Interview with Bade, Valorant Journalist & Esports/Music manager
Yoann: Hey, hello everyone! Today I’m with Bade, Valorant journalist and manager! How would you introduce yourself?
Bade: Hey! I’m a 17-year-old high school senior working as a writer and manager in the esports scene. I’m currently a Writer for Valorant Tracker and the Music Manager for Team EQX.
Yoann: That’s great! When and how did you get into esports?
Bade: I started off as a fan of esports in 2019 by watching Fortnite tournaments. In 2020 During the Covid pandemic, Valorant came out and I quickly fell in love with both watching and playing the game. One thing led to another and I started writing my own previews and recaps for tournaments, as well as roster reports. I was a part of NOM Esports as a Writer and later part of the Management team with Catalyst Esports. In December of 2022, I joined Valorant Tracker as a Valorant Esports Writer. Most recently, I joined Team EQX to lead their Music division.
Yoann: Can you tell us more about your role working for Valorant Tracker?
Bade: I’m responsible for all of the written esports content. Meaning, that I write articles ranging from roster reports and news updates to longer articles like interviews and player or team stories. Those are my personal favorites!
Yoann: That’s interesting! You are also a manager, what can you tell us about that?
Bade: I’ve been a manager for a few orgless Valorant rosters in the past, and that was a pretty good experience, as well as being part of the Management at Catalyst Esports.
With them, I helped with daily operations, including recruitment, social media management, community management, and more. I'm currently the Music Manager for Team EQX. I can’t say much about what I’m doing as of now, but expect an announcement soon!
Yoann: Oh, that’s amazing! What would be your dream job in esports?
Bade: I’d love to work for a big esports organization or company and work in the media or writing department. Working for Valorant in some capacity would also be insane!
Yoann: That’s for sure! Who are your favorite teams in each region?
Bade: I really enjoy watching 100 Thieves in North America, Team Vitality from EMEA, and Paper Rex in the Pacific region.
I really enjoy watching 100 Thieves in the Americas, Team Vitality in EMEA, and Paper Rex in the Pacific.
Yoann: Great! Let’s now move on to the quick questions part, I will ask you ten quick questions, and you’ll have to answer as fast as possible, ready?
Yoann: Phantom or Vandal?
Yoann: What’s your favorite map?
Yoann: Who’s your favorite agent?
Yoann: What’s your favorite skin collection?
Bade: Prelude to Chaos!
Yoann: Nice! How would you describe your last Night Market in a few words?
Bade: Trash haha!
Yoann: Haha! Who are your favorite players of all time?
Bade: Alive, Derke and Demon1!
Yoann: Can you name the 8 teams that won an international event?
Bade: I can try… OpTic, LOUD, FNATIC, Gambit, Acend, and EG are all I remember.
Yoann: The last two are Sentinels and FPX!
How often do you play Valorant in your free time?
Bade: Usually every night for a couple of hours and mostly with friends, makes it more fun!
Yoann: Nice! What kind of music do you listen to while working?
Bade: Usually pop and R&B. Riensu, Meanty, Maxrrss, and Yoku are just a few. Big shoutout to them!
Yoann: Can you quote a voice line from your favorite agent, Jett?
Bade: “Watch this”!
Yoann: Haha great! Let’s now get back to the standard questions.
What are your hobbies or passions aside from gaming?
Bade: I really like to read books and learn about interesting topics that aren’t taught in school. I’m also a huge fan of music and sports.
Yoann: What would you change to Valorant if you were a developer?
Bade: I’d bring Prime Chamber back!
Yoann: Wow, that’s a controversial one! What are your short and long-term ambitions?
Bade: I hope to accomplish as much in esports as I possibly can while I’m still in high school. In terms of writing, I would really like to step up my game as a journalist. More articles and fresh ideas would be my short-term goal for that.
As for the long term, staying in the esports scene would be a dream come true, so just making connections and continuing to pick up skills would be really good!
Yoann: That would be awesome! What would you say to someone aspiring to work in esports?
Bade: Try to make yourself and what you do unique, as well as try to capitalize on every opportunity possible.
Speaking from experience, it’s extremely hard to get noticed in the beginning, but if you keep working and making yourself known, people will begin to take notice of you. Capitalizing off of that is also super important. Take advantage of every opportunity possible!
Yoann: Of course! Is there anything else you would like to say?
Bade: First off, I’d like to thank you for the interview! Being on the opposite side of one is definitely nice for once. And just to repeat what I said before really, don't shy away from chasing your dreams. If you have an idea or wanna try something, go for it.
Yoann: That’s awesome, thank you so much for your time, and I wish you the best in the future!
Bade: Thank you!