Paul Chaloner (aka ReDeYe) is a host, commentator, presenter and voice over artist predominantly featuring video games and technology.
Paul has travelled the world in more than a decade of experience covering almost every major esports tournament. He has also worked on mainstream television, taken part in radio shows, presented in sporting stadiums and world class theaters, hosted his own shows, been a panelist, an expert, an ambassador and even presented a rock show and commentated on more than fifty game titles.
He’s also worked with some of the biggest names in show business including Kim Kardashian, Cheryl Cole, Macy Gray, Brody Jenner, Jessica Alba, Ted Stryker, Dave Berry and Emma Willis.
His notable TV appearances have included Sky Sports, Sky One, DirecTV, EuroSport, ESPN and he has worked with almost every major game publisher in the world, among them Blizzard, Activision, Valve, Ubisoft, iD software, Epic Games and EA.
The early years of gaming
Although Paul broke in to the more prominent professional scene of competitive gaming in 2002, he was a gamer long before that. As far back as the dawn of home computing in fact. His step father bought a Dragon 32 in the early 80’s and Paul was hooked on Donkey Kong, Frogger and space invaders. Early trips to the local arcade also drew a fascination with racing games and beatem’ ups and time on the Vic 20, CBM64 and the spectrum gave him a wide and passionate penchant for games of all ilk.
When he was able to buy his own, first an Atari ST and then an Amiga introduced him to the world of racing sims, football games like Sensible World of Soccer and his first real love Championship Manager.
By the mid nineties however, he’d found first person shooters, first by the way of Doom on the work PC and then Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64. Once a PC was purchased however, there was no looking back thanks to QuakeWorld and then Duke Nukem 3D.
With the advent of the internet, Paul was one of the first online players in the UK, even though it was horrifically expensive to stay online for even an hour and as internet speeds got faster and PC’s improved he found himself hooked on Unreal Tournament, eventually playing at a high level and winning lan tournaments and online cups like Clanbase’s prestigious Eurocup. He’d also play and then captain the UK team before hanging up his competitive mouse with a final lan victory over Zaccubus and Garpy in a 2v2 CTF final.
The early years of broadcasting
In 2002, whilst playing top level Unreal Tournament, Paul was asked by a ClanBase admin by the name of Yashman if he would help out and do some coverage for the cup by way of “shoutcasting” a few games. Paul initially had no idea what it was or how to set it up, but once he was shown, he was hooked. Starting off with less than 50 listeners (it was on internet radio back then!) he built up a trusty and popular following until he was asked in late 2004 to join one of the major shoutcasting stations at the time, Inside The Game (iTG) by Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham and Alison Suttles.
From 2005 to late 2006, Paul worked alongside djWHEAT, TosspoT, Rome, NiceGuyEd, Lun, Syn, SirScoots, Bunny, Tasteless, WackSteven and many others around the world on some of the major tournaments of the day including World Cyber Games grand finals, Cyberathlete Professional League, Quakecon and the Electronic Sports World Cup.
In 2007, Paul, with help from Oliver Aldridge, a long time friend and technical genius, set up QuadV. The company would go on to pull in some of the best talent the UK had to offer with Paul working alongside Joe Miller, Leigh “Deman” Smith and Stuart “TosspoT” Saw among others. QuadV slowly but surely built up a reputation for delivering video streams from major tournaments as Paul continued to attend the majors.
The CGS and mainstream TV breakthrough
It was also in 2007 that Paul got a call from Neil Porter, producer on the Championship Gaming Series and was asked to attend a test at a Los Angeles movie theatre alongside djWHEAT. Between them, they pulled off a live commentary in front of the legendary, Emmy award winning producer Mike Burkes, so much so that it persuaded him to produce the CGS shows live to TV rather than as they had previously done and recorded and edited before airing. He also got the chance to be one of the hosts for a live show shot at the Playboy Mansion as part of the CGS draft season one.Paul ReDeYe Chaloner at the Playboy mansion 2007
Over the course of 2 years, Paul commentated and hosted on the shows airing three times a week and live in HD across the DirecTV station 101 at peak time. More than 100 shows were produced before the league and the TV show were shut down in 2008 and Paul featured on every single one of them, including all of those shot in the UK for Sky One and Sky Sports and those aired on Eurosport across Europe. He was also the first ever esports personality to receive an O-1 VISA from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, something which is extremely hard to obtain.
Paul also worked on TV in the UK with Xleague and Pulse as well as being involved in several shows which aired on other Sky channels and Bravo throughout this period.
With the recession in late 2008 however came a period of upheaval in the esports world and Paul was given a role with Heaven Media and continued to do events around the world in his spare time. By 2010 however, life had changed and Paul spent 18 months doing smaller events and staying out of the limelight.
The return, stadiums and awards
In late 2011 however, Paul returned once again to the World Cyber Games, this time in South Korea and for his record equaling sixth grand finals (only Tasteless and djWHEAT can match that!). It also pushed him on to the forefront of people’s minds once more and further events followed in 2012.
In 2012, Paul completed more events than ever before coming right back in to the fore of esports presenting and commentating with major events for ESL at the Intel Extreme Masters in front of a crowd of more than ten thousand and more than 250,000 watching via IPTV and at the World Championship Series Europe Finals aired live from the Ericcson Arena in Stockholm.
2013 saw him join ESL TV full time and add even more events to his portfolio with trips to Brazil, Sweden, Poland, China, Taiwan, USA and many more.
It also allowed him to host in sports stadiums for the first time including The Spodek Arena, Maddison Square Gardens, SAP Arena and the Commerzbank Arena in Germany. He also hosted Blizzcon for two years in a row in the Anaheim Arena, California.
Having left ESL in 2015 to join Gfinity, he also wrote and produced more than 20 shows and had the honour of being the host for the largest esports events of all time, The International 5 with more than $18million in prize money as well as coverage on ESPN.
Paul also picked up awards for CS:GO, DotA2 and StarCraft 2 as best host of the year in 2014 and 2015.
2016 was another record breaking year as Paul hosted esports events in more than a dozen stadiums and arenas around the globe including KeyArena, Commerzbank Arena again and the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. He continued to host the biggest esports events of the year including the MLG Colombus Major and ESL One Cologne for CSGO Majors as well as the Manila Major for DotA2. In August he hosted The International for the second year in a row with its record breaking prize money of $20.8million and millions tuned in around the world, including the live broadcast on ESPN. He also travelled to South Africa for the first time to host the DGL Masters and become the first ever to host an esports event on all six continents.
Paul continues to be one of the most flexible esports commentators in the world and one of the most highly rated, award winning hosts in the business.
The Playboy Mansion was the scene for the 2007 CSG draft show, aired live on American TV, where Paul was an expert panelist.
One of the early “lan” tournaments with team frUT in 2000.
With Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud fame in 2007.
Alongside Kim Kardashian, Brody Jenner and NFL star Reggie Bush at an esports promotional event in Los Angeles.
Hosting Blizzcon for the first time in 2013 at the Anaheim Arena.
Hosting The International 5, esports richest tournament with $18million in prize money.