Trevor “Quickshot” Henry
League Of Legends Shoutcaster
Born in Johannesburg but based in Cologne, Germany, for the past few years, Trevor “Quickshot” Henry is a full-time Shoutcaster for Riot Games’ League of Legends (LoL). Roughly translated, this means he commentates on one of the most popular online multiplayer video games in the world.
In fact, 67-million people play LoL every month, 27-million a day, and more than 7.5-million concurrently during peak hours. But how did this local boy come good in a market dominated by European and American players?
“It was about making the right business contacts from competing in the local professional game leagues. Through my contacts, I was introduced to Incredible Connection who I approached with a business plan to sponsor my team. I ran events for them and eventually was able to convert my passion for competing in esports into the job I have today,” he says.
And while it would be easy to say Henry is the Hugh Bladen of the Shoutcasting world, he does not really compare himself to the more traditional commentators.
“As a video game commentator, e-sport is significantly more complex than a regular sport. For one, in rugby or cricket you just have to follow one ball around. But in LoL, there are multiple players each doing their own thing, so you have to be focused on so many different elements.”
Anyone who thinks that Henry has an easy life watching and commentating on video games, needs to take a look at his travel schedule.
“I travel virtually all the time. Mondays through Wednesdays I spend preparing for competition and the rest of the week is a blur of travel and commentating. But this is my life and I live for my job. Hopefully, I will be able to do this for the next 10 to 15 years.”
— Iwan Pienaar