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Caster line-up ready for DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship

DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship will be one of the most exciting tournaments this year and we now have the great pleasure to reveal the line-up that will make sure all Counter-Strike fans out there get every bit of the action and follow those who’ll take home the $250,000 prize purse.

The media production at DreamHack Winter 2013 will be very different from earlier CS:GO broadcasts from DreamHack. In partnership with SteelSeries, DreamHack have designed it so the Tournament Area is in close connection to both a Caster Desk, the new GO Studio area and a new Interview Corner. In this set-up we can get close to the attending teams and make sure to supply a lot of extra content and interviews from every stage of the tournament.

In the Studio we will feature post-game stats, highlight analysis and of course, a lot of discussion with the viewers and the community.
- DreamHack and SteelSeries are investing heavily into the media production to make sure that this is a top quality broadcast. As this is THE CS tournament of the year to talk about we also want to make sure that fans and community are involved around the globe, said Robert Ohlén, CEO of DreamHack.

But a great livestream production is nothing without the best possible hosts and casting talent on the planet. We’re very proud to announce our line-up for the DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship that will be featured on the primary stream. DreamHack will also announce the casters for the Secondary stream and our Swedish stream within the upcoming days. In total DreamHack will have 10 caster personalities covering the event. More information about that and our Community streams next week.

The Hosts & Casters – Primary Stream

Host – Jonas ‘bsl’ Alsaker Vikan – Twitter: @JonasAV
Jonas Alsaker Vikan is a former professional Counter-Strike 1.6 player and team captain in teams like Catch-Gamer and Team NoA. In Counter-Strike: Source ‘bsl’ was one of the managers in Championship Gaming Series, where he was in charge of the Berlin Allianz franchise. He have also been Editor and Columnist at GotFrag.com and been casting numerous top tournaments including WCG and e-Stars Seoul. Today Jonas is a praised and awarded journalist at the norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen and at DreamHack Winter 2013 Jonas will be the host of our Studio and guide the viewers between matches, but also make sure we have some Scandinavian touch in the Studio.

Co-Host – Scott ‘SirScoots’ Smith – Twitter: @SirScoots
Scott Smith is a true Counter-Strike veteran and one of the strongest opinion makers we have in the eSports community. Smith was one of the owners of the iconic GotFrag, which lead to him eventually helping to create GotFragTV and was part of some of the greatest Counter-Strike productions ever produced. After that, SirScoots, have mainly had a behind-the-scenes figure, including being involved in Evil Geniuses and but also being one of three hosts of the eSports show LiveOnThree. SirScoots will be the voice of the community, keeping track of the social media buzz in the Studio, but also help us put this tournament into Counter-Strike history.

Expert – Duncan ‘Thorin Shields – Twitter: @Thooorin
Duncan “Thorin” Shields is the former Editor-in-Chief of Team Acer, a new Senior Content Creator for OnGamers and host of the Grilled interview series. Thorin is the database of Counter-strike, having been part of the community since 2001, he’s attended hundreds of eSports events. Primarily a journalist, he was voted ‘eSports Journalist of the year’ in 2012 by the readers of Cadred.org. He has also commentated events like ESL, IEM and many more. In the Studio Thorin will give his insight on the matches, provide background info about teams and players and also offer his view on every match.

Caster – Corey ‘ConsiderIt_dunN’ Dunn – Twitter: @ConsiderIt_dunN
Corey is an american Play-by-Play Shoutcaster that’s been around since the days of CPL and WSVG. The Dallas native shoutcaster have been part of the Team Sports Network (TSN) but also worked as producer and shoutcaster at Major League Gaming. Since the launch of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Corey have been one of the true supporters of the Global Offensive community and was also part of the casting team at DreamHack Winter 2012. We’re very excited to welcome Corey back and he will definitely make sure we’re tracking the american teams in the best possible way.

Caster – Stuart ‘Tosspot’ Saw – Twitter: @TheStupot‎
Stuart is without any doubt one of the most legendary FPS-casters in the eSports industry, with a long and impressive track record including World Cyber Games and the Electronic Sports World Cup, and has appeared on television networks such as DirecTV, Sky, GZTV, MBCGame as well as numerous national networks across Europe. Today he’s the EMEA Director of Twitch.TV and DreamHack is very proud to that we got him off his normal duties to cover this historic Counter-Strike:GO tournament at DreamHack Winter 2013. Stuart will make sure the excitement level is on the right level when we’re getting close to playoffs and Grand Finals.

Caster / Analyst – Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen – Twitter: @lurppis‎_
Tomi Kovanen is one of the best Finnish CS players of all time but also one of the most vocal opinions in competitive Counter-Strike. He’s been part of DreamHacks every CS:GO broadcast and on the side of being a contributor at HLTV.org he’s also known as one of the best tacticial analysts in Counter-strike: Global Offensive. Tomi will join the stream both in the Caster Desk and give his analyses in the Studio.

More information about the DreamHack SteelSeries Championship

From day one, SteelSeries has been focused on making professional gaming gear that provide meaningful benefits to gamers of all skill-level, with the most demanding being those gamers whose lively hood depends on the performance of our products. We believe, as most gamers do, in winning, not trying!
What originally began as a small two-person operation in Copenhagen back in 2001 has become a global leader in professional gaming products. SteelSeries recognized the need for superior, high-quality professional gaming gear that would give players a competitive edge.

More information can be found at www.steelseries.com

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