7 Esports Hosts To Follow In 2020
Esports hosts are an integral part of any broadcast. In a way, they dictate the pace of the show, they pose intricate, layered questions to both analysts and players, and are often seen as conductors of the whole broadcast.
A good host will entertain us but also steer the discussion towards a more subdued, coolheaded debate whenever the need arises. Their job requires constant adaptation and balancing, depending on who’s being interviewed. This dichotomy between entertaining banter and in-depth analysis differentiates a good host from an incredible one. Seeing how esports is still somewhat in its infancy (even though it has existed for multiple decades), you’d be forgiven if you thought there weren’t many top-tier hosts in the industry.
That, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The esports hosts listed below come from various backgrounds and have solidified their spots as some of the best and most professional presenters, MCs, and hosts in the world. There’s really nothing lacking when you compare them to the more seasoned veterans who have built their careers in traditional sports. Their passion and dedication is what sets them apart from the pack, and their contribution to any esports broadcast is invaluable, although, at times, underappreciated.
As always, no listicle can ever be truly objective and definitive, but we did try to cover as many venerable esports hosts as possible (across multiple different titles). That said, someone’s always bound to be left out.
With that out of the way, let’s start our list!
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere [Freelance, League of Legends]
Sjokz is synonymous with the European League of Legends region. The Belgian veteran has been working with Riot for many years and is one of the most respected and high-profile female personalities in the esports realm.
In many ways she is the perfect host: light-hearted, positive, brimming with energy, always looking to have fun but also prepared to dive deeper into the thick of things, to ask the hard questions and not let anyone off the hook. If you want to see what a seasoned veteran looks like, someone who’s excelling at their job, look no further than Sjokz.
Sjokz is now primarily a freelancer but is still hosting the majority of the LEC broadcast.
Chris Puckett [Freelance, Multiple Titles]
Puckett is, for a lack of a more apt term, a legend. He’s a host, a commentator, former player, producer, broadcaster, you name it. He’s one of the biggest esports veterans around and has been a staple figure for almost two decades (in various roles) and is beloved by fans across the globe. His energy and zeal are unparalleled.
After being the main desk host for the first two seasons of the Overwatch League, Puckett decided to relocate with his wife and get back to his freelancing roots. He will, however, still have sporadic appearances as an on-site MC for multiple Overwatch homestands throughout 2020.
Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez [Freelance, Multiple Titles]
Yet another esports legend, known for his diverse portfolio and positivity. His name is well-known to those who have followed basically any esports competition out there as Alex is as omnipresent as possible. He loves working on as many different projects and esports and has worked for the who’s who of the industry.
He’s a wholesome professional and is adored by industry insiders, players, and fans alike. Much like everyone else on this list, he’s incredibly passionate about esports and has already accomplished one of his biggest dreams by hosting the grand finals of the inaugural Overwatch League.
Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden [Dota 2]
If you’ve ever tuned in to a Dota 2 broadcast, odds are you’ve seen Sheever. After starting out as a caster (back during TI2), she grew into one of the most respected and involved personalities in the entire Dota 2 scene.
Her laid-back demeanor (which goes hand-in-hand with the more relaxed and banter-friendly Dota broadcasts) immediately made her a fan favorite.
James “Dash” Patterson [League of Legends]
Arguably the most dashing (pun intended) individual in the LCS broadcast team. Dash has been a staple presence over the years and, as a former actor, brings a certain gravitas whenever he’s on camera. He’s always willing to go off script and entertain the viewers, but he’s also capable of pushing his analysts and guests to the extreme.
He’s direct, engaging, endlessly charming but also always in control. His candid approach resembles that of a veteran sports host, and his spectacular ability to maneuver multiple guests en route to an engaging broadcast is downright mesmerizing.
Fortunately, Dash isn’t the kind to shy away from a bit of fun either.
Paul “Redeye” Chaloner [Freelance, Multiple Titles]
It feels like Redeye needs no introduction. He’s been in the industry for almost two decades and has hosted/shoutcasted over 200 esports events across six continents. He’s a veteran in every sense of the word and has lent his voice to more than 50 different video games and competitions.
He’s worked for ESL, DreamHack, Major League Gaming, Intel Extreme Masters, and has hosted multiple Dota 2 Internationals and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Majors, along with a dozen of StarCraft 2 WCS tournaments. Heck, even this long list of achievements and gigs doesn’t do his full portfolio justice.
Alex “Machine” Richardson [Freelance, Multiple Titles]
Machine is definitely the youngest host on the list, but that in no way diminishes his incredible talents and mind-blowing list of accomplishments. He started out commentating Call of Duty but quickly found his footing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive before moving over to Dota 2 as well (at least for a little while). He’s hosted The International along with multiple CS:GO Majors and even dabbled a bit in League of Legends in 2019 and 2020.
He’s relaxed, flexible, and can fill any possible role on-camera.