Leven “Leven2k” is a professional commentator and analyst who has gained quite a reputation for his talent in the European competitive Fortnite scene. After starting off from smaller events, Leven2k quickly managed to transition to more prominent tournaments including the more recent Fortnite All-Star Showdown.
What are your opinions on the recently concluded Fortnite All-Star Showdown?
It was a great event and truly a pleasure to be a part of, especially with the introduction of something new in the competitive space with the skill challenges.
How was it compared to events in the past?
Blast TV was involved in the production this time round and brought a lot of new things to the table from a broadcast perspective. That, combined with a spectacular ending to EU solos featuring an intense 1v1 battle between the 1st and 2nd place, truly made the latest event a memorable experience.
What inspired you to get into casting?
It was something people in the gaming community always recommended I do because of my voice. I had always appreciated the broadcasting talent in CS:GO and felt like I had the ability to do what they did, so, when the opportunity arose, I grabbed it with both hands.
Have you been involved in other aspects of esports before? Did you try your hand at professional play?
I played competitively In the earlier stages of Fortnite, but like most people, without much success. Nonetheless, relationships that I made back then helped me a lot as many of those early pros, like Benjyfishy, are superstars today.
You have separate dedicated channels for football and Valorant analysis. Are you planning on casting professionally in either of these? Have you done so already?
I do, I do. Valorant is a game I love playing and a game that greatly resembles CS:GO, which was the game that initially made me fall in love with esports. I would love to be involved in broadcasts for it. On the other hand, football is something I’ve loved since I was a kid and it’s an industry I will always look for opportunities in.
A slightly off-topic question, but which team are you supporting in the Euros?
I am supporting England because I was born and raised in London so that’s where my loyalty lies – also because ♪ It’s Coming Home ♫ !
Could you tell us more about the FNTASIA podcast?
It was started by Ballatw and Shyowager talking about all things competitive Fortnite in depth. I have a lot of respect for those guys and consider them to be good friends. So when they asked me to be a part of it I was never going to reject them. With both of them hailing from North America, having me on allows for a better insight in the EU scene for viewers.
How would you describe the esports casting scene in terms of competitiveness, opportunities and the like?
It’s incredibly competitive and can be hard to get into. Like most things in life, it can be about knowing the right people at the right times. But I’ve learned you always have to put yourself out there: even having a small conversation with someone that doesn’t lead to anything at that moment can be career-changing down the line.
Are you excited about the return of LANs?
Incredibly so. I started taking casting seriously when the pandemic began, so I’ve never got the chance to work at a LAN. The prospect of traveling the world while doing something I love is amazing!
Had you not opted for a career in casting, what would your current occupation be?
I’m nineteen years old so I would probably still just be in university, completing my business management course.