Things have been so busy at RaceSpot HQ that we forgot our 5th Birthday. That’s right. We’ve managed to make it 5 years in Sim Racing broadcasting, and it’s been one crazy journey.
Our first broadcast started late. We had some issues with YouTube that still sometimes haunts us, showing how reliance on third party software is only as good as the capabilities. Despite that, I still remember the broadcast fondly. It was myself and my longtime IndyCar commentating partner Aaron Likens, on a race from Iowa. This was before I had started directing myself, and I remember how we had literally 72 hours to set up and start operations, as we were going to be the GP WCS broadcaster that year.
Back then, Hugo Luis, Co-Founder and one of my closest friends (I’ll get to that later), was still a big name in the GP WCS. Rafael Sanque had made iRacing Brazil a fantastic localised broadcaster and was looking to expand, and the three of us just appeared in a conversation at the right place at the right time. At this point, I was using some masterfull Bulls**t to get things off the ground. I said early that our tagline should be ‘No gimmicks, just awesome broadcasting’, and having that message early on has enabled us to be where we are today.
I’m staggered, looking back at how much RaceSpot has grown. We have been afforded some fantastic opportunities, and somehow, we manage to make things work to bring a fun product to you, our amazing viewer base. When I think of our accomplishments, it’s easy to focus on WCS, however, we have also:
In the last 5 years, I have worked with some amazing, talented people, both behind and in front of the virtual cameras. If I were to list them, I would miss out a few, and they would get angry, so I won’t! What I will say however is that RaceSpot is not about individual commentators, but the teams, the comradery, and the collective vision of just trying to make things happen.
It would be amiss of me to write this piece however without saying a couple of thank yous:
I also want to say thankyou to all the other broadcasters, who we compete with, but are also friends with. We are not the longest established broadcaster. GSRC have that, followed by LSRTV, and I think SimSpeed (Formerly V8s online). Without the support that all these people have provided to us, and the friendly competition, you wouldn’t see half the things you do on broadcasts.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve considered throwing in the towel a few times over the years, however it’s Hugo, our team, and that pursuit for excellence that pushes us forward. We don’t always have things go to plan, and I’ve made a few + a few more mistakes, but the fun of things is the learning, experimenting, and that pursuit for a perfect broadcast. The no hitter. The Grand Slam. We’re close, but still looking.
Thank you everyone for 5 years, here’s to many more.
30 Something year old Academic at Birmingham City University, teaching and researching in the fields of Planning, Decision Making and Professional Development. Moonlighting expert as an Esports Project Manager, Commentator and Brand Manager. Over a decade's experience in commentary, working with major automotive brands and Esports Sim Racing companies.