Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez was overcome with emotion while watching the Overwatch League Finals back during a recent Twitch stream.
The veteran of esports commentary hosted the $1.7 million playoffs, which aired live on ESPN, and teared up when the enormity of how far he’s come hit him.
The former Halo and Call of Duty commentator asked “how many times does a kid from the hood get to realize his dreams? Ya know?”
The likable personality proceeded to make an impassioned speech about his career in esports and how hosting such a prestigious event on a channel like ESPN was all he ever wanted:
“I think that’s what makes this so special,
“I grew up in a single family household, my mother taking care of us and my father.. Ya know, they didn’t get along,
“I always wanted to do this, this was my dream, this was it. This is all I ever wanted. And then to be on prime time ESPN with the name Alex Mendez, I just hope that there is a kid in the hood somewhere that sees this and says ‘I could do it too’. That’s what I want. That’s my dream.”
The 30-year-old presenter is one of the longest serving members of the esports community and has worked for a number of different companies, covering multiple games, during that tenure.
However, Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League has pushed the boundaries of what the epsorts community has seen in the past, with incredible production value, prime time slots on ESPN and more. Goldenboy clearly feels blessed to be a part of all of that.
London Spitfire won the first ever Overwatch League Grand Final, defeating Philadelphia Fusion and netting an impressive $1 million in the process. Goldenboy was joined by a host of esports veterans on the English broadcast, including Chris Puckett, Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles, Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat and Matthew ‘Mr X’ Morello.