‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast
A week ago, Smash 4 player Jason “Anti” Bates revealed a Smash commentators union was in the works. I personally thought it was surprising as a majority of events held in Melee/Smash 4 have been grassroots events, and even the larger ones seem to make more money off of signups than they do sponsorships. I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case, but it’s an interesting move by the commentators to do this as the work itself should require a certain amount of compensation. On the flip side, do TOs have the money to shell out that much money for rates? In the end, it will depend on how much money tournaments make and how much the casters demand.
In either case, I think market forces will eventually figure this out anyway. Jebailey thinks that if the demands get too exuberant, the TOs will only hire one pair of casters and have them do the entire event. If not, there is also the fact that in Smash/FGC, commentating isn’t really seen as a full-time profession. There are obvious caster pairs that are better than everyone else, but anyone who is a player and at the event might just do it for free anyway.