League of Legends

Sjokz calls out League of Legends fans for "unfair" Ovilee comparisons

Published: 11/Apr/2019 15:52

by Matt Porter


Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere has criticized League of Legends fans who made unfair comparisons between herself and fellow LoL broadcaster Ovilee May.

Both Olivee and Sjokz are well-known among fans of League of Legends esports, as both are part of the broadcast teams for some of the biggest LoL competitions in the world.

Sjokz is regularly featured as part of the CS:GO broadcasts, while Ovilee performs interviewing duties on LCS presentations in North America.

Riot GamesSjokz regularly appears on League of Legends broadcasts.

Sjokz annoyed by Ovilee comparisons

In an interview with Daily Esports, Sjokz was asked about comparisons made between herself and Ovilee, with many calling Ovilee ‘Sjokz #2’ when she first appeared as part of LCS programming, something which the Belgian didn’t like.

“It’s a bit unfair,” stated Sjokz. “I always get compared to Ovilee, or rather Ovilee always gets compared to me, which I actually think is a bit unfair.

“I hated when Ovilee started out and people were like “Oh, it’s NA Sjokz!” She doesn’t care, but I was like, no, it’s Ovilee! She doesn’t have to be a copy of me. She’s completely different and awesome in her own way. Now people get that; it didn’t take long because she is awesome.”

Riot GamesSjokz says LCS broadcaster Ovilee is “awesome.”

No issues between Sjokz and Ovilee

Sjokz also revealed that she felt that fans were perhaps attempting to create a rivalry between the pair, with Sjokz saying: “I think people try and make women more catty against each other than we are most of the time. I wouldn’t say I wasn’t threatened, because you’re always threatened if someone comes in and does a similar job to you.”

The pair share a good relationship though, with Sjokz saying that the pair help each other out when they can, while in a Reddit comment, Ovilee wrote that Sjokz is “the best role model any girl could ask for. She has always been eager to help me with the dumbest questions and shares advice that no one else can provide.”

The Spring Splits for both North America and Europe are scheduled to finish on April 13 and 14 respectively, with both Ovilee and Sjokz expected to return to broadcasting duties at the Mid-Season Invitational in May.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.