Broadcasters play a major role in the world of televised competition, bringing big plays to life and providing insight into the strategies and clutch moments that swing the course of a game.
Esports is no different, and Overwatch League is proud to work with a global crew that includes some of the best in the business. From rising stars to established veterans, razor-sharp analysts to boisterous hype people, here are the on-air personalities who will immerse fans into the action of the Overwatch League inaugural season:
Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, United States
Christopher Mykles returns to the United States after five years with South Korean TV station OGN, where he served as a broadcaster for four distinct games. A veteran of the esports scene, Mykles will bring keen analysis and showmanship to the Overwatch League inaugural season. He can be found on Twitter at @MonteCristo.
Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, United States
Erik Lonnquist spent the last six years in Seoul, casting the best tournaments in a variety of top esports titles. His work includes numerous seasons of StarCraft II, League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Overwatch, with South Korean broadcasters GOMTV and OGN. He returned to the United States in May 2017 to begin working with Blizzard on the Overwatch League. Catch him on Twitter at @ggDoA.
Soe “Soe” Gschwind, Switzerland
Soe Gschwind is a Swiss commentator and host. Over the past 10 years, she has casted and hosted global events such as BlizzCon, WCS, gamescom, WCG, The International, and E3. After hosting a daily esports show on German television in 2016, she moved to Versailles, France, to work as an Associate Esports Manager and on-screen talent for Blizzard Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter at @Soembie.
Chris “Puckett” Puckett, United States
After competing in professional Halo, Chris Puckett joined esports powerhouse Major League Gaming as a tournament director in 2004. By 2014 he had become VP of Programming and the broadcasting face of MLG events. Now with Activision Blizzard, Puckett is not only the hype man that fans have come to love, but also a cornerstone of the esports community, with an intrinsic understanding of the space. Find him on Twitter at @MLGPuckett.
Mitch “Uber” Leslie, Australia
Mitch Leslie has been calling Overwatch games since early in the closed beta. Known for his high-octane commentary and wordplay, Mitch is all about passion when it comes to casting. You'll hear him in the thick of the action in the Overwatch League alongside his partner, Matthew “Mr X” Morello. You can follow him on Twitter at @UberShouts.
Matthew “Mr X” Morello, United States
Matt Morello is an esports commentator and analyst whose experience spans a decade, from playing professionally to taking a coaching/management role and then to the broadcast booth. Having casted many major Overwatch events thus far, Matt has great knowledge of the game and its players, and helps convey the strategies of the game to the audience. Follow him on Twitter at @MattMrX.
Jonathan ”Reinforce” Larsson, Sweden
Jonathan Larsson is a former professional Overwatch player for teams such as Rogue and Misfits. With championships under his belt from the 2016 ESL Overwatch Atlantic Showdown and APAC Premier 2016, Larsson is ready to reinforce broadcast analysis full-time following stints at Overwatch Contenders Season 1 as well as the 2016 and 2017 Overwatch World Cups. For tweets about Overwatch, food, and kittens, find him at @Reinforce.
Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat, United States
Auguste Massonnat is a seasoned esports commentator, broadcaster, and analyst, with years of experience casting high-level FPS tournaments around the world, including the ELEAGUE Major Grand Finals for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which was nationally televised on TBS in October 2017. Catch him on Twitter at @OnFireSemmler.
Alberto “Crumbz” Rengifo, Venezuela
Alberto Rengifo is a former League of Legends professional player, analyst, and shoutcaster. He bought a mouse with macro keys for the sole purpose of spamming "How Embarrassing" on Winston. Find him on Twitter at @ProphetCrumbz.
Brennon “Bren” Hook, United Kingdom
Brennon Hook began commentating for competitive Overwatch soon after the game's release in 2016, covering numerous tournaments including the recent Overwatch Contenders. For the Overwatch League inaugural season, Bren returns to North America, bringing his highly energetic style and expansive knowledge of the European scene to the analyst desk. Follow him on Twitter at @BrenCasts.
Robert “hexagrams” Kirkbride, United States
Robert Kirkbride has been broadcasting competitive Overwatch since the game's release. A veteran of events such as DreamHack, Carbon Series, and Overwatch Contenders, hexagrams has a long history with the Overwatch community and pros. A fan of British time-traveling heroes and meditating omnics alike, he’s excited to be a part of Overwatch's transcendence on its biggest stage yet. Follow him on Twitter at @hexagrams.
Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson, United Kingdom
Josh Wilkinson has been analyzing and writing about Overwatch since its release, providing live analysis at events such as TaKeOver 2 and Overwatch Contenders Season 1. He has a passion for strategic complexity and detailed team histories, and the global narratives of the Overwatch scene are his favorite bedtime stories. Follow him on Twitter at @SideshowGaming.
Korean and Chinese (Mandarin) broadcast talent will be announced soon.
This casting team, along with the 12 teams of the Overwatch League, will kick off the inaugural season on Jan. 10 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. If you'd like to attend in person, tickets for Stage 1 are available now. Catch the action here at OverwatchLeague.com, and follow @overwatchleague on Twitter and Instagram for live updates and behind-the-scenes content as the world’s best Overwatch players take the stage!