Overwatch’s prime skilled participant is transferring on to a brand new recreation. At present Jay “Sinatraa” Gained left the Overwatch League’s San Francisco Shock, and ESPN is reporting that it’s so he can swap to a unique title: Riot’s new staff shooter Valorant, which is at the moment in closed beta. Gained will reportedly compete for esports group Sentinels, which can be residence to Fortnite World Cup champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. The participant has confirmed his departure from the Shock, whereas Sentinels have teased a new Valorant team.
Gained made headlines final 12 months with a dominating season. His staff received the OWL grand finals, whereas he took residence the MVP award; he adopted that up by profitable the Overwatch World Cup title (and one other MVP award) as a part of staff USA.
Whereas it’s nonetheless in closed beta, Valorant has already proved vastly widespread, breaking Twitch viewership information as main streamers flocked to it. The tactical shooter, which blends components of Counter-Strike and Overwatch, appears ready-made to grow to be the subsequent huge esport.
That mentioned, Riot hasn’t but introduced formal plans for an expert league to help the sport, and can as a substitute deal with community-led occasions in the intervening time. “There’s little question that, as a hyper-competitive expertise, Valorant has the substances to be a profitable esport and now we have huge desires for what this may be, however we need to be considerate in how we put all of it collectively,” Riot’s senior director of esports Whalen “Magus” Rozelle wrote in a blog post.
In fact, the developer has an extended historical past in aggressive gaming, working a number of long-running skilled leagues for League of Legends, which just lately celebrated its 10th anniversary. Many gamers and groups seem like banking on that stability as they attempt to get in early with the aggressive Valorant scene.
Gained’s departure comes at an ungainly time for OWL, which is at the moment within the midst of its third season. The league just lately shifted to a web-based construction, and this week announced plans to introduce a mid-season tournament for May. Gained additionally isn’t the one high-profile departure from Blizzard’s professional league; final 12 months OWL commissioner Nate Nanzer left to hitch Fortnite developer Epic Video games.