Casters' Couch is an article series produced by Mineski.net. In it, esports shoutcasters share a little about themselves and their own stories.
(The following is in Sh1n Boo's words but edited by the Mineski.net editorial team.)
Hey there! I'm Sh1n Boo, a shoutcaster for Rumble Royale(RR) and a freelance caster for MineskiTV.
I started in esports as a fan way back in college. It's awesome seeing esports become a global phenomena today but back then I had no idea how it worked in the local scene. I was just a simple guy playing League of Legends back in college but I was very active in inviting LoL players from my school in forming teams and gaming communities.
Even before LoL and esports I was always a gamer growing up. I had a Gameboy 1 as my first console and got introduced to a PC at 8 years old. My first game was Jazz Jackrabbit. I got so hooked by the idea of controlling an imaginary character in an imaginary world with the tip of my fingers. I remember a perfect day as a kid was to spend the whole day in an internet shop, even if just as a bystander.
Eventually my friends told me to check out Rumble Royale(RR), a gaming community. RR was all about discussing and playing the games. I eventually became very involved with RR. They even held LAN events, viewing parties, and even shoutcasting bootcamps that I would religiously attend.
From there, I got introduced and exposed to the local esports scene seeing the likes of the pioneering Philippine shoutcasters like Lon, Tryke, Kajo and GG Sphere. They became my inspiration because they were the first ones who embraced shoutcasting in the country. At first I tried to be like them but then I learned that if I want to become a real shoutcaster I have to develop my own style, make my own path and learn everything about it
Sh1n Boo hosting GPL Manila 2017
This inspired me to take shoutcasting seriously. I remember the time I was practicing just my shoutcasting in a shabby internet cafe I used to go to and the kids were imitating me.Some of the customers looked at me bewildered by this guy shouting out of nowhere, commentating games in a 15-unit internet shop.
I remember the time I volunteered to shoutcast first time in one of RRs viewing parties and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Eventually, I was invited to become a part of their core team back in October 2014, while I was writing for Esports Inquirer. In November 2014, Garena PH then held a shoutcaster tryout, and I was there alongside RikuPH, Asurai, and Amplifire. I guess the rest is history.
- Name: Shin Boo C. Ponferrada
- IGN: Sh1n Boo
- Favorite MOBA Characters: Tinker for Dota 2, Elise for League of Legends, and Gord for Mobile Legends
- Favorite personality: Phreak, CaptainFlowers, and Angel Locsin
- If I wasn't a caster I'd be: Most likely 800 meters below sea level cracking jokes with contractors and mine workers.
- Propensity to Tilt: 1/10. I don't tilt. But there was a time that I played with a crush for the first time and she trash talked me in game for not ganking. Worst Game ever.
My IGN Sh1n Boo came up when we were asked by Garena PH what will our chosen handles will be. I just decided to revise my name to Sh1n Boo. Now I can spam "with a 1 for an i" almost like a bad catchphrase.
I don't think my shoutcasting style is revolutionary by any means. As of now, I think my ongoing shoutcasting style is a mixture of novelty and compliance. The only rule is making sure that the listeners will enjoy the game.
But there was a time I thought I was making a change. Those were the days before and during my time as Shoutcaster Team Lead for Garena Philippines. I was thinking that I, along with my fellow shoutcasters could stop/fix the two problems about shoutcasting: that shoutcasting is overestimated by its audience and is underestimated by the companies requiring it.
As of now, I'm not seeing any improvement or change from that problem making me feel that I'm not making any change. But I'm still thankful for where I am now.
I used to dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer but because of scholarship restrictions I took a Mining Engineering course in college for the sole reason that mining engineers have really high pay grades.
But things happened and I got into esports. Obviously in esports there is a potential but one cannot easily say there is money in it. Though I’m happy, I’m not yet what I set myself to be. There’s no time for me to be proud just yet when I still have loads of work to put in.
Esports is definitely growing. It's an unconventional wave one has to ride even if it's also far from reaching the shore.
I definitely see myself in esports in the future. I totally have zero plans in leaving it. And a part of me sees myself in the future as an established caster for it -- one that is watched on TV by enthusiasts of all ages, instead of the evening news. I sometimes jokingly describe myself as a "Mike Enriquez" for esports.
If you ever want to become a shoutcaster here's my advice:
First, practice. Like practice a lot. Everyday. Any game. Spectated, on YouTube, or while watching streams. Most aspiring shoutcasters try to find timing when to practice. For the most part, they find practice awkward because they cannot be noisy in their bedrooms or in internet cafes. Just do it and practice and don’t be embarassed. How can you be if you’re chasing your dream?
Second, is to record yourself shoutcasting videos. Shoutcasting videos are the basic requirement of a shoutcaster call and the need for shoutcasters is consistently increasing. Shoutcast a game, record it, watch the recording, take down notes, study the notes, cast again, and record again, so on and so forth.
For shoutcasting reference, my recommendation, is the free ebook by Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner, Talking Esports. You can easily look it up, but the best way to go is always practice and record!