Last month, we saw the epic conclusion of the Free Fire World Series 2021, a tournament that broke all records in terms of viewers and became the most-watched esports event. Among the group of casters, was Arush Bhardwaj, a 17-year-old who witnessed all the action first-hand. He shares with us his life’s insights and what it was like to cast the FFWS 21 tournament.
You’ve been into casting for 3 years, what made you get into casting?
I have always been an enthusiast towards language, back in my school days I was always chosen to be the host for assemblies and it was my duty as a council member to entertain special guests. This helped me gain confidence and gave my language a fine finish. Being the host of events, gaming, and representing my school was something I was always passionate about. I had an open mind towards my path and build it around my area of passion which brought me into casting.
Ever thought of going pro?
Before getting into the Free Fire scenario, I was a full-time PUBG streamer and caster. I had thought of going pro in PUBG Mobile but I was in my graduation stage of school life and therefore couldn’t afford to devote 8-10 hours of time to grind. I chose to study during my 12th grade and graduate with honorable marks instead of going in the pro scenario. Now when I think about it, I like the decision I had made.
You were the caster for the FFWS 2021. Walk us through that experience.
FFWS has a special space in my heart. Casting the Free Fire World Series was a top-tier experience and made me feel like my hard work paid off. It was an honor to be a part of the talented crew. Casting such amazing plays with a peak watching of 1.9 million still feels like a dream. It truly is a dream come true, a day I will never forget.
How is a casters game sense different from a player’s?
A caster analyses each team and its players prior to the event just like a coach or IGL. The main difference between a player’s and a casters game sense is that a caster can predict the next move of all playing teams, possible engagements that can occur, and possible knockouts. But a player can only predict the following to some extent, they have to make spontaneous decisions on the spot which sometimes can be a gamble or can be a safe move for position point. Mainly a player’s game sense involves what is best for the team whereas a caster puts its judgments from predictions and who has a more win ratio based on guns, position, and many more factors.
Name a caster who has helped you on your journey.
Mamba SR has been a constant support and has been with me from the very start. I still remember my first event with him, walking down the studio of PUBG Mobile All-Stars. Since then, he has been an elder brother to me who has always given me a helping hand and has always guided me to build my career path.
What does life outside esports look like for you?
The majority of my time is invested in esports and studies as I am currently pursuing my 1st year of graduation in mass communication. Other than my education and workspace my life is pretty chill, I like hanging out with my real-life and online friends. Whenever I’m free I like to play sports like badminton, football, and cricket or like to play video games like Valorant, Pubg, and GTA.
What do you do to improve your casting?
I always had a mindset to be the best version of myself, as time passed I made sure I see an improved version of myself. There are many things I do in order to improve my casting like watch events irrespective of the game, reviewing my own casting to see space for improvement, I even sometimes voice over on ‘no audio gameplays’ and give a self-judgment on the same lastly I watch international events in order to be more creative with my word-plays.
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