I've had always had motorsport in the family, whether it's watching it on TV or playing it on various consoles through the years, from the original Gran Turismo when I first got a PlayStation, through all the F1 games, up to the sims I play now.
I love the challenge of trying to learn a sim racer, crushing any bad habits I’ve learned from previous racing games and refining my driving skills. I was hooked by Project CARS and stayed with it throughout its development.
Project CARS just feels right compared to other racers. I can feel what the car is doing under me and the response through the wheel feels fantastic. It just gives me more confidence in the car, especially in the GT3 class. Project CARS changed me from an F1 fan, into a GT and also endurance racing fan. It's really opened up my mind to other motorsport events around the world and how good the racing in those cars and classes can be.
HELENE "KIJOOKI" CRESSOT
I’ve played racing games since I was a child, starting with games like Metropolis Street Racer, Project Gotham Racing and the Burnout series. My career really got started in 2011 when I got seriously into the multiplayer mode of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and started to win races against players from all around the world. ESL contacted me for its "Challenges vs The Public" event at Paris Games Week in 2013 and after the convention I kept on promoting racing games on Twitch, YouTube and social networks.
My most important criteria when playing a racing game are the gameplay and the game modes, so that there is enough variety and diversity in the game. However, in sim-racing my expectations are quite different. I will pay more attention to the championship system, accessibility, and how weather and damage effects the car handling. I also look for the available circuits and the car classes you are able to drive, like LMP1 or Formula A.
The best thing about shoutcasting is working with people who are as passionate as you are for Esports. I feel lucky to be part of it too, as Esports is getting bigger and bigger in the video game industry and what we do now is our legacy for the future generations of gamers.
I got into shoutcasting due to growing up playing CounterStrike and hearing the work of guys like ReDeYe. Earlier this year I started to work on my own Twitch streams with matches of CS:GO. After a while I started to get a bit of interest from organisers like the ESL, whom I work with on the ESLUK Premiership broadcasts.
My favourite game has got to be Duke Nukem 3D. It was a FPS that's stuck with me throughout the years and is just an absolute blast of a game.
My favourite eSport is CS:GO. I grew up playing CS: Source and devoted a lot of my time to the UK Scene. My love for the game still burns strong and I spend a lot of my time even either commentating on CS:GO or playing at LAN events.
Competition is a really big factor for me and Project CARS has captured that! A devoted community and a very competitive scene that I'm glad to be involved in at this awesome event at EGX! The roar of the crowd when someone pulls off a crazy play! That rush of adrenaline the crowd feels when their favourite team or player is winning is awesome and it really gets you hyped as a shoutcaster.