Interview with ESL’s Mustard sheds light on USA/EU differences, and brings commentary insight

By on August 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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If you follow the Mortal Kombat scene at all, you must have heard of Ketchup and Mustard, two commentators who work with ESL. While the duo produces a lot of content, People Playing Games took the opportunity to turn the mic toward them and learn more. Jake “Mustard” Neal goes into his fighting game origins, commentary work, and partnering with ESL.

The interview starts out with a brief talk about Evo and commentating there, as Ketchup and Mustard had the opportunity to man the mics during pool matches. Mustard expands about the cultural differences between European and American events. Other than Evo, they had an opportunity to go to Combo Breaker this year as well. Scope and size is the defining difference, according to Mustard.

The segments cover Mustard’s first, favorite (it’s not Mortal Kombat!), and most hated games. They also go into how Mustard got into the fighting game scene and his initial tournament experiences. You’ll also find out where the names “Ketchup” and “Mustard” came from. It’s a valuable interview especially for those who want to get more into commentating.

Listen to the full interview below:

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Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.