Who is CatsPajamas?! The most epicly bearded caster in ESPORTS! Also known as Kevin Knocke, Cats, and the proud owner of two cats.
In his own words:
"I primarily played FPS/RPG games as a kid with a healthy dose of adventure games for flavor. While I screwed around in Brood War, it was more fun for a 10 year old kid to play turret defense than league matches. But, despite not playing much, I held a special place in my heart for it and was excited for the release of Starcraft 2. It wasn't much long after that my friend introduced me to Team Liquid and I started watching the best players in the world compete. So, despite being an RTS noob, I set out to play the game as intended, no more turret defense for me It was shortly thereafter that I started watching the major casters. Day dailies, especially, took me from a gold level player to diamond in under 100 matches.
As I got further into the game, I started finding out about the wonderful world of esports casting. I was introduced to Ipp, Raelcun, TheGunrun, Tasteless, Artosis, Psy, HD, Husky, and others in a very short period of time. Given the fact that I had three years radio experience and was going to school for a masters in communication, I thought it appropriate to give casting a try. Thus, I established a stream here and began my adventure." (1)
Before Cats was hired by IGN to cast the IPL, he worked hard to build his reputation as a caster by holding weekly Masters and Open KOTHs. His small stream following was quite close, and often able to observe the KOTH games. He held viewer replay night as well, and allowed his viewers the opportunity to co-cast a game of theirs with him.
The story of how he got hired by IGN in his own words:
"The story was this: At MLG Dallas 2011, the players could hear the commentary, so there was actually no live casting for the crowd because they had to shut it down. During Kiwikaki vs Idra, I ended up sitting next to David Ting, General Manager of the eSports division of IGN. It started with him asking me questions about the match, but it ended up that I starting casting/giving insight the entire match. Apparently he was impressed, and a few days later he asked me to work on some IPL projects."
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His stream is here, but he doesn't use it so often now because he casts so many games for work.
This thread created for the purpose of honor, guts, and glory.
(1) - http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=181418