Here’s Telstra’s Next Video Game Reviewer

Here’s Telstra’s Next Video Game Reviewer
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Telstra recently put out a call to find Australia’s next video game reviewer, offering $25,000 for the opportunity. The interest was massive, but as always, there can only be one winner.

Telstra’s nominated reviewer, and the recipient of $25,000 over the next few months, is Joshua Appadoo. Appadoo isn’t someone you would have heard of in the gaming space before: his YouTube channel has 16 subscribers at the time of writing, and his Twitch and Twitter accounts have similarly low followings.

A photographer and video editor in his spare time, Appadoo stood out to Telstra because of his technical ability and experience with content creation generally. “What stood out most for us with Joshua though is how he’s thought about looking at games through the lens of different themes – something you can expect to see from him as Telstra’s Game Reviewer,” Nathan Gumley, Telstra’s connected home principal, said.

Gumley also noted Telstra will follow up the Game Reviewer program with more outreaches to the gaming community:

Overall though, through the casting process, we’ve been really blown away by the talent and passion in the Aussie gaming community. We have a number of gaming projects in the pipeline that we’ll be looking to get more gamers involved in over the coming months.

Appadoo’s channel is pretty new – only six months old – and like most gamers, he has certain franchises he’s excited for. Fable 4 and Elder Scrolls remasters are high on the list, and the Melbourner enjoys consuming a lot of content from Twitch and major YouTubers, like Jacksepticeye and PewDiePie.

When asked about how he sees the program panning out for him, and what he wants to accomplish with his reviews, Appadoo told Kotaku Australia that aimed to make his content as accessible as possible.

“People know Australia is a great wildlife place, great holiday place, but they need to know there’s more to it than just that,” he said over the phone. “I think putting us on the map in terms of what is a very up and coming industry with streaming and games and content creators is very good, while there are a few sort of larger names.”

We’ll have a full interview with Appadoo, covering his views on gaming reviews generally, his hopes for next-gen consoles and his background in gaming, soon.


  • Seems like a nice guy. Clear spoken and looks appealing on camera, albeit he needs to work on getting his camera to properly focus on him rather than his back wall.

    His editing skills seem pretty accomplished, although tending towards frantically over-edited (lots of rapid jump cuts and a touch too tight with the start and ends of words cut out regularly). I guess that’s the style.

    Where he seems to be lacking is in actual content. The observations I watched tended heavily towards the glib, with a stream of obvious factoids and bland uncontroversial humour.

    No doubt that’s exactly what Telstra’s marketing department was looking for, but I can’t see in what universe bland is going to help with “putting us on the map”.

  • A photographer and video editor in his spare time, Appadoo stood out to Telstra because of his technical ability and experience with content creation generally.

    read: we’re gonna save ourselves a lot of time and money because he’ll be able to edit his own videos.

  • Is it even a review if he’s just streaming himself playing the game?

    Oh well, if that’s what they want. This is the kind of stuff I would never watch. I liked the way they did it on Good Game. That felt like an actual review.

    • He’s getting $25,000 for the 10 reviews, broken into 10 videos and 10 supplementary written reviews. $2500 per review would be pretty damn good compared to industry rates.

      It’s not like he’s having to turn up to an office in a suit every day for months, this is in addition to his regular job.

      • Working from home and working in an office aren’t necessarily that different (I do both) and come with their own challenges. Work is work.

        • Working on spec rates (eg consulting for a fixed fee) and working from home are dramatically different (I do both).

          Not clear how your point is relevant to the thread though, he gets paid $2500 per review. He gets paid the same regardless of whether it takes him 2 hours or 20 so long as the quality is acceptable, he doesn’t have to be available 8-30 to 5.30 to reply to work emails, he doesn’t have performance reviews, he supplies his own kit and equipment.

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