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Here's why that guy dropped the ball during the EA Play livestream

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A YouTuber named Jesse Wellens from the show Prank Academy (a YouTube Red series) was invited, despite not creating any videogame content, to host the EA Play event during E3 2017. He was meant to introduce Need for Speed: Payback and totally choked. 

What else happened during E3? All this.

It’s an embarrassing video, to be sure, which details why EA may have thought about hiring different hosts other than social media and YouTube “influencers” to host their show, but everyone gets nervous now and then. In Wellens’ case, it looks like he choked when it came to reading off of the teleprompter, which resulted in a flub-up that took the internet by storm. 

As Wellens attempted to introduce the upcoming Need for Speed Payback, he stumbled over his words, repeated himself, and awkwardly went to sum up everything he had just said another time before he was able to walk off-camera. 

Wellens has taken to his own YouTube channel to discuss the snafu in a behind-the-scenes look at the situation. Fortunately for him, this time he has jump cuts to cover for him.

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panbient Avatar
9 Months ago

The headline says 'this is why' something happened. The article doesn't actually explain why anything happened.

You say it looks like he choked while reading the prompter but offer nothing definitive. Was it their first try using a live teleprompter and he didn't have the experience to handle it properly? Had he been eating just before presenting (generally a bad idea) and choked on phlegm.

OR.... was having an 'embarrassing' incident just what his youtube channel needed to get all sorts of free press in a new market? Fortunately for him, you don't really report anything and just link back to his own clip.

Jezcentral Avatar
9 Months ago

I'm pretty sure doing a good job and setting himself up for more work with EA (and anyone else, for that matter) would have been more profitable. Now, he looks a bit of a berk, and no-one would touch him with a bargepole if they wanted someone to present for them.

ThatThereTim Avatar
9 Months ago

He choked because he's not a professional presenter. Why games companies think they're "cool" and "down with the kids" for hiring these people is beyond me. Someone in their marketing/PR dept needs firing.