Written by Eric Soejatno
As some of you might not know yet, Mineski took an extra step towards the expansion of esports in the Southeast Asian scene. The storied esports organzation has built branches of MineskiTV in its neighboring countries including Indonesia. MineskiTV ID was responsible for the broadcast of Manila Masters in Bahasa Indonesia. However, some of you has yet to know their casters, here's one of them:
PASTA: The Indonesian Rap God
Hi my name is Riantoro Yogi, I’m a caster for Mineski TV ID and I'm also a university student in Gunadarma University, Jakarta.
I started playing DOTA2 around 2013 in an internet cafe. I played DOTA when my friend recommended the game. I was playing a boring game that time so I turned to DOTA. I also play with Yudi ‘Justincase’ Anggi, one of the famous casters in Indonesia. Since you need a ticket if you want to play DOTA at that time, Sniper was always my pick because of his easy gaming mechanic.
I came to know about casting since February 2014. But, at first, I don’t have any interest about becoming a caster and I find it weird to see casters casting in a mini studio. As times go, I joined a community named ‘Mr Funtastic’ and heard someone commentating our game. Back then, you can spam all chat in a lobby, allowing me to comment. Since then, I got interested in learning how to cast.
My friend asked me to join EO as a caster and learn how to livestream. I learned it by watching Youtube videos, searching in Google, and, at the same tim, I also learned how to use OBS. As the time goes, there are some offers from Live Gaming Broadcast and DTVI to join as a caster. It was a hard decision to make, both of the standing offers were good grounds for me to hone my talents. I ended up choosing DTVI only to get my journey cut off after a while.
I continued casting after joining Andi Joe's RevivalTV. I got mentored by Gisma ‘Melon’ Priayudha who also happened to be in partnership with the broadcast group. He helped me improve my casting a lot and gave me useful advices to become a better caster.
My parents, especially my mom, took casting somehow negatively. Back then, casters don’t get paid and there are times that when I cast my mom would shut my laptop because I was apparently disturbing them from watching TV. But as casters get recognized and I get was also getting paid, my parents were able to change their minds. When I cast at home, it doesn’t matter anymore since they know what I do.
Choosing Pasta as my IGN was kind of sudden. There was a time when I was watching someone eat pasta and right there and then I chose Pasta as my name. The irony, however, is that I don’t really like eat pasta. The rap god nickname, on the other hand, was bestowed to me by the community. I joined Mineski because I want to expand my experiences for casting. In here, my schedule is organized so they know when I go campus and cast. Even though I’m not with RevivalTV anymore, I still have contact especially with Melon to ask advice from me.
When it was announced that I'm going to cast at Manila Masters, I was very happy. It was my first time go and cast abroad. I can't help but feel nervous, it was my first time setting foot and casting in front of the hyped Manila crowd. The Manila Masters crowd was so hyped I'm giving them a score of 8 or 9.
Compared to Indonesia Games Championship, the biggest tournament which happened in March 2017, the audience is not as many as Manila Masters. But actually, I got more nervous casting in front of my countrymen since they can understand me, unlike during the Manila Masters where some Filipinos don't know what I'm saying.
I hope for the Indonesia esport community to support us as casters by giving us respect and good criticisms to make our casting better. Talents and casters in Indonesia are actually many. For the Indonesian esport teams, please give them support also. Don’t blame them when they lose but don’t give too much praise when they win, too. The Indonesian government has also started to support the esports scene by improving the quality of internet.
While some of them may not realize it now but the Indonesian esports scene is, slowly but surely, getting better.