Written By: Steve Vegvari
In February, we caught up with Jack “CouRage” Dunlop for a quick interview. As a longstanding caster and analyst for Call of Duty, it only felt right that he returned to be one of the four commentary members.
As the WorldGaming Canadian Championship Finals would be one of his last stints as a caster, a lot has changed for Jack in the past month. He has found himself working with OpTic Gaming, finding rising success with his content creation on Twitch and YouTube. We had the opportunity to speak to him and get a sense of what the rest of the year will have in store.
Q: What have you been up to since the WorldGaming Canadian Finals?
A: A lot has changed since the WorldGaming Canadian Finals! I have announced that I’ve joined OpTic Gaming as a full-time content creator. I have never been happier!
Q: You’ve been kind enough to help out with the WorldGaming Call of Duty 1v1 program. What would you say is the biggest difference from team-based competition to the 1v1s?
A: The biggest difference between team based competition to 1v1s is that everything rides on you. No excuses. If you win, then you earned the victory yourself. If you lose, then you deserved to lose.
Q: What sort of strategies are you expecting players to implement?
A: In 1v1s, it is hugely important to use positions that earn you as much map knowledge as possible. You are going to have a lot of people “watching crosses.”
Q: You’ve recently announced that you’ve joined OpTic Gaming. Can you walk us through how that came to fruition?
A: Over the last few years I’ve had a lot of growth with streaming and YouTube and OpTic took notice and made me an offer. The rest is history!
Q: Has your past endeavours helped define your tone or style of commentary you plan on applying to your videos? Or are you treating this like a blank slate of sorts?
A: Absolutely. My years of experience on-camera for MLG and CoD commentary has helped mold how I present myself in my streams and videos.
Q: For those who may not know, how would you describe your channels on YouTube and Twitch?
A: 90% of my content revolves around my stream. On my stream, I’m all about entertainment over gameplay. Gameplay is key but finding new ways to keep people entertained is what keeps them coming back!
Q: You’ve been hitting some milestones in terms of viewership, as evident by your “Road to 5K” on Twitch and nearly hitting 85K subs on YouTube. What are your short term goals for the channels?
A: It’s simple for me. Twitch goals are 200,000 followers and 5,000 subscribers. YouTube goals are 20,000 views per upload and 100,000 subscribers.
Q: Do you have a roadmap of long term achievements you’d like to accomplish this year?
A: No real road map of long term achievements to accomplish this year. I would say keeping a healthy balance in life will be one goal I want to accomplish for years to come.
Q: Outside of your channels, do you plan on collaborating with anyone to create content?
A: If you’ve ever watched my streams or videos, then you know I’m all about collaborating with other content creators. The best part about gaming is that collaboration is as simple as joining someone else’s party and gaming!
Q: Fornite is clearly the game to play on these platforms, in your opinion why do you think that is?
A: Fortnite has incredible developer support, is free to play, fun to watch, and fresh. It is a perfect storm and deserves to be the number one game right now.
Q: Are there any upcoming games viewers can expect to see on your channels?
A: As of now: Fortnite is life.
Q: Where can people find your content?
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.