SMITE developer Hi-Rez Studios recently debuted a weekly reality show called “The Caster” that follows the search for the next esports casting talent for SMITE’s competitive league.
The show features 10 contestants who compete against one another for a chance of $10,000 and an invitation to cast during next year’s Hi-Rez Expo, the stage for the world championships for both SMITE and Paladins. The contestants compete through a series of challenges and are evaluated by a panel of judges, and the lowest performing contestant being eliminated each week until the final winner remains.
“We have run talent search programs in the past, but “The Caster” has been a chance to really help cultivate and bring along new and talented commentators,” Graham “Hinduman” Hadfield, esports manager for Hi-Rez Studios and judge on “The Caster,” said in a news release. “Our esports department handles many different games and different commentary styles, from SMITE to Paladins to Hand of the Gods, and our goal was to give up-and-coming commentators an opportunity to show what they can do in front of a global audience utilizing their special skills.”
The show premiered Sept. 6, and three episodes have been released so far. After the episodes air, viewers can vote for their favorite contestant, and the winner will be announced Nov. 12. So far, each episode has included the contestants casting for SMITE, Paladins, and SMITE: Hand of the Gods, challenging their knowledge across all of the competitive games developed by Hi-Rez.
The eight-part series has new episodes premiere every Wednesday on Twitch, and the videos are uploaded to YouTube the following day.