WHAT IS SHOUTCASTING?
The term “Shoutcaster” derives from early days of the internet when “radio” casting was done via the SHOUTcast application. Through SHOUTcast, various internet “radio stations” cropped up as it allowed people to publish broadcasts online. In esports, the terminology has evolved to encompass a sports-style commentary of a game or match.
The primary goal of the Shoutcaster is to deliver an educating, entertaining, and engaging narrative of the game or match and its players. Shoutcasters exist to enhance the broadcast and instill knowledge not readily gleamed or examined from gameplay.
In short, Shoutcasters are storytellers.
TYPES OF SHOUTCASTERS AND CASTS
In League of Legends there are two primary casting positions: Play-By-Play (PBP) and Colour. These two types of casters are there to work together to tell the story of the game.
The PBP Caster is responsible for calling all the action in-game. The literal what is happening on screen. Their primary goals are to drive energy and hype during the match while relaying key information to the audience.
The Colour Caster is responsible for giving a professional, informed, and expert opinion on the match. These casters explain why things are happening. Their goals are less to do with information relay and more focused on expanding pin-point analysis.
The most common combination of these roles in League of Legends casting is the Duo–Cast and the Tri–Cast.
Majority of casting is in the Duo-Cast, which combines one PBP and one Colour Caster. This is to offer dynamic and complete coverage of a game that is both entertaining and educational. A Tri-Cast is the addition of one extra caster, either PBP or Colour, to add depth and texture to the existing model.
In League of Legends, Tri-Casts are usually reserved for epic matches because they will naturally drive more energy, hype, and conversation as there are more people and personalities interacting.
Tips for Balancing Discussion
Having that many voices piled into a cast can be hard to organise without running into each other, cluttering air-time, or talking over each other. Every professional caster will tackle these obstacles differently, but majority use hand signals to communicate while casting to keep things running smooth. There’s a “two finger” rule in the Oceanic Casting team that any caster can indicate they’d like to speak by holding out two fingers. Default will shift to the PBP to cover the immediate action on screen.
It’s also important to recognise the power of “dead-air”; do not feel that every second of a cast needs to be filled with words. Instead use silence as a tool to emphasise when you speak and the importance of those moments.
Words by Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black