Overwatch League MVP and San Francisco Shock star Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won will officially be retiring from Overwatch to play Valorant, his now-former team has announced.
The San Francisco Shock bid a surprising farewell to their star player on April 28, but for those who had been watching Sinatraa’s streams, the news didn’t come as too great of a shock.
Sinatraa had been discussing a “major decision” coming his way during recent broadcasts, but he didn’t reveal exactly what it was. Now, it seems he’s leaving the game that made him a household name in 2019 to get a head start on Valorant.
According to ESPN, Sinatraa will be joining the Sentinels esports organization and leaving behind NRG, the Shock’s parent org. Exactly how much money he’ll be making playing Valorant is currently unknown, but it was enough to make him walk away from his $150,000 a year Overwatch League contract.
His last game with the Shock was a March 29 matchup versus the Los Angeles Valiant, which San Francisco actually lost 3-1.
Sinatraa wouldn’t have been able to stay on with NRG even if he wanted to, because of OWL rules that basically forbid retiring players from signing with any org that’s involved with a competing Overwatch League team.
Sentinels used to be the parent organization of the Los Angeles Gladiators, until they settled a lawsuit in 2019 giving control of the team to owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
Sinatraa helped lead the Shock to the 2019 OWL Grand Finals, but now they’ll have to continue without the star player.
Currently 20 years old, Sinatraa signed his contract with the Shock when he was only 17, and was still unable to even play in the League. Once he was able to play though, he led Team USA to a Gold medal in the 2019 Overwatch World Cup and became MVP after San Francisco’s storied 2019 OWL championship run.
He’s certainly the biggest Overwatch name to jump ship to Valorant so far, but based on the amount of hype, and the amount of current and former players consistently streaming Riot’s new FPS, he probably won’t be the last.
We don’t know who will be joining Sinatraa on the Sentinels Valorant team, but the organization also has Fornite World Cup champ Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf and another former OWL star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel signed, so there are some interesting possibilities that could potentially happen.
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Sinatraa’s departure was announced before he’s even had his 2019 MVP skin revealed by the Overwatch League, and it’s unknown whether or not he’ll return to the game temporarily to check it out once it’s released.
Valorant is still in the early days of beta, and we’re sure to see more announcements coming from esports players switching to the new game as we get closer to release. But, this doesn’t make it any easier on the Shock fans who have to bid one of their star players an unexpected farewell.
The Chipotle Challenger Series returns for the final event of 2020, as Fortnite players are set to go head-to-head against a star-studded list of influencers and pro players, and win big prizes.
This is the fourth edition of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series, and surprise teams won the previous tournaments, so we could see another repeat this time around. The qualifiers are all wrapped up, so it’s now time to look ahead to the finale.
The Top 4 teams from the qualifiers have advanced to the finale, which begins on December 8.
Chipotle Challenger Series Stream
You can tune-in to watch the action unfold, starting on December 8 at 3pm PST / 6pm EST, on Chipotle’s official Twitch channel.
The fourth Chipotle Challenger series features another star-studded lineup of contestants, who the four qualified teams will be playing against.
Streamers / Pro Players
Celebrities / Athletes
Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.
Up to 1000 trio teams
Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window
Qualifying teams now have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.
Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
17 teams of invited talent
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money is up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secure themselves free burritos for a year!
1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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