Anders Blume

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Anders Blume
Born (1985-12-07) December 7, 1985 (age 32)
Denmark
Nationality Danish
Occupation Counter-Strike: Global Offensive commentator
Years active 2013–present

Anders Blume (born December 7, 1985), is a Danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive commentator and co-founder of RoomOnFire.[1][2] He has been present as a caster at all of the Valve Corporation sponsored CS:GO Majors, with the exception of EMS One Katowice 2014. He has worked for a wide variety of tournament organisers including Electronic Sports League (ESL), Dreamhack and Gfinity. He is more often than not paired with Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat, also a co-founder of RoomOnFire, for his casts. He is famous for his energetic casts, including the use of what has become his catchphrase, "Are you kidding me?". In 2015, he won the Golden Joystick award for eSports icon of the year.

eSports Commentary[edit]

Blume's entry into commentary stemmed from his dissatisfaction with the commentators at the time he played the game. He was unsatisfied with how they described the game, in particular their failure to acknowledge the use of flashes, smoke, and grenades as a tactical element.[3]

Blume had his first livestreamed cast in January 2013 on a Twitch.tv channel called pugcasts.[4] His popularity grew quickly and he was soon invited to join NiPTV, a branch of the Ninjas in Pyjamas organisation. He began to cast at LAN events soon after. His first event was a local Danish event called the Blast 2013. Soon after this, Anders had his first major break at a large event with his selection as a commentator for DreamHack Summer 2013. At the time, the event had the second highest prize-pool in the game's history. Another commentator at the event, Auguste Massonnat, would go on to become a regular fixture of any NiPTV broadcast. No one would suspect that this duo would turn out to be one of the most successful casting duos in Counter-Strike history.[citation needed] There is rarely an event where one appears without the other.

To date, Anders has been part of the main commentary team for four out of the seven finals at the Valve sponsored majors. As such he was part of the commentary of the match with the highest concurrent viewer count, the final of ESL One Cologne 2015 between Fnatic and Team EnVyUs which hit over 1.3 million online viewers and had around 10,000 people live in the Lanxess Arena.[5]

RoomOnFire[edit]

Room On Fire Logo

In July 2014, Anders officially left NiPTV to build his own brand, RoomOnFire, alongside Semmler. Initially, the only other member of the organization was Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl. In the beginning they ran their own weekly online cups in partnership with Caseking.de called the CaseKing of the Hill. These cups ran weekly featuring a variety of different top teams. The series of cups culminated with an eight team online invitational tournament called the CaseKing of Kings.[6] Among the invited were several of the winners of the previous cups.

The duo of Anders and Semmler signed an exclusivity deal with Twitch.tv in April 2015 as part of a larger acquisition of talent including former NiP player Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson and the current Professional player, Spencer "Hiko" Martin.[7]

Semmler revealed on his personal Ask.fm page that the North American section of the organization was being run by Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett, a Canadian commentator who rose to prominence in early 2015 when PGL brought him out to Bucharest to commentate their Kickoff season.[8]

As a method of raising funds and providing a method for the community to support the organization,[9] together with artists known as Hanzo and Coyote, they uploaded a variety of in-game weapon skins to the Steam Workshop. Since then, two of these items have been added to the game.

In 2015 they stopped organizing their own online cups. This was caused by the large number of other online leagues and offline events that happened throughout the year. Top teams lacked the time to participate due to commitments to other larger, leagues.

Notable Events Attended[edit]

Reputation[edit]

Blume is frequently referred to as the voice of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[4] due to his overwhelming presence as a commentator for the game. Blume has become a figure of interest partially due to his energetic style of casting, in addition to his deliverance of the phrase "Are you kidding me!". So much so that compilations of him saying it have enjoyed mainstream success on YouTube, with as many as over a million views.

Anders picked up the nickname of "The General" after the ESL One Katowice 2015 major due to the large collection of CS:GO related pins he had attached to the blazer he was wearing at the event. People immediately drew similarity between the pins and medals such that a general might have.

Criticisms of his Commentary Style[edit]

Throughout his career Anders has been the target of criticism from hardcore fans of the game directed towards his commentary style.[10] He generally attempts to generate the "hype" in games which has led to the various highlights of his that have gone viral. His critics feel that his over-the-top commentary lacks depth due to him being a relative newcomer to professional scene having never played at that level himself.

Also, in the past he picked up the nickname Anders "141" Blume from the community due to his overuse of the phrase "one-for-one trade" (in Counter-Strike a "one-for-one trade" is an exchange where one player from each team is killed off). Since this, he has responded and has toned down his use of it.

Another complaint from some is that he would often seem to favour one team over another during his commentary, especially NiP. This is drawn from the fact that his breakthrough as a commentator was caused by the Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) organisation.

The game's community is seen as unwelcoming to casters they are not familiar with so over time Blume has begun to gain the respect of his harshest critics.

Personal life[edit]

Blume is currently married and has one son, Walther, born in March 2015. He attended the University of Copenhagen to study physics before transferring to biology and then finally English before eventually dropping out. During this time he also worked part-time on the development of databases for a local company, but did not further this due to the amount of time required by casting.[11] Alongside his indecision in regards to his education, he would also constantly switch between a variety of hobbies and other projects.[12] Blume spoke on esports journalist Richard Lewis's talk-show, Trash Talk, about how he had suffered from Clinical Depression. The growth of his esports career was a leading factor in his recovery.

Early life[edit]

Blume spent his childhood in the small suburb of Farum. His interest in gaming developed at a young age, attending late night Internet cafes with his friends to play Counter-Strike at as young an age as 13 years old. He has since described one train journey home from Copenhagen after one such session in the summer of 1999 to be an especially treasured childhood memory. In his own words, "I think [then] I realized that we really had something with this game."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Milovanovic, Petar. "Anders, Semmler make RoomOnFire". HLTV.org. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Nordmark, Sam. "NiPTV becomes RoomOnFire, interview with Anders 'Anders' Blume about the move". onGamers. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Ehrnberg, Björn (26 November 2014). "Anders Blume: "Next year we will see the game elevate to a whole new level"". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c O'Neill, Patrick Howell. "Meet Anders Blume, the voice of 'Counter-Strike'". The DailyDot. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Rad, Chloi. "27 Million People Watched The Biggest Counter-Strike Tournament Ever". IGN. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Kovanen, Tomi (8 October 2014). "Caseking King of Kings announced". HLTV.org. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Mira, Luis. "Twitch signs CS:GO talent". HLTV.org. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Mira, Luis (9 April 2015). "CCS casters, match-ups revealed". HLTV.org. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  9. ^ O'Conner, Alice (30 January 2015). "Over $57 Million Paid Out To Steam Workshop Creators". Rock Paper Shotgun. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Lewis, Richard. "There's no such thing as too much talent". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Kojadinovic, Vladimir. "Anders Blume: "General Anders will no doubt return"". GosuGamers. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Blume, Anders. "Blog: Choices". HLTV.org. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 

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