Matthew Trivett makes career out of video game announcing

A New Brunswick native makes his living doing play-by-play for live video game competitions.

In 2015, Matthew Trivett travelled to Romania, Sweden and the U.S. announcing video game tournaments

Matthew Trivett began doing video game play-by-play in 2013. Since then he's travelled to Romania, the United States and Sweden. (Facebook)

A New Brunswick man has made a career out of announcing live video game tournaments around the world.

Matthew Trivett has spent 2015 travelling the United States, Sweden and Romania doing play-by-play. 

"In a growing demographic of younger people, there's less and less watching TV and traditional media. They're online watching video games," said Trivett.

He works for the first person shooter video game Counter-Strike, which has been around since 1999.

"In many respects it's pretty close to rivaling some real sports … it's not hockey in Canada per se but it's got a 55 million annual subscription viewer base," said Trivett.

He got his start in 2007 when he moved to Halifax to play hockey. He spent his downtime playing video games.

He began announcing the games for fun and then realized that he wasn't bad at it.

He got asked in 2013 to announce a video game tournament in Halifax.

"Last year I got asked to go to the X Games because it included video games then I was sent overseas to Romania pretty much right after that."

With the arrival of a streaming media people can watch live tournaments online.

Just like hockey announcers, Trivett must learn the playing styles, history and bios of all the competitors.

"It is very similar to  the NHL announcers. If a player gets subbed in for a team I have to know their history their style. Most people doing what I'm doing are focusing on one game."

"It's a full-time job. There are media responsibilities outside the game, teams coming to us asking us  to do promotional content."

Trevitt says on the pro video gaming scene there are about 20 teams playing full time around the world and about 200 players playing full time as a career.


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