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Why the DOTAJAM Announcer Pack Is Important

Over the past decade, there is ever more talk about the parallels between esports and traditional sports: million-dollar contracts, millions of viewers watching, and stadiums packed with tens of thousands of fans. However, one of the most hilarious and exciting developments of this year has been the announcement of the official DOTAJAM Announcer Pack — one that includes voice clips from the real announcer of the classic sports game franchise, NBA JAM.

The pack is being put together by the content creator Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner as well as the commentator Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten. The lines will be voiced by Tim Kitzrow — a Chicago-based voice actor that has done work with popular games such as NBA JAM, NFL BLITZ, and MLB SLUGFEST. The lines present will apparently be both a combination of Dota 2 references and basketball references.

While it’s a silly idea on its surface, it’s one of the fun community projects that help make Dota 2 a continually engaging and exciting game — even to new players. The announcer packs in Dota 2 have been an often neglected resource that have so much more potential to act as a selling point for potential players. Having a mainstream talent like Kitzrow making a pack is a step in the right direction. Involving someone that has worked on some of the most mainstream IPs is an entertaining and beneficial cause. 

In the past, some of the high-profile announcer packs have included the likes of the narrator of The Stanley Parable, GLaDOS from the Portal franchise, and Rick and Morty from…Rick and Morty. While these are all very big properties, they’re still ones that fit in the general market of the Dota 2 audience. Imagine expanding the Announcer Packs to include actual commentators from the National Basketball Association or the National Football League. The Announcer Packs are a great system, and the DOTAJAM pack is a step in the right direction. 

Hurry! Now you can JAM UP your chances with Dota 2 as well.

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