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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.

Follow Freya on Twitter

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.

Episode 11: James Banks, esports host

October 16th, 2018

Esports host and former Counter-Strike 1.6 pro player James Banks chats to Frankie Ward about getting his break in esports, and his move into being on camera. 

Follow James on Twitter at @BanKsEsports

Episode 10: HenryG, CS:GO caster

September 19th, 2018

[CONTAINS SOME STRONG LANGUAGE] CS:GO caster HenryG is one of the best-known faces in esports. A regular fixture at events by ESL, PGL and FaceIt, and having casted several Majors, the Londoner is clearly at the top of his game. But he didn't always feel like he fit in, as he tells Frankie Ward, in a conversation about being a pro player, life-changing moments and the music of Morrisey...

Episode nine: Jason Kaplan, esports shoutcaster

September 12th, 2018

Frankie squabbles with freelance caster Jason Kaplan, who orginally left his native USA for the German city of Cologne to work full-time for ESL. Starting out as a League of Legends caster, Jason has casted a multitude of games and is currently one of the faces of the Quake Champions esports circuit and the VR Challenger series.