TEN:011 | Podcasting in the Esports and Gaming Industry with Sam Han
Sam is the Creator of the The League of Legends Anonymous Podcast and The WeldonCast. He is Documenting his journey of getting into the esports industry through podcasting.
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Time Stamped Show Notes
- [1:40] Fill in any gaps I left out and tell us a little bit about the LOLA podcast
- [1:45] Sam has been playing league of legends for a while and he liked talking about it so he joined the Sarcastic Summoners Podcast and it didn’t work out that well so he decided to start his own podcast
- [2:12] He started the League of Legends Anonymous Podcast where he focuses on creating entertaining and educational content about LoL
- [2:48] Started working with Weldon Green on his podcast about esports player performance
- [3:58] Then, about two episodes in right now, Sam is hosting the The Grind Podcast by Ever Esports, which is all about the amateur esports scene
- [5:10] What is the moose antlers all about?
- [5:13] The first April 1st episode they had they rebranded to the League of Legends Anonymoose Podcast
- [5:40] It kind of stuck and the moose became their unofficial mascot
- [6:32] What is esports?
- [7:10] Video games was always one of those things that Sam really loved but it was always frowned upon growing up
- [8:08] Gamers are one of the most passionate people on this earth, their such a passionate community
- [9:45] Worst moment in esports?
- [9:53] Every other month Sam says he hits a low point
- [10:28] Although sam has produced content and made connections he doesn’t see himself as a “professional in esports” yet. He is still hustling and working at it
- [11:27] It’s definitely not the path of least resistance and you have ups and downs when you’re grinding away
- [13:50] Biggest accomplishment?
- [13:53] Finishing season 1 of the Weldon Green Podcast and making the connection with Weldon was huge
- [16:15] When did you start seeing feedback on your show?
- [16:30] Sam thinks when it comes to the gaming audience he thinks they are more on YouTube then listening to podcasts
- [16:35] When they started putting the show on YouTube then they started getting more comments and feedback
- [17:10] Weldon shared some advice with Sam, he told him to not take the criticism too harshly and think about how well you are reaching your audience
- [18:44] Why is esports so exciting?
- [18:46] The thing Sam loves is that it’s growing and he wishes he jumped on it and found his passion for it and capitalized on it earlier
- [20:22] Knowing that if you’re a part of the esports scene you could have a really big impacted is really exciting
- [21:30] 5 Question Combo Breaker
- [21:35] Best advice someone has ever given you? Patience. Sam says his ambition is big and his goals are big and that is going require a ton of patience
- [22:05] What does the esports industry needs to grow and continue to be successful? They need people that are really passionate that are willing to dive into the deep end to do what they think is risky but things they are passionate about
- [22:54] Best play you have seen or the most memorable moment in esports? Fnatic vs SK – Season 2 – XPeke backdoor – He wins the game by himself in a base race
- [23:55] Share a resource that’s been beneficial to you in your career. Twitter is huge and networking is huge
- [26:15] What’s one daily habit that’s been the biggest factor for your success? Waking up early was a really great habit that Sam hasn’t been doing as of late but maybe trying to get back to it
- [28:30] What does it take to be successful in starting an esports podcast and host?
- [29:00] Success is defined differently by everyone don’t use someone else’s definition
- [30:40] You really need to commit and do something. There’s nothing wrong with failure or starting something and stopping. The hardest part is just getting started
- [31:30] Don’t worry if you’re not good enough, if you can make people feel comfortable and welcomed and make a good environment you can do it
There’s no shortage of places to catch up with Sam. Here is where you can engage with him.
Sam’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/justcasual9
Sam’s Instagram – https://instagram.com/justcasual9
Sam’s Youtube – https://youtube.com/rawringazn
League of Legends Anonymous Website – https://lolapodcast.com
LOLA Twitter – https://twitter.com/lolapodcast
The Weldon Green Podcast – https://soundcloud.com/weldongreen
The Grind – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbM_6wZquRd-xQntiSPb_c3Z-whV_4TMH
3 Big Narratives
- Gamers are one of the most passionate people on this earth, their such a passionate community
- Success is defined differently by everyone don’t use someone else’s definition
- You really need to commit and do something. There’s nothing wrong with failure or starting something and stopping. The hardest part is just getting started