One of the most popular LCS casters Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines recently announced that he will be a freelancer in 2021.
CaptainFlowers will be a freelancer this year but will still be on the LCS broadcast every week like fans are used to. Moving to freelance means that CaptainFlowers will now be able to do other things on the side without being tied to a contract with Riot Games. According to CaptainFlowers, he will look to stream more consistently and do third-party projects.
ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m officially a freelancer in 2021!
I’ll still be casting the @LCSOfficial broadcast every weekend with Riot, but now I’ll be streaming more consistently and doing more 3rd party projects too!
Want to work together? Let’s do it:
— Clayton Raines (@CaptainFlowers) January 21, 2021
CaptainFlowers has been a regular part of the LCS broadcast since 2017 and has worked his way up the casting ladder. In 2020, he got to cast the 2020 World Championship up until the semifinals after casting several games in both the play-in and group stage.
As a play-by-play caster, CaptainFlowers is known for his high-intensity cast that brings a lot of hype to the plays on the screen. CaptainFlowers quickly got recognized by the community as a “rap god” that knows his way around words even in the most intense moments.
What will CaptainFlowers do next?
While CaptainFlowers will likely appear more often on stream and on other broadcasts in 2021, he will stay at the LCS together with the rest of the on-air team. The 2021 team includes new names such as former Cloud9 mid laner Hai “Hai” Lam and Kieran “Allorim” Logue to spice up the analyst desk.
While it’s not announced which other broadcasts CaptainFlowers will participate in for 2021, it’s already expected that the popular caster will be more active on his personal stream. CaptainFlowers has pulled a lot of viewers with solo queue casting, where he spectates low-ELO games with commentary. It’s expected that fans will see more of this for 2021.
“To me, freelancing just seems like the next logical step in continuing to build myself up as an entertainer,” CaptainFlowers said.
CaptainFlowers and the rest of the LCS broadcast will be back on January 22 when the LCS Lock In continues.
Other LoL broadcast talent choosing freelance route
Popular League of Legends casters going freelance isn’t something new after several names have done the same over the past years.
In 2019, LEC host Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere announced that she would be freelancing, which has since then resulted in several other projects. After going freelance, the popular host got to do other jobs besides League of Legends such as appearing as a guest host on BLAST Pro Series Sao Paulo and other Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events.