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Episode 26: Rich Campbell, esports host & WoW streamer

November 20th, 2019

Rich Campbell, the owner of the most magnificent (but divisive) moustache in esports, gives Frankie Ward a beginner's guide to World of Warcraft, explains how a chance encounter led him to a job at broadcaster MLG, and why wearing deodorant makes him a lesser gamer.

Rich assures fans the Allcraft podcast will be back soon. In the meantime, watch him on Twitch and keep up with him via Twitter and Instagram.

Episode 25: Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez, CS:GO analyst

November 6th, 2019

Frankie Ward delves into the history of Swiss CS:GO ex-pro player and analyst Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez to find out more about how he discovered Counter-Strike, his first foray into LAN tournaments and the shocking moment that changed the future of his career as a player.

Recorded at the Crowne Plaza Towers, Cophenhagen in November 2019.

Follow Maniac on Twitter - @Maniac_CSGO

Episode 24: NaToSaphiX, CS:GO pro player and content creator

October 9th, 2019

Frankie Ward chats to Danish Counter-Strike pro Niels-Christian Sillassen, aka NaToSaphix, about how he made a career from CS:GO. Originally a content creator, Sillassen made his name in pro CS in 2018 as part of the Sprout roster, before joining Heroic for a few months in 2019. Now looking for his next opportunity, the young player also discusses some of the Danish players who he has played alongside during his years of playing the game.

And also his dad, because his dad is rapidly becoming a LAN legend in his own right...

Keep up with NaToSaphiX...

Twitch: NaToSaphiX
Youtube: NaToSaphiX
Twitter: NaToSaphiX

Episode 22: Jason “Alchemist” Baker, esports producer and DNP co-founder

August 21st, 2019

Frankie chats to legendary producer and gameplay director Jason "Alchemist" Baker about his first foray into gaming, making moves in esports, how he recovered from the disappointment of early venture GotFrag going under post-acquisition, and his new studio DNP Entertainment with "work wife" Scott "Sir Scoots" Smith.

The interview was recorded in August over Discord, but the intro and outro were both recorded remotely in a hotel room in Cologne while Frankie was in the city for gamescom 2019, so apologies for a lower-than-average recording quality. (The intro is about one minute long, so this can be easily skipped if it offends your ears.)

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!

Keep up with Paola

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.

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.

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