Sheever: 'If the game was a walk in the park, it would be no fun'

General Christoph “malnor” Helbig
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Sheever will be your interview host on GosuGamers.net at The International 2012. She came into the casting crew in spring and broke personal viewer records multiple times since then. Being one of the prominent and popular faces and voices in the Dota 2 scene by now, it's about time for her caster interview in GosuGamers's interview series.



Dota is super difficult for newer players, what made you stick with and learn it?

The same thing that makes all other newer players stick with it, I imagine. The idea that you are learning, that you are getting better. You want to get better and therefore play more and learn more. If the game was a walk in the park, it would be no fun to continue playing it.

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Female casters are rather uncommon as an entity in eSports. Is it encouraging for you being one of the only female caster in Dota 2?

No, I would rather say it is discouraging.

What makes you think so?

The resistance that is there for any caster in general is already quite big. People don't like changes, they don't like new casters and will always complain a bit. Being a female caster makes that resistance worse. It gives an extra dimension to the change, so people respond to it as such.

Do you think given time, the Dota community will become more open to new casters, and female casters in particular?

I hope so, but I guess only time will tell.

Is there anything the scene could change to help sway this process?

It is the scene that gives the feedback, they are not the ones that could help the change, they would be the ones to change. But all that can really overcome that is time.


Caster interview: Sheever
Other interviews: WhatIsHip, Purge, GoDz
Christoph “malnor” Helbig
Malnor is former Editor-in-chief of GosuGamers.net, now a guest editor for Dota 2 and general eSports topics.