Beyond the Summit: What we do

What is Beyond the Summit

Beyond the Summit (BTS) is a new-media company based out of Los Angeles, California that creates and broadcasts high-quality eSports content.

BTS specializes in organizing events and producing professional coverage for Valve’s internationally-acclaimed Dota 2.

Since its founding in March 2012, BTS has organized, hosted and commentated many of Dota 2’s most prestigious tournaments, including Valve’s $18.4 million The International 2015, The Summit, ESL Frankfurt, Starladder 8-13, MLG Columbus, Dreamhack Winter, & Alienware Cup.

Meet the team!

David 'LD' Gorman

David 'GoDz' Parker

Bryan 'KPOPTOSIS' Herren

Ben 'Merlini' Wu

Grace 'RMP' Lee

Dakota 'KOTLGUY' Cox

Rob 'Icelement' Rygh

Chan 'Winter' LittBinn

David 'Blaze' Dillon

Greg 'WhatIsHip' Laird

David 'LD' Gorman

David has been a competitive gamer for nearly 15 years. After falling in love with Counterstrike at the age of 13, he went on to captain several top amateur teams from North America (much to the chagrin of his loving parents). In 2004, David was introduced to Defense of the Ancients by his younger brother, and after an 8 year love affair with the game, he finally decided to try his hand at commentary. Eight months later, he would go on to commentate at Valve’s The International 2012, a multi-million dollar event that reached a global audience of nearly 1 million Dota fans. Today, David is one of the world’s most beloved eSports commentators, perhaps best known for his commentary of “The Play” and the final moments of several International Grand Finals. He really likes puppies, Tiny with Aghanims and no points in Grow, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. WAOW!

David 'Godz' Parker

David “GoDz” Parker has been playing DotA for almost 10 years dating back to the Warcraft 3 custom mod. GoDz has a competitive background competing with the Australian team “Natural 9” where he juggled commentating as well as competing professionally in 2010-2011, before making the full transition into a Dota 2 caster and analyst in 2012. With a deep background of competing and analyzing within Asian and Oceania, GoDz is an expert on the Chinese and SEA Dota scene and has been a consistent presence in all major events for the region.

Bryan 'Kpoptosis' Herren

Bryan’s road to Beyond the Summit was a unique one. Growing up in a cattle farm in rural Alabama, his gaming experience as a kid consisted consisted of traditional sports and Baseball simulators instead of Warcraft 3 DOTA. But that all changed when he moved to college and discovered competitive online gaming. He got his DOTA 2 beta key in early 2012 and there was no looking back. Pairing his love for DOTA with insight into statistical analysis of traditional sports, Bryan began working as a statsman for Sheever and Beyond the Summit before being invited to work the International 3. He joined the Beyond the Summit crew the next year and helped to design and develop several in-game features that would later be implemented into the game by Valve such as the “Teamfight Recap”. Nowadays he’s the head of several projects from hats to show direction. He’s excited for the future of eSports and considers himself lucky to be a part of such an exciting industry.

Ben 'Merlini' Wu

Ben “Merlini” Wu began playing Dota in 2005 and was a competitive player for many years. He quickly established himself in the top ranks internationally and has had the honor of competing alongside many current stars on the e-sports scene. Merlini was previously dubbed “M-God” in the Eastern hemisphere for his legendary use of intelligence-based heroes such as Zeus and Silencer. Following his prolific competitive career, Merlini has taken up the mantle as a figure of authority within the Dota community. Merlini has transitioned into becoming a professional Dota 2 streamer, caster, and consultant.

Grace 'RMP' Lee

Grace has been friends with Beyond the Summit and its founding members since its inception. Her love of organization and order (and ironically, chaos and Yahtzee) naturally lead her to current position as Event Product Manager. During events, you can normally find Grace running around making sure that everyone is happy and well fed. Although she doesn’t play any PC games, she still enjoys watching Dota with the occasional Mario Kart 64 domination over LD (witnesses can attest to this). Her goal is to attempt to play a game of Dota by 2020 ( seeking 6k mmr or higher to coach her). Some of her hobbies include: closet organization, yoga, bouldering, and practicing mind control.

Dakota 'KOTLGuy' Cox

Video games were always a part of Dakota’s life growing up. Whether it’s Contra or Super Mario, put a controller in his hand and he is ready to play. Casting Dota 2 was not always the game plan for him though. With a professional theatre and dancing background, his future was almost certain to have himself up on a stage with big lights, and a big crowd watching. Dakota started his casting career in 2013 with NEL, AD2L, and any requested replay sent his way from the public forums. From there things only started to grow as he started working games for BTS, JoinDota, and a new startup he co-founded called HighGroundTV. Eventually, he found a new home working a long side the BTS boys, and jumped right into the grind of pumping out some of the best games Dota has ever seen, while continuing to study and perfect his craft. When he isn’t devoting his life to the world of Dota and gaming, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family.

Rob 'Icelement' Rygh

Rob “Icelement” Rygh is an all-Summit veteran, seasoned dungeonmaster and ‘meme-lord’ producer. At BTS, Rob handles studio management and technical direction. Quality broadcasts require equipment, cables, power and know-how; With a chipper demeanor and helping hands, Rob applies his unique attention to detail to solving issues and creating results. Because one hat is never enough, he assists in other projects as well, such as: Live A/V production, set/studio building, lights & camera, DotA 2 observing, transportation.
Behind the cow paintings and horse heads, Rob makes a perpetual effort to keep morale in the positive around the office. High spirits and low stress alongside the occasional pun, keeping peace and order. Behind-the-scenes life is good, consisting of reading, fitness, boardgames and bouldering. When it comes to gaming, RPGs and strategy games are at the top of the list.

Chan 'Winter' Littbinn

WinteR has been a competitor all of his life. From representing Malaysia at international chess tournaments to competing in The International 2012 for Dota 2. He has had an on-and-off DotA career since 2011. During the offtime, WinteR has provided BTS with quirky commentary and insightful analysis and found himself on the analyst desk of The International 2015 and the Shanghai Major. Recently, he joined SEA team Mineski-X, but when he’s not playing pub or pro games, he’s casting high quality Dota for Beyond The Summit.

David 'Blaze' Dillon

The third David of the BTS crew, Blaze has been obsessed with multiplayer gaming since he started playing Doom and Warcraft in his dad’s office at eight years old. During high school, instead of birthday parties, he’d host LAN parties and play Diablo and WC3 custom games with friends. Blaze has offered BTS freelance remote commentary of Dota 2 for over three years and has attended three iterations of The Summit as a dedicated observer and producer. In addition to broadcasting, Blaze manages web and media assets for Beyond The Summit.

Greg 'WhatIsHip' Laird

Greg has been playing games for years – Red Alert, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike among some of his favorites. He has been previously known as a commentator for Dota 2 as a part of HighgroundTV, working as an analyst at TI 2014 and managing Team Archon (NARv2) at TI 2015. After working at Vulcun in Business Development and founding an esports consulting group, Level 1, he’s come aboard as the Global Sales Director. When he’s not knee-deep in esports he enjoys watching movies, cooking, and perusing Twitch.

Jobs

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