West Ham United trio Andriy Yarmolenko, Robert Snodgrass and Ryan Fredericks made a surprise appearance to commentate on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gameplay.
Betway hosted a special event at the BLAST Premier studio in London earlier this year where the Premier League stars tried their hand at commentating. While they would have been more comfortable commentating on a football game, Yarmalenko, Snodgrass and Fredricks had a blast talking about the ever-popular esports industry and CS:GO.
Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat, the ‘master’, was there to guide and lead Yarmolenko, Snodgrass and Fredericks. He gave them a quick run down on how the game works and what to look out for when casting.
But, Yarmalenko and Fredricks seemed to be knowing the technicalities of the gameplay and they both admitted that they gave played the game before. After the lesson, the footballers were up for action.
Two clips of the gameplay were shown to the West Ham players. They were required to observe the gameplay and form opinions and commentate the same. These two classic clips featured the Coldzera ‘Jumping Double AWP’ play and the iconic Happy Deagle ace on Inferno.
Snodgrass and Fredericks impressed everyone with their oratory skills while Yarmolenko’s efforts were not shown. Snodgrass, who went up first, appeared to manage it with ease, expressing plenty of energy and enthusiasm with his words. After all he does have the experience of providing his own commentary on a number of videos in recent times.
Fredricks also appeared to be having fun with his commentary task and really turned the heat up with some great one-line remarks.
West Ham endured a difficult season in England although they did take their escape from relegation as a small win. With the budget of the team, though, the result was quote disappointing for fans and pundits alike. David Moyes, on his part, will be desperate to prove that he is still worthy to be a manager in the Premier League.
The upcoming season will be way more challenging. There was literally no off season due the coronavirus pandemic, the pre-season has been hurried and players might not have had enough time to recover. Yarmalenko, Snodgrass and Fredricks are key members of the squad and Moyes will expect them to be in the pink of their health. West Ham fans will be hoping for a better season, possibly one in which they can finish inside the top-10 and not have to worry about relegation battles.