Hi-Rez launches casting talent reality show

The worlds of reality TV and casting have collided with the launch of a new weekly show from SMITE developer Hi-Rez.

Called ‘The Caster’, the series sees ten contestants competing with one another for the chance to cast during 2018’s Hi-Rez Expo, where the World Championships for both SMITE and Paladins will be taking place. There’s also a $10,000 prize up for grabs.

As is typical for the reality TV format, contestants must each week compete at a given task, with a panel of judges deciding which is to be given the boot at the end of the episode. The overall winner will be decided by viewer vote and announced on November 12th at an event broadcast from Hi-Rez Studios’ esports arena in Alpharetta, Georgia.

The series debuted earlier this month, with the first three episodes now available. A further five episodes are yet to be released. Each one premieres on Twitch on a Wednesday, hitting YouTube the following day.

“We have run talent search programs in the past, but ‘The Caster’ has been a chance to really help cultivate and bring along new and talented commentators,” Hi-Rez esports manager show judge Graham ‘Hinduman’ Hadfield said.

“Our esports department handles many different games and different commentary styles, from SMITE to Paladins to Hand of the Gods, and our goal was to give up-and-coming commentators an opportunity to show what they can do in front of a global audience utilizing their special skills.”

You can watch episode one below:

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