The best esports podcasts for all your favourite titles
Originally written for Red Bull but adding it here for esports enthusiasts
If you’re a hardcore esports Stan who cannot get enough of your favourite competitive games and the ongoing events, wins, roster shuffles and news…. You definitely need to subscribe to a podcast to ensure you’re up to date no matter whether it is the player break or you’re in need of your fill while at the office. Here are some esports podcasts for popular titles which you can follow:
Counter-Strike – Talking Counter
It’s near impossible to try to define exactly what Talking Counter encompasses. Well known Counter-Strike personalities YNk, moses and SPUNJ get together with professional players, other CS broadcast talent and various guests to chat about the current goings on in the scene. Often they reminisce, regularly they’ll debate tournament format and they’ll give you an entertaining audio experience with insight into the current goings on in Counter-Strike. The podcast series currently has roughly fifty episodes.
While some would argue the hosts of The Best Damn League Show could be seen as divisive or controversial, there is no arguing that they’re able to present a podcast which will either have you excited for European League of Legends or raging at what you might perceive as the “incorrect” take. Duncan “Thorin” Shields and Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera host a weekly podcast series which focuses specifically on LoL in EU and the LEC. The episodes deep dive into moments in game, team dynamics and sometimes feature special guests. Each episode is roughly an hour and a half to two hours long, falling under the “Last Free Nation” Media Network. Thorin and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles started the independent esports media network to focus on esports podcasts and content creation.
Dota 2 caster Troels “syndereNDota” Nielsen joins Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten, Dota2 commentator and content creator, in We Say Things. The podcast has regular episodes which tend to drop within a week of one another. Each episode covers a range of topics: from current Dota2 tournaments, Talent focuses and player discussions. While the premise of We Say Things is primarily Dota 2 focused, the podcast also dips its two into esports topics which are making the news. So you’ll tend to get a variation of ideas and topics to work with in each episode. For the hardcore Dota fans who want to only keep up to date on their competitive game, each episode is timestamped, so you can skip the topics you aren’t too bothered about.
If you’d prefer something a little closer to home, the author hosts her own podcast called Tech Girl Talks. Each season focuses on various esports topics which aren’t always game title specific (except Season 3, which is fully Counter-Strike focused). The episodes discuss various business focused topics related to esports such as “Why is no-one watching your esports broadcast?”. Season four is on the way and will focus primarily on jobs available in the esports industry.
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