News

Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner to step down from his position at ESL

Johannes Schiefer
Director of Branding & Publishing
Share this article:
After two and a half years of creating amazing esports together with ESL, today we announce that, as of the beginning of April this year, Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner will be stepping down from his position at ESL to pursue new opportunities. As one of the true veterans of esports, it has been a great pleasure to have him as a part of countless events and to have helped shape esports together.

Shedding some light on his move away from hosting and commentating and the new direction he is taking is Paul himself:

"I have, for a number of months now, been considering my future and my role within esports. I am just as passionate and enthusiastic as I was back in 2002 when I first took up the mic, but after more than 175 events around the globe and 13 years, I felt the time was right to step down from hosting and commentating esports events.

My time with ESL came at a point in my life where all of the bricks fell into place and they offered me the chance to do the things I loved doing. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity given to me by good friends such as Ralf Reichert, Tobias Grieser and Sven Hoffmann. My time at ESL has seen enormous growth, not only for esports but for ESL too, and I'd like to think I played a small role in some of that.
 
One of the many reasons this was such a hard decision is because I have had the true pleasure of working with some of the finest minds in esports over the last two and half years. Working alongside Michal Blicharz, James Lampkin and Oliver Lossef among many, many talented people has been a real honour and I have learned a great deal from them.
 
I am also very proud of the team of commentators and hosts that I have worked with, not just the talented bunch of casters at ESL, but all of those around the world.
 
It has also been my pleasure to work for some of the biggest names in esports, and I have ESL to thank for that.
 
My decision to step down and move on has been easily one of the hardest, if not THE hardest decision I have ever had to make, but comes at a time where I was made an offer to do something else in esports that would still allow me to contribute but in a different way, and this will be announced soon. I am not leaving esports, but it is the right time, I feel, to do something different.
 
ESL has been a family for me. We've shared some amazing stories over the last few years, incredible events that I have been privileged to put together or host or commentate on, and while the front-facing part always looks the business, there has been some incredible work in the background too, and so to everyone at ESL I have worked with, through good and bad moments, I just want to say thank you and keep on rocking."


Joe Miller, editor in chief at ESL TV, said of Paul’s departure:

"It was fantastic to once again link up with Paul at ESL after our paths had crossed many times in the past. I’m incredibly happy for him that he has found a position that he feels will help to take his already decorated career to the next level.

Obviously this means that we will lose one of our highly talented team members, but the search for a new top-tier host has already started here at ESL.

In the meantime, we have reached out to other highly talented hosts such as Chobra and Smix, among others, to cover the events that are coming in the near future.

2015 is shaping up to be the most exciting year yet for ESL yet, and I look forward to sharing it with you all!"


At ESL we are fully understanding of Paul’s decision and want to wholly support him during the transition to new challenges. As a company, we wish him success in all his future endeavours - thank you for helping us to create some truly legendary esports moments!