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To all the nonbelievers out there, there really is money to be made in esports. Jay "sinatraa" Won, a 17 year-old star from the United States, has secured a lucrative $150,000 contract in Blizzard's highly anticipated Overwatch League.
sinatraa started out his career with now defunct NA organization, Selfless Gaming and made a name for himself with his sublime play across all levels. As the Overwatch League nears and the transfer deadline looming on October 31, NRG Esport's team decided to splurge on the young prodigy. The yearly salary of sinatraa will likely be above Blizzard's $100,000 league minimum.
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Prominent organization Cloud 9 were also in the picture but were ultimately outbid by NRG. The final say interestingly went to sinatraa's mother on which team to sign with, as he is still a minor, and luckily (for NRG) Mrs. Won chose them.
Along with his future teammates, sinatraa will recieve 50% of team bonuses, (more than $1.5 million is available in the Overwatch League's inaugural season) along with health insurance, housing, and retirement benefits for the duration of the deal. Not bad for a bunch of gamers wouldn't you say?
Touted as one of the best players to come from North America, sinatraa will be tasked to lead the NRG team to glory as they kick off the Overwatch League Season 1 on November 3 against the daunting South Korea squad. Will sinatraa have his way and justify the hefty paycheck? We will just have to wait and find out.