Call of Duty
Call of Duty loses popular caster after drunk argument at graduation party bar
Caster Loviel “Velly” Cardwell worked for Activision Blizzard for 6 months commentating on Call of Duty Pro League games. Now he has given up his job: The background is a bizarre incident that is described as a “drunken bar fight”. Another drunk caster tried to settle the argument, but only made things worse.
Who is this?
- Loviel “Velly” Cardwell is an early Gears of War pro player who has been in another esports capacity since 2020.
- He has been working as a caster and analyst for shooter games like Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant since September 2021. Cardwell has been working his way up, starting in a $10,000 tournament in Valorant but slowly building up.
- From January 2022 he commentated on the games of the professional league on Call of Duty, a “huge job” for him, as he himself writes. Now he was commenting on games where $500,000 was at stake. He was well-loved by fans: some say he really upgraded the cast, making them more relaxed and less awkward.
Many hope that Call of Duty will experience an upswing again with the new titles:
Caster surprisingly resigns in the middle of the season
The news got people thinking: On July 23, the Call of Duty League said it had accepted Cardwell’s resignation and wished him the best.
That was unexpected since it was mid-season (via twitter).
A caster in e-sports is something like a sports commentator in classic sports. He comments on and analyzes what is happening in the game and tries to convey to the viewers what is happening in the match – at the same time the caster wants to create a good atmosphere and spice up the game emotionally.
It says: The incident happened after the actual event at the “post-event” celebration. Apparently the pro players and members of the Broadcasts team were already indulging themselves by then. They are described as “drunk”.
There is no video footage of the incident, but there is an eyewitness account by a well-known professional player that some witnesses have agreed with, so it appears to be correct. Crimsix says (via twitter):
- There were 3 casters involved in the incident – all were already drunk.
- Apparently, there was a drunken bar fight between two friends that “went lousy, but not totally lousy.” One of the friends was Cardwell. The argument was heated, but people were apparently still “cool” with each other.
- Then a third caster came along who tried to settle this argument: This third caster only made things a lot worse.
- The Caster 3 held Cardwell by the arms and the two yelled in each other’s faces. Now it was about a push against Caster 3 by Cardwell, which Crimsix didn’t see.
- The Caster 3 freaked out trying to calm the situation and threatened Velly to report him for assault – the argument grew heated. Then Crimsix and other pro players would have stepped in and resolved the situation.
I was probably the most sober that night because I was stuck on the F1 simulator for 3 hours. From my point of view, this was a drunken bar fight that everyone would have forgotten about in the morning because it was totally stupid.
After the termination, Caster is proud to have “confessed himself”.
This is how the caster reacts:
The caster himself says that during the argument, two friends talked and argued with each other like “cousins” or “brothers”.
Then suddenly a “larger person” attacked him, which “escalated” the situation.
Being touched went against the grain of Cardwell. He is not someone who fights. He’s not that type of guy, he doesn’t have time for that. So he resigned.
The caster doesn’t see the fault in himself. He’s not a wild guy who messes with people, he says on Twitch.
This person, whose name is not given, laid hands on him without any reason. The person had already come into the situation aggressively.
However, the caster is apparently ok with his decision to quit. He says:
Leaving a HUGE job in industry isn’t easy, but I’m glad I stood up for myself.
I’m pretty good at what I do and I won’t let such a small situation get me down.
According to messages shared by Cardwell, he resigned because he “didn’t want to work in a hostile environment any longer.” He would prefer to “retire quietly.”
He also says he has such confidence in his own ability that he didn’t want to risk anyone’s job when he announced his resignation. Apparently, Cardwell is sure to find another job soon:
How is this discussed?
There’s general disappointment that they lost such a good caster in Cardwell to such a strange situation, for which he doesn’t seem to be much to blame.
There’s a lot of debate as to who the “evil Caster 3” is that caused the trouble.
No one can quite imagine who the aggressive person is supposed to be. A European caster is named as a suspect – but others say: He’s as soft as butter, you can’t imagine that.
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This is behind it:
The video game industry has always been seen as a bit “wild” and “unprofessional,” but having a drink at a party and having an argument at a bar isn’t in and of itself something special now that just needs to happen in gaming. In such a situation, conflicts break out, which often ferment even when sober.
Cardwell’s immediate resignation response appears to be a drastic step in any case. One can only hope that he has thought this through carefully.
From the outside, it sounds more like the third person who meddles in a fight between friends and threatens to sue deserves a snub from Activision Blizzard.
But when you’re drunk at the bar, rarely does anything happen that you’re proud of afterward: