SUNSfan Reveals How Being Snubbed From Past TI Invites Led Him to Create Moonduck and Digital Chaos
Valve recently announced the 32-member English broadcast crew that would be taking care of the broadcast at Dota 2's biggest stage - The International 10 (TI10). Shannon "SUNSfan" Scotten is one of the invited casters who had been absent from TI's over the past few years. In fact, he has been invited as a caster to The International (TI) for the first time since 2014. On episode 121 of his podcast, ‘We Say Things', SUNSfan opened up about being so upset about being snubbed from past TI's continuously that he created a new casting studio, Moonduck, and a new Dota 2 team, Digital Chaos. This revelation came in the course of SUNSfan's explanation of how he understood Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski's dissatisfaction with not being invited as a caster to TI10.
SUNSfan explains the reasons behind founding Moonduck and Digital Chaos
In the podcast, SUNSfan and Troels Lyngholt "syndereN" Nielsen discussed whether streamers should be invited to TI10 following the recent drama surrounding Gorgc. Gorgc had asked Valve if he could cast one game at TI, but the company declined, instead inviting him to do other content. After Valve did not agree to his request to cast a game, Gorgc declined the invitation because he did not want to do "weird content" that Valve had planned for him.
In this conversation, SUNSfan mentioned that he felt the same way in the early days of his career and could understand how Gorgc felt right now. His frequent rejections from TI's angered him so much that he created Moonduck and Digital Chaos, he added.
“When I was his age, it was actually the beginning of Dota. I remember having a similar outlook on life and as you get older, you change a lot. You are getting invited and then you are not getting invited, you feel left out obviously. I was invited to TI4 …stream, never on the main stream. I haven’t been invited to TI in 10 years, right. At first, I took that really fu**ing personal. I really did. I was pissed. I was so pissed literally I created Moonduck. I got a bunch of people like you (syndereN) together to create a casting studio and I made a fu**ing team. I was so angry I created these two big orgs or whatever you wanna call them.”
SUNSfan shared that he also felt anger towards any person who got invited over him. However, as he did more and more events, he realized that Valve gets to choose the people they want for TI. SUNSfan noted that he feels some people at Valve still do not like him, but the incredible community support he has received over the past few months has made it virtually impossible for Valve to ignore him this time.
SUNSfan had departed from Digital Chaos in 2017 after founding it in 2015. Moonduck, meanwhile, has worked with a number of casters through the years. Unique Dota 2 events organized by the casting studio including the Midas Mode and Elimination Mode tournaments have also generated a lot of excitement amongst the community, in the past.
TI10 will likely see SUNSfan return to the biggest stage Dota 2 has to offer. The event will begin on 7th Oct 2021 and conclude on 17th Oct with the grand finals.