West Ham United stars Andriy Yarmolenko, Robert Snodgrass and Ryan Fredericks all made an appearance for Betway as the company hosted a special event at the BLAST Premier studio in London earlier this year.
The trio were handed a rather contrasting challenge compared to what they would normally have to undergo, with the three having to try their hand at commentating.
Commentating on CS:GO
Although an assumption of commentating on a football match might have been first thought of, the three Hammers stars were in fact having to provide their own voices to a number of different clips involving the ever-popular esports industry, with CS:GO the game of choice.
Yarmolenko, Snodgrass and Fredericks were all handed the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from a master, with Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat having been given the role of teacher and leader.
Fortunately, Yarmolenko and Fredericks appeared to know what was going on in regards to the gameplay they were witnessing as they had both admitted that they had played Counter-Strike in some capacity – with the Ukrainian stating that he was not very good at it whilst the English full-back’s argument with a teenager whilst playing online was exposed by team-mate Snodgrass.
The Scotland international, though, has plenty of experience of adding his own voice to video clips, as he has produced a number of different videos that accompanied some amateur football footage showcasing his own commentary skills
West Ham’s stars were provided with two classic clips from the game in which they needed to give their own take on the action that was happening in front of their eyes. These clips featured the Coldzera ‘Jumping Double AWP’ play and the iconic Happy Deagle ace on Inferno.
Snodgrass and Fredericks impress
Whilst Yarmolenko’s efforts were not shown in the first of the two videos to have been uploaded, it would be safe to say that ‘Semmler’ was impressed with what he had witnessed and heard from the footballers.
The experienced esports commentator noted Snodgrass’ previous experience of being able to immerse himself in the role, as he highlighted the Scot’s enthusiasm, passion and energy in the words that he was speaking.
‘Semmler’ also commented on how impressed he was with Frederick’s ability and stated that he felt that the defender had “nailed it”, whilst praising the Ukrainian for his efforts; perhaps as English is not his first language.
West Ham will need their stars to be at their best next season
West Ham and David Moyes will be desperate the players will be able to produce some top-quality moments on the pitch along with their team-mates next season, as they will be keen to avoid being stuck in a relegation battle for Premier League survival once again.
If they are not at their very best, they might find it incredibly difficult to replicate the end of season performances they had next year, as Project Restart perhaps played a significant role in how things turned out at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Matches at the London Stadium could certainly prove to be a difference-maker.