The near future is full of uncertainties for the Dota 2 scene when it comes to any kind of tournaments and the currently ongoing OMEGA League will mark Rich Campbell’s last appearance on any official esports broadcast.
Rich announced today, August 26, his decision of leaving behind the hosting and casting career in favor of full-time streaming.
Before being welcomed with open arms by the Dota 2 community, Rich made a name for himself working with Blizzard. His expertise was in hosting and casting World of Warcraft and Call of Duty events and over the years he became one of the most beloved hosts for the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship (AWC). Unfortunately, 2020 went from bad to worse for Rich, as a few months after the coronavirus pandemic put most of the esports tournaments on hold, Blizzard fired Rich allegedly over an outburst during one of his streams where he criticized Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.
Following that streaming session, Rich announced that he was let go by Blizzard stating “I’m no longer going to be a part of the Arena World Championship. It wasn’t my choice, I got the call two or three days ago now. I’m so happy with everything I got to do.”
Ever since he joined the Dota 2 broadcasts, Rich has always displayed a complete admiration for the game and community and has never been shy of showing how pleasantly surprised he is with every tournament he works for. He made his desk hosting debut in Dota 2 in January 2019 with the Chongqing Major and in the same year, he got to host The International 2019.
In just one year, Rich also got to work for two Major and two Minor Valve sponsored tournaments, he was the stage host for ESL One Hamburg 2019 and over the past couple of months he worked for both WePlay! Pushka League and the currently ongoing OMEGA League.