|Date Posted:||Sunday 27th June, 2010||Author:||Ej|
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Toby wan joined Gamestah in 2006 after being heard by Sentinal and encouraged to apply. Toby orignially came into the casting world through Call of Duty and Call of Duty:United Offensive. I recall hearing a young man with a real keeness in his voice. You could tell from these days that while very raw and unpolished, toby had potential. During 2006 Gamestah was invited to return to the World Cyber Games Asian Championships, with Defence of the Ancients (Dota) one of the main titles being played. Gamestah at that time were predominantly casting shooter titles and we needed someone who could commentate Dota. The call went out and Toby responded.
It was at this first event we took Toby to, that we saw the huge potential that was to be unleashed over the coming years. It was late on the final day of a four day event, and the Dota Grand Final was about to commence. Now whilst we had taken toby over to cover dota, the organisers wanted to use some local talent for the dota final. Knowing this Toby had headed off to try and match Glimmers appeal with the booth Babes. Well the local talent didnt show for the final, and with five minutes to start time, we had to find Toby. I found him at the intel booth and we dragged him backstage. I said to Toby “The locals have bailed, you have to cast the Grand final” Toby almost gave birth, then walked throught the curtain to the main stage sat down in front a few thousand people, two teams on the stage and cast a cracker of a grand final.
Toby returned from Singapore still focused on Call of Duty commentating, but the world needed dota casters. With encouragement Toby continued to learn the game and hone his commentary skills across Dota. Over the next four years he developed a casting style that has seen him become one of the worlds leading e-sports commentators. When you listen to Toby in full swing, its almost impossible not to get excited with him. Toby has put in the time, effort and hours, including regularly casting at 3am to meet the requests for coverage from his fans.
Toby enjoyed great sucsess at Gamestah, he was one of the pioneers, along with Ej, Glimmer and BoB who paved the way for Gamestah casting to leave the shores of Australia and been seen live across the world. During his time at Gamestah Toby travelled to Singapore (x2), Malaysia (x2), New Zealand and Sweeden. He also appeared on BigLeague TV during 2009, commentating the Dota competition from Melbourne. Toby has also contributed a lot to the local Lan scene in Australia with regular apprearance at Lansmash, Gencon and WCG events. Toby also holds the record for most watched cast, and dominates the top 10 most watch casts of all time at Gamestah. He is also a member of the Gamestah 100 club.
Today Toby leaves Gamestah to pursue his dreams for e-sports commentary on the world stage. We wish him every success and happiness as he goes for his goals.
Good luck and watch out world.