R. Lewis: "Turner respect the sport"

HLTV.org spoke with Richard Lewis, a now happily retired journalist who is an advisor to Turner Sports and has been deeply involved in ELEAGUE's development, during the official media day for ELEAGUE.

Monday, May 23rd was a day for the media and for selling the ELEAGUE concept to many sorts of journalistic outlets in the Turner Broadcasting Studios.

Our day ended with an interview with the ever charismatic Richard Lewis, who talked about his retirement from esports journalism, his newfound job, and his thoughts about the potential of ELEAGUE.

All of our upcoming interviews and videos from Group A of ELEAGUE Season 1 will be able to be found here.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Czech Republic baylife
2016-05-24 07:04
15 replies
Finland Rutku
BMW or Mercedes-Benz?
2016-05-24 10:24
4 replies
Germany SchaffeR37
get money buy one of each
2016-05-24 10:45
Audi ... Dude, BMW = poorfag tryharder, Benz = turkish fgt #nohate but true story
2016-05-24 16:28
2 replies
What the fuck are you want?
2016-05-24 18:31
Russia goodjob
+1 Audi > BMW and Mercedes
2016-05-24 18:49
nice to see the bitter rivalry between hltv & RL is all but gone.
2016-05-24 15:13
8 replies
Except it isn't. Lewis still likes spreading lies about HLTV.org, and hasn't changed his attitude at all. He just has a different persona for his TV-personality, where he hides his bias. reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/2c..
2016-05-24 15:22
7 replies
Its a known fact alot of people shitted on early csgo just like they did with source.
2016-05-24 16:38
4 replies
Because CS:GO was goddamn awful in the beginning. However it was the community, not HLTV.org that did the "shitting". I was one of those, but I don't speak for Nomad, Nix0n, Pus, MIRAA or any of the other fine people who work/worked on the site. The communities battling against each other is one thing, that is always bound to happen, but Richard Lewis was a big name on the Source scene, and he launched attacks on the 1.6 scene and made sure to keep the communities split. reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/2c.. reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/2c..
2016-05-24 16:48
3 replies
who cares what RL did/does? not me or anyone that's actually been in the competitive scene for a while.
2016-05-24 20:05
2 replies
He is/has been a pretty big name in eSports, so a lot of people care.
2016-05-24 20:08
1 reply
edit: RL a casual tard who casual tards listen to, oh well.
2016-05-24 20:46
its reddit you are a fucking moron
2016-05-24 22:05
1 reply
Excuse me?
2016-05-24 22:06
Gay play ahahha
2016-05-24 23:29
2016-05-24 07:04
7 replies
So we europeans cant watch it with pregame show etc? Just the game with voices of casters?
2016-05-24 11:13
6 replies
Many European TV Channel will broadcast the game as well but I do not know about Preshows and Stuff
2016-05-24 12:43
4 replies
german tv channel too?:O
2016-05-24 13:47
3 replies
Pro7 Maxx
2016-05-24 14:30
2 replies
yes there is a twitch stream from pro7maxx but without preshow etc. i wanted to see the production not only the games.. thats what this league should be about. pro7maxx will show games on tv every wednesday 12pm (midnight) starting on 1st of june. rest of the days only on twitch without tv production (probably the wednesdays also without tv production). thats horseshit to be honest. the league itself is crap untill it reaches the playoff stage. as long as you dont have NA tv you wont be able to see preshow, analystdesk etc.. only game with caster voice
2016-05-24 15:06
1 reply
All that is on Twitch except Fridays TV Coverage is only Friday not every Day And Pro7 Maxx bought the rights to broadcast the game so i am sure there will be some kind of show AND there are enough Web services that offer watching TV Shows online
2016-05-24 17:54
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Poland LGf
there are always some illegal streams, i watch this way oscars
2016-05-24 16:16
i think true
2016-05-24 07:04
Brazil BuddyINSANE
Richard deserve it, awesome words. Congratz and good luck in ur new challenges! Grettings from Brazil! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-05-24 07:07
Money dont respect anyone.
2016-05-24 07:04
2016-05-24 07:04
2016-05-24 07:04
NOOOOOO LEWIS we need you as a journalist
2016-05-24 07:05
2016-05-24 07:05
stich on lan?
2016-05-24 07:05
6 replies
i arent think that
2016-05-24 07:31
i aren't thinker thater
2016-05-24 19:12
4 replies
Stich, breh, honest question: doesn't your arm get tired from holding the mic at that angle for that long?
2016-05-24 19:16
3 replies
I have big muscles so no
2016-05-24 19:19
2 replies
Thanks breh. You stronk, you loyol!
2016-05-24 19:29
2016-05-24 22:43
Lets go
2016-05-24 07:06
Argentina EnvyJ
Of course...
2016-05-24 07:06
Mexico izuku
2016-05-24 07:06
See Ass Go Fast?
2016-05-24 07:06
United States hehexddd
Turner respects the sport. Turner, respect the sport. ???? I'm confused what his quote means. Am I brainfarting?
2016-05-24 07:07
11 replies
Greece hekzy
Turner repsect the sport.
2016-05-24 07:09
4 replies
United States hehexddd
2016-05-24 07:10
3 replies
Replace 'Turner' with 'They'' since he's talking about the people of Turner.
2016-05-24 07:12
1 reply
United States hehexddd
2016-05-24 18:29
Greece hekzy
Turner the broadcasting company.
2016-05-24 07:12
turner put some respeck on the sport
2016-05-24 10:26
1 reply
+one hunnit
2016-05-24 15:10
Turner is the guy from the operation missions
2016-05-24 12:47
1 reply
United Kingdom Compraa
hahaha that's what I thought
2016-05-24 16:47
it's british vs american grammar. collective nouns are often considered and used as plural in britain
2016-05-24 16:50
1 reply
United States hehexddd
Makes sense. Thanks :)
2016-05-24 18:30
My question is why do they respect RLewis?
2016-05-24 07:08
3 replies
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United Kingdom Gandu123
Coz he is stupid
2016-05-24 07:10
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Portugal lovessd
saucernoobs fanboys
2016-05-24 07:18
No idea
2016-05-24 14:57
well deserved Richard ! u worked hard & long for this congratz, i wish u the best my man hope u do well.
2016-05-24 07:10
An interview with Richard Lewis on HLTV.org's front page! Something that none of us from the old times would have ever imagined. I remember the bitterness between Cadred and HLTV. Staff and forum members alike. What a turnaround!
2016-05-24 07:15
11 replies
Don't make us think about Cadred ;(
2016-05-24 09:12
8 replies
CS:S > 1.6 get gud
2016-05-24 10:12
5 replies
I played css m8 :p doesn't mean I never went to cadred tho
2016-05-24 10:19
lol get gud at what? shooting head hitboxes/models that were 30% larger than 1.6? CSS didn't take much to get good which is why pretty much all the notable pros came back to 1.6 after CGS died.
2016-05-24 10:41
3 replies
but you do understand that those hitboxes were bigger for everyone = the game isn't easier it's just less elitist and more about hitting the first shot. shox played css, scream played css, olof played css, guardian played css, a lot of pros played css and a lot of pros played 1.6 the games were simply different and the old peeps were used to 1.6. (physics etc.)
2016-05-24 10:50
2 replies
olof played 1.6, buddyboy :) he even has 1.6 highlights on hltv
2016-05-24 11:30
olof played 1.6 and guardian originally was a 1.6 player too
2016-05-24 17:07
tl;dr? (im new)
2016-05-24 15:54
1 reply
I had the exact same thought when I saw this interview on front page :D
2016-05-24 11:00
Brazil ProfSheen
7:24 focusing on gay play LMAO
2016-05-24 07:18
RL <3
2016-05-24 07:18
Anyone knows Richard age?
2016-05-24 07:19
2 replies
Nigga u at least 30
2016-05-24 07:28
1 reply
Who the fuck is reggie!?
2016-05-24 08:14
r lewis is a cool guy, I am happy for him.
2016-05-24 07:20
2016-05-24 07:20
Well, Rich turning to the bright side of life, dude i will miss the critic Richard Lewis, but hell, youve been long enough diggin in the dirt, you deserve this spot and the wealth that comes along with it, i wish you all the best in this new era and massive success for the whole e-league, im gonna make sure to watch as much as i can :)
2016-05-24 07:28
yo, ear me now! I's got nothin' but love for none other than my main man richie rich lewis... respek!
2016-05-24 07:38
Dammit, stich :o
2016-05-24 07:46
They don't respect it enough to have an accurate website, though. Still has Group A listed as Astralis, fnatic, CLG and C9, with Astralis vs. fnatic as the first match of the league tomorrow.
2016-05-24 07:56
2 replies
"professional esport" as always. ;-)
2016-05-24 08:09
wtf i remember checking this yesterday when i was looking for their ruleset on their website it was right and had the normal schedule
2016-05-24 14:19
Go back to deadred
2016-05-24 07:58
1 reply
cadred <3 never forget
2016-05-24 08:02
n1 stich, very informative + Richard Lewis <3
2016-05-24 08:23
"Turner respects the sport" Meanwhile couldn't send the proper documents to one of its participants TyLoo okay then
2016-05-24 08:24
2 replies
2016-05-24 10:40
2016-05-24 15:59
sold out
2016-05-24 08:27
2016-05-24 08:33
1 reply
2016-05-24 10:34
does this mean no more events for him? thank god
2016-05-24 08:39
We are sad to report that stich was choked to death after the recording of this interview. RIP
2016-05-24 08:49
1 reply
2016-05-24 10:08
off screen = DeeJay? :o
2016-05-24 08:54
Why doesn't stich do interviews more often? That was awesome!
2016-05-24 09:17
2 replies
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Turkmenistan Autista
He only does the na interviews and there are not many na events stich >>>>>>>>>> striker
2016-05-24 10:00
1 reply
That was stitch? Wow, nice one mate very good interview! Now more plz! :)
2016-05-24 10:47
Awesome interview Gl rl
2016-05-24 09:31
find out what it means to me
2016-05-24 09:46
Fantastic interview.
2016-05-24 10:06
Europe TriHard_8R
e-league hipe
2016-05-24 10:38
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United Kingdom dv-_-
2016-05-24 11:05
was probably the best interview ive watched on this site. richard is such a good talker. thanks stich and rlewis
2016-05-24 11:12
Why do you interview a guy who's been the biggest enemy of this site and Nomad for 10 years?
2016-05-24 11:34
4 replies
Because people change and mature? Maybe also because almost all of the old petty childish arguments were started by the trolls on the hltv forums and the immature admins that used to run this place whilst 1.6 was dying and source was doing well (seems a really long time ago now). Also RL was a bitter angry prick most of the time back then too but fortunately he's grown up in the last 10 years in the scene and is now a good front representative for ESPORTS imo.
2016-05-24 14:15
3 replies
You may very well be right. I've just avoided RL the best I could since then, so I haven't noticed whether he has matured. I only noticed the shitstorm just about the time CGS died and the Source scene suffered, not when organizations left 1.6. You would see several topics on a heavily moderated Cadred.org about how HLTV.org was this "evil conterpart". He contributed heavily in the "1.6 vs Source" thing. He was really an utter prick back then. For someone who appreciated both the 1.6- and the Source scene, it was annoying as hell. I've seen him try to bash Nomad on Reddit recently, which is why I don't believe he has really changed much. He has rather had to change his image, since he had maintained a job where he was the center of attention. He has never been a bad journalist though, but I just can't respect him.
2016-05-24 14:42
You can not be serious. 1.6 and hltv.org was doing perfectly fine and Source was a dramatically huge failure. Lewis was the one who bashed hltv at the same time when shitred had like 100 users and hltv 1000'000 and Nixon and Nomad never went there. They played it very cool unlike Lewis. You are so perfectly wrong in your statement it's ridiculous.
2016-05-24 14:55
1.6 was dying and source was doing well i aren't think that
2016-05-24 17:11
the fact that he's a turner employee has nothing to do with it allrighty then
2016-05-24 11:38
Richard Lewis on HLTV interview. LUL What world do we live in rofl?
2016-05-24 11:54
3 replies
I was thinking exactly the same. Considering how much he used to bash hltv with his shitred I'm pretty surprised about the good terms. But then again that's just a good thing. No reason to hang on hatred.
2016-05-24 12:03
2 replies
I agree grudge is a really bad thing. But then again, Richard Lewis recently bashed Nomad on Reddit and showed that he himself has a grudge still.
2016-05-24 14:43
1 reply
Yeah that's true, hltv is being the "bigger man" here. Lewis still acts the total cunt he is.
2016-05-24 14:48
Malaysia phyzell
respected esports. respect the game. respect the industry.
2016-05-24 11:59
Did Richard Lewis held the door tho?
2016-05-24 11:59
weow R.Lewis on frontpage of HLTV lol
2016-05-24 12:01
1 reply
+1 lmao. HLTV and Richard were always like enemies. it's so weird
2016-05-24 21:03
Richard Lewis the boss!! Never thought I'd see him interviewed here... Great interview, actually quite hyped for ELEAGUE now.
2016-05-24 12:06
Sweden Fjolliver
Fuck R. Lewis
2016-05-24 12:19
2 replies
Sweden RIFF
watch out so he don't choke you
2016-05-24 12:27
1 reply
Sweden Fjolliver
2016-05-24 16:24
"Respect the sport" sounds truer, when it comes from a sociopath like Richard Lewis who have no respect for anyone.
2016-05-24 12:33
noice mate
2016-05-24 13:46
Nice interview. Props to RLewis for continuing serving and delivering.
2016-05-24 14:03
Great interview Stich. Just keep on going like this and one day doors will open for you too just like it did for Richard Lewis. Good to see Richard being so passionate about bringing the game to a higher level and challenging the people (who say it is for geeks) in a positive way by inviting them and showing them what it truly is. He's an ambassador for the sports, I'm proud to see him represent the game and community.
2016-05-24 15:04
Richard Lewis is a scumbag.
2016-05-24 15:09
1 reply
+1 The type of person who will eat you alive when he has the chance.
2016-05-24 15:11
Europe t.o.p
That guy, who behaved like a 12 y/o kid in social networks, is getting money for nothing, wow.
2016-05-24 16:06
Some of these comments.. Oh my
2016-05-24 16:23
2 replies
Amazing to think the ones being salt merchants and bringing up a feudthat is now a decade old are at the very least well into their 20's. Let's hope for a string of random mutations that renders their bloodlines extinct.
2016-05-24 20:29
1 reply
bringing up a feudthat is now a decade old Except the fact that Richard Lewis still holds a grudge himself. How old is he now exactly?
2016-05-24 21:17
Im laughing at all the haters on this thread. Can never accept that maybe, just maybe Richard deserves some some success after sticking around esports so long, an industry so fucking cancerous and unproffesional and all the years of people trying to fuck him over.
2016-05-24 16:46
Great interview
2016-05-24 17:08
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2016-05-24 17:31
2016-05-24 18:38
f*ck Richard Lewis. always talking shit about HLTV....
2016-05-24 21:03
so funny that they need to cut out where r.lewis talks about his blogs. that he cant realtalk anymore because it doesnot match with turners agenda. r.lewis the sellout. welcome to streamlined cs becoming more of a tv show instead of a community driven sports.
2016-05-25 00:41
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