Rachel Quirico
E-Sports Event Host

“I get to travel around the world”, Rachel Quirico appreciates about her job as e-sports Event Host, “and everywhere you go, you feel at home as a gamer.” What it takes to do that job? “As long as you’re comfortable being in front of the camera, you can do this job.”


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

If I could be my 14 year old self and go back in time and give them advice to hopefully end up where I am today because I’m so happy doing my job and I love every minute of it, I would say stay the course, keep watching anime, keep playing video games because it was a wired back ground that I had. I was a huge anime fun, I took a lot of time going to events, doing things that not a lot my friends or anyone else was doing and became very comfortable doing things that were not the main stream and I also loved these things so much that I spent so much time telling everyone else about them, telling everyone to join my anime club, telling everyone to play these video games with me, let’s go to a Dance Dance Revolution thing. What it was It was sort of an ambassador for my passions and doing all that in my youth really prepared me for the job today, so I would just say continue to be passionate.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

Rachel Quirico and host interviewer.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

The coolest thing about my job is definitely the travel I get to travel all around the world, I’m in Sweden this weekend, I’m from the US and I have tones of events throughout the Us, in Asia, China, Korea, even down in the Philippines, I’ve hosted events. And everywhere I go you feel at home as a gamer because even though you’re going to a foreign country, even though people may not speak the language everybody’s there for video games and video games are a common language. So it’s amazing to meet all these different players, all these different people and to enjoy the games alongside them.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

Some of the toughest things about my job is E-Sports is new and so there’s no one to look to as an example. I try and draw inspiration from sports casters, I try and draw inspiration from people like John Stewart and Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show because they bring a lot of entertainment to their hosting but aside from one other host DJ Wee, I really don’t have anyone to look up to, or study or follow in their footsteps. So the hardest thing is blazing my own trail and then getting feedback from the community. Sometimes really harsh, sometimes really positive and incorporating that to what I do and then trying to put on the show that the viewers want to see and that production wants me to do.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

My job is to travel to different E-Sports events around the world, E-Sports is competitive gaming; it’s video games played at a very high professional level for a lot of money. And my job is to go to these events and I act as the MC, I open the show I tell everybody what it’s about, I talk about the sponsors and then I get to interview the players after they play the matches. A typical day at an event is I wake up very early in the morning and I head over to the venue and I make sure that if there’s any rehearsals to be done or anything to learn about the stage, anything to learn about production I figure that out. I spend some time talking with the players and getting to know them, and then once the show begins, I head on stage and I welcome everybody to the event, I hand it over to our casters, who are going to talk about the game or what happens and then once the game is over I bring the players out on to the stage, I ask them some questions about the matches, I congratulate them and send them at the end of the event, I do a price ceremony and then throughout the event I’ll do a lot of interviews with players that we put online.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

I was born in New Jersey and in school I studies psychology mostly, I graduated with degree in psychology from and after that; actually in college I spent a lot of time playing competitive video games, I played Team Fortress 2 on a team and I travelled around to different vents and I really fell in love with video games as a super competitive pass time. There was a show called WCG Ultimate Gamer and I really wanted to be on it. So I went and I bought all these video games and practiced really hard and I made it on the show and I found out that I am not such a great video game player but I loved competitive gaming, I wanted to find a way to stick around so I started interviewing professional players and try to bring the attention to these people who put so much time and effort to gamming and who are doing really amazing things at these events that no one was really paying attention to. Shortly after that video game streaming happened. Video game streaming is live streaming it means that the production that’s going on at these tournaments can be broadcast all around the world on the internet. So because these events got so big and got so professional they started needing more professional talent there and that’s how I got the job of host. I showed up at one of these events and they said could you interview our players after the games and invited me up on stage this was NASL season one, North American Star League. After that a couple of other events started calling me up and saying could you host my event? I was so fortunate to do things like League of Legends World Championship Series Season Two; The World Championship Series for Star Craft, The Smite Game Launch, a lot of stuff with Heartstone, that was my most recent with BlizzCon the World Championship. It has really been my job, my privilege to travel to travel around to get to know these gamers and to bring their personalities out in to the world.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

I think there are a lot of people that come forward from a lot of different areas in education and in their back grounds to enter in to E-Sports, they all are drawn to video games and to video games played at the highest level and I have seen a lot of people be successful. I think my back ground in psychology being able to talk to people, being able to understand people and also my background in having done TV shows, having the cameras in your face reality TV style for everyday for three weeks, made me really comfortable on camera. So I think it gave me a huge advantage but almost any back ground as long as you’re comfortable with being in front of the camera you could do this job.