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Opinion

14-hour days for weeklong events is too much

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

This has always been a concern for esports events, but it has popped up once again for the PGL Krakow Major and Pimpmuckl’s statement about observing at events. Broadcast talent (hosts, panel members, casters and observers) need backups. The Krakow Major has had technical issues that created extremely long days. Pimpmuckl wrote in his blog that observers do up to 14 hours of work per day for each day of the event.

I understand where the TO’s are coming from as they all want to penny pinch, but having broadcast talent go through such a grueling schedule for that long will only make a broadcast worse the longer it goes. So in that case, peak exhaustion will come in the semifinals and finals — where you would want the best performance from your broadcast talent. It makes sense at this point to hire more talent to give the rest a break. Perhaps change the payment options by hour or offer less money, but give the caveat that they won’t be worked to the bone.

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