Streaming and casting have become one of the most important building blocks for any event, indeed for any esport out there. It’s crucial to have a good crew and knowledgeable, talented casters to help both the in-house audience and streaming viewership follow the most exciting matches in our tournaments. We’ve worked hard to get exactly the right crew together and without further ado, we’re happy to introduce them to you!
Commentator from the UK who also worked on Copenhagen Games last year. We were very happy with his work and we’re thrilled to have him back!
All round commentator and analyst from Denmark who’s very familiar with Copenhagen Games. Niels and Simen worked together on one of the first Copenhagen Games events back in 2012 where they covered CS Source back when that was a thing... if indeed it ever was.
Commentator travelling all the way from Canada! First time talent at Copenhagen Games and we’re very excited to see what he brings to our event.
Danish former pro player and expert analyst. A former Dignitas name with first-hand knowledge and experience of the game, he’ll make a great addition to our casting crew.
Analyst and commentator from Norway. A man with tremendous experience covering CS amongst other things for Norwegian television channel NRK along with Simen.
Desk host. Our Norwegian friend returns for yet another Copenhagen Games, this time he’ll be hosting the stream and guiding our viewers through the most exciting matches of the CS:GO main tournament.
Since Copenhagen Games started streaming, one factor has pretty much been a constant: Norwegian caster and all around cool dude Simen ‘warclown’ Henriksen. We had a chat with him about this year’s lineup and how it’s been following and indeed defining Copenhagen Games through the years.
‘I’ve worked with several of the guys from this year's crew before and they’re great casters and people. A few are new to me, though, so it’ll be exciting to meet and work with new people as well. Covering Copenhagen Games is special to me. It was one of the first events I worked with as a caster but more than that I love what the event stands for and what it represents.’
As a former top player, Simen has seen esport develop into what it is today. In fact, he has been a part of the movement that took esport from the fringes of niche sports to a budding mainstream giant.
‘It’s been something special to watch esport grow the way it has. When I played, we played for peanuts compared to now - I guess that’s why I get so salty about it. No seriously, that’s how it was and it’s great that the sport has finally come to a point where dedicated players are rewarded for their hard work but it also came at a cost, I believe.’
For Simen, the thing that always made esport special was the community around it, the special mood that surrounded the events and especially Copenhagen Games. It’s something he hopes we won’t lose sight of as esport continues to grow.
‘Events like Copenhagen Games, and I say ‘like’ but there really aren’t many others left of its kind, are very important to esport - I think people often forget about this. This event is a gateway where talented but lesser known teams and players get the chance to prove themselves, to fight against parts of the world elite. It’s a way for talent to become star material and the importance of that can’t be overstated.’
Simen is very aware of the trends in esports and he knows that tournaments are changing and become more elite-focused than ever before. However, there needs to be a balance and a humanity to it, he says.
‘The thing is, many of the truly legendary teams of CS have played here at Copenhagen Games, we shouldn’t forget that. Big money is moving into esport which is fantastic but I remember when NiP played their grand final here back in the day; when they won, they got off stage with their trophy and went straight to the afterparty along with everyone else. That was fantastic to me, to see young, hopeful players get the chance to party and talk to the superstars of their game as if there was no difference between them. We should never forget the value of things like that.’
We’re very happy to have Simen back at Copenhagen Games and we’re absolutely thrilled with the lineup of casters that’ll work with him this year. If you want to watch Copenhagen Games, we invite you to stop by Bella Center this Easter and check out our live stage action. Naturally, you can watch our stream from the comfort of your home as well if that suits you better. Streaming information will follow in the weeks to come so stay tuned to our news and social media outlets for updates on where and how to watch Copenhagen Games.