South African-born Neo Caine (@ne0kai) is a 20-year-old studying history and economics at Loughborough University. His biggest esports achievement to date is becoming a paid caster for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Valorant.
How did you first become interested in esports?
Well, my dad was actually the big gamer in our house and I actually got into playing through him. For most of my childhood, I was the sporty kid playing football and volleyball and gaming was just something fun on the side that I could do with my dad. It wasn’t until I got my Nintendo DS that I’d heard of competitive gaming. I remember playing Pokemon and then discovering that you could compete against people around the world to make the leaderboards. Years later, I got into FIFA and started playing with friends. I knew that FIFA was such a big game and there were so many opportunities to get into it competitively but it was just a bit of fun for me and my friends so I never went down that route. Once I’d saved up enough money to buy my first proper gaming PC however, I got into Counter-Strike and that was the first-ever game that I started competing in.
“Being sociable is what took me from being an average CSGO watcher and player to commentating on CSGO games”
Which esports games do you enjoy playing the most?
Counter-Strike is definitely my top game! Whether it’s playing, casting, or watching, that is always my go-to game. I would also say Valorant to a degree but in my personal opinion, nothing can compare to counter strike!
What would you say are your top skills?
I would say that I’m very sociable and in a community like the esports world, this is something that you definitely need to be. I would even go as far as saying that being sociable is what took me from being an average CSGO watcher and player to commentating on CSGO games as I got the opportunity through someone I had previously reached out to. I’m also really good when it comes to meeting new people but I think I’ve picked that up through streaming.
What is your dream job within esports?
I’ve thought about this quite a bit actually, there are a few things I would love to do within esports. Commentating definitely, if that could go further for me and I could start commentating on some big events that would be incredible. I’d love to be commentating no matter the game. Another career option for me would be something to do with financing as that’s one of the things I study, if I could tie in my degree with my hobby and maybe work on something like the financing team of an esports organisation or tournament that would also be pretty cool too. Talking to sponsors, consulting on decisions to make that, kind of thing.