1v1 Show: Episode 9 - Alan ‘Brice’ Brice interview.
This week held the 9th episode of our 1v1 series; joined by host Nfinity and this week’s guest, Alan Brice Brice.
For those who are unaware of who Brice is in terms of the Call of Duty community, Brice has been a long-standing caster for MLG. He has been casting since 2013; beginning his career at the Call of Duty World Championship 2013: EU Regional Finals. He has also hosted his own tournament, “A LAN by Brice” which was based in his homeland: England. 7 teams participated with a prize pool of £1,000 during the Modern Warfare season in 2016.
We kicked off the podcast with Brice telling everyone journey as a caster: from his grassroots to the present: “I felt like it started at iseries (Insomnia Gaming Festival, held in Birmingham, England.) I was never going to [fully] become a caster and I was only there to help with production, but Rel (a former caster) fell ill that day, and I had been given the opportunity to cast.”
“I liked the analytical style that was used back the day and I still like doing that now.”
Our host, Nfinity asked the opening question from himself about the transition from production to casting; Brice explained that it was not a smooth transition - he went through a phase of competing at events such as attending EGL 5, but his playing career fell short after suffering with the time commitments outside of the community. “I played once a week, turned up to the event and just had fun. I enjoyed the intensity of it.”
Brice explained to Nfinity and our viewers on how to start the journey of casting: “You are already a caster, you just don’t have an audience. All you need to do is (literally) cast gameplay, work on being more smooth and think about what you are going to say. It’s not an easy job.”
Knowing that casting was going to be something he wanted to make of himself in the Call of Duty community during the 2013 World Championship, Brice has done a lot in terms of working in the esports community such as production, running an organisation and media. He also mentioned his passion with hosting: “I like keeping people entertained in between games - even if there is a good game showcasing, the audience will already be entertained, but how do you keep them entertained after?” Brice throughout his journey, has been involved with many esports from Call of Duty, to League of Legends and even CS:GO.
The following question lined up for Brice was his view on the progression of Call of Duty, as the World League was introduced in 2016: “I think it’s moving towards more corporate, which isn’t a bad thing - we’re talking about franchising next year and I believe that’s the way it’s going to go. For this to happen, there’s needs to be more structural; the more professional it gets. You cannot throw around the money that is in Call of Duty and expect it to be the grassroots.”
“What I would like to see is more risks being taken.”
Nfinity spoke about the increase in skill-gap between the amateur players from the professional players over the course of two years. Amateur players who have potential have the struggle of becoming noticed by high tier organisations and the level of concern is rising.
“I think amateurs are always going to want to do better; and having obstacles in the way is upsetting, but I have watched players come from the AM scene and go into the pros. There are pro players who have been playing for over 10 years, it’s dead man shoes.” Brice explained.
“It’s never going to be easy - we’re talking 0.1%, even less of a number of those who will progress into the pro scene.”
“People think that there is this linear progression where every step will push them closer to the pros, but that just doesn’t happen. Some players are absolutely delusional where they think they’re better than they really are - you have to be ‘god-like’ to get noticed by the pros.”
Over at EGL, Brice (alongside with EU Caster Tunn) hosts a new-fashioned podcast called “Spitfire”. Each week faces a new pro’ player or public figure in the Call of Duty community; talking in-depth over teams, in-game features and roles in the community. Brice mentioned that he makes sure the podcast maintains a high consistency of entertainment for viewers: either moving topics on when they’re becoming tedious, or pushing guests to the limits on questions that may not be in the hosts’ view point.
“Critical thinking is very important.”
The CWL ruleset was released on October 26 - and it was not a fan favourite: “It surprised me in a few ways as it’s much more restrictive than I thought out of the gate. I do believe they missed one or two points, which they are addressing here and there.” Brice added.
Dating back to September when the CWL season overview was announced with the underlying question on everyone’s mind: “Will Black Ops 4 see a 5v5 format?” We have seen a dramatic series of roster changes in both the pro and AM scene. Brice gave his thoughts on which teams are catching his eye this season: “Red Reserve have been overlooked - they’ve now added Bance to their roster and he didn’t have a great season previously. The team chemistry has been unreal from what I have seen.”
“It’s annoying me how many North American fans and talent are overlooking this team because they haven’t had a massive rostermania.”
Brice is set for casting in 2019, but he wishes he had more opportunities to cast Call of Duty and host events (following back to hosting at Birmingham). “I’ve got some things coming up this season and various other opportunities, but if Call of Duty wanted me, I’d be there.”
Next week on the 1v1 Show, our host Nfinity will be joined by another talented EU caster: Chris Tunn. Stay tuned on Sunday 11th November at 7pm.
Written by @alishalmao