky Frost about discovering the gamers' charity, her own gaming habits and how you can get involved in fundraising to help gamers with disabilities get back into playing.

Episode 18: Sam “Tech Girl” Wright, esports host

April 3rd, 2019

Sam "Tech Girl" Wright speaks to Frankie Ward about her move into esports hosting and how she ended up manning the Overwatch Contenders EU desk for three seasons. The pair also discuss Sam's childhood as a gamer in South Africa, including her brother's addiction to World of Warcraft, and how veganism is taking the nation by storm.

Follow Sam on Twitter and discover her blog on the Tech Girl website


Episode 17: Freya Spiers, stage host and interviewer

March 20th, 2019

Freya Spiers made a huge impact on the international CS:GO scene in 2018 with her work as an interviewer and stage host on ECS Seasons 5 & 6 and the FaceIt London Major. She talks to Frankie Ward about growing up with a gamer for a father, getting started and taking the opportunity presented by FaceIt and running with it.

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Episode 16: Lottie Van-Praag, esports host

March 7th, 2019

Esports host Lottie Van-Praag is recognisable for her work as in-house talent for Gfinity and hosting the desk for Halo events around the world. She talks to Frankie about how a chance encounter changed her life and career, and reveals a big move for 2019.

Recorded at the Novotel Centrum Katowice during IEM 2019.

Follow Lottie on Twitter, and Instagram.

Episode 15: Leigh “Deman” Smith, caster

January 17th, 2019

In the first episode of 2019, Frankie talks to one of the esports industry's most familiar voices, Leigh "Deman" Smith, who has been part of esports since before there was money in its metaphorical banana stand. Now a PUBG commentator, Frankie investigates Leigh's beginnings, and where he thinks we'll see esports go in the future.

Leigh on Twitter - @FollowDeman

Frankie on Twitter - @getfrank

Episode 14: James Bardolph, CS:GO caster and FaceIt Media Creative Director

December 19th, 2018

Frankie Ward catches up with FaceIt Media's Creative Director James Bardolph. In a chat that covers explosions, the London commericial property market and uncomfortable coach trips to Paris, the CS:GO caster reveals the incredible hustle that saw him cast the finals of both of 2018s CS:GO Majors, alongside long-time casting partner Daniel "DDK" Kapadia.

Catch up with James on Twitter - @jamesbardolph

Episode 13: Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez - caster & host

December 4th, 2018

Frankie Ward chats to one of esports' most in-demand hosts and casters, Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez. Initially starting out with his sights on being a pro player, Alex talks about the event that set him on his path as a caster, and his future role on primetime NBC entertainment show The Titan Games, alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Follow Alex on Twitter, Twitch, and YouTube.

Follow Frankie on Twitter, Twitch and Instagram.

Episode 12: Saira Mueller, Managing Editor of Dot Esports

November 22nd, 2018

Frankie Ward talks to Saira Mueller, Managing Editor of news website Dot Esports about how she made the move into Esports, why she set up the Women of Esports Discord, and whether the industry is on the right track towards becoming more diverse.