Jay "Sinatraa" Won walks away from the Overwatch League that made him famous for a career in VALORANT

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      Riot Games’ upstart first-person shooter game VALORANT has just landed a high-profile defector: Overwatch League superstar Jay “Sinatraa’ Won.

      The American-born gamer took to Twitter yesterday to announce his retirement from both the San Francisco Shock and the league that made him famous.

      His initial Tweet was of the decidedly cryptic variety, consisting of “ok wait i didnt expect it to leak so im not ready lemme write up a twitlonger for the first time in my life” and then “SF SHOCK”.

      With career earnings of nearly $400,000, Sinatraa was seen as the famously vocal leader who led the Shock to an Overwatch League championship last year. He was also one of the faces of OL.

      But declaring that he “straight up just lost passion for the game”, Sinatraa announced that he’s decided to launch a career in VALORANT, which has done huge numbers this month in closed-beta mode on Twitch.

      VALORANT is scheduled for general release this summer.

      In a TwitLonger post, Sinatraa also revealed that he agonized over his decision for a full month.

      After the video, read his entire statement, including gushing words of praises for the San Francisco Shock teammates he’s leaving behind.

      SF SHOCK
      im just gonna jump straight into why i retired and talk about my teammates

      straight up just lost passion for the game. idk what the real killer was for me but maybe it was 2-2-2 lock maybe it was bans im not sure... i just know it was hard for me to log on to play and i didnt have fun in scrims/ranked at all anymore. i did not make this decision in 1 day it took a full month of non stop thinking every day and sleepless nights from being so stressed. it fucking sucked but ultimately i wanted to do whats right for me. i wanna thank NRG/SHOCK and OWL for giving me a chance and making my dreams come true. (shoutout andy, brett, jaime <3) last thing, i just wanna say sorry to all my fans, fans of OWL, and everyone on shock. in the past month i did not give OW/OWL my all and it showed in scrims and even in OWL so im sorry.

      talking about my teammates now so you can leave if u want

      viol2t: i tease you a lot but thats because i know you are really good and i actually mean that, i dont want your ego to get too big but you’re the best zen/ana (REALLY). i will never forget after we won season 2 and i gave u the fattest hug also i wont forget u kissing me 3 times in korea :) gl minki you’re the best flex support i know but dont have ego ugly fucking kid

      striker: when you first joined shock i really thought i would hate you but turns out i fucking loved you and i loved playing with u as my dps duo. you are so good at everything you play (tracer, reaper, mccree, widow) and if you keep try hard I REALLY THINK YOU WILL GET MVP. also ur the most handsome and funny in OWL :D 1v1 me valorant rly easy

      rascal: gonna miss the random ass talks we had about our girlfriends, explaining sports to you, shows all while at the gym. u are funny as fuck and im glad i got to meet you and call u my friend. also u are the best on shock because u won the @STARWARS DUEL OF THE FATES 1v1 CHAMPION @RASCAL #Ad

      architect: gonna miss you so much minho you are the most positive person i have ever met in my life. all season 2 and 3 when im down you always cheer me up because you’re so happy all the time. every team needs you and you helped me through a lot. i really believe if you practice hard you can be the best flex dps in the game 100%, PRACTICE FOR ME MINHO I WILL MESSAGE YOU THROUGHOUT OWL I LOVE U MAN

      choi: choi u are really best off tank in OWL BY FAR, its not even close. i look up to you so much because you are really the best and never mental boom you are like god... if striker doesnt get mvp u will :D :))) stop smoking and eat ur fucking veggies or im gonna get mad

      smurf: my man moana... ever since u joined shock i thought you were funny as fuck and u were instantly my friend. i’ll never forget rooming with you in dallas those were good ass times, also when u were in the theatre room and had a cape on with no shirt and ran out that shit was toooooo funny. love u man hope u go crazy in owl man

      ANS: i’ve only known you for like 3 months or some shit but you are actually hilarious. i dont know why but everything you do makes me laugh, ABS ONLY IN THE GYM EVERYDAY BRO??? ur too funny. i hope ur doing good man because you really are the BEST WIDOW in OWL not even close <3 keep being funny :D

      moth: bro u gotta be the smartest, most calm person i have ever met. every team needs someone like you. literally never tilted always making game plans and fucking crazy mechanically. also i admire ur passion like crazy whenever u feel like ur aim is off u got straight to KOVAAKS or whatever the fuck its called and start aim training or the fps osu thing ur actually cracked bro gonna miss u a lot

      CRUSTY JUNKBUCK ARACHNE NINEK: aight lets be real, i was ACTUAL ASS in season 1 but since you guys joined you taught me so much on how to be a leader, how to use my team to my advantage, how to make plans, and just general game smarts. i really dedicate my season 2 MVP to u guys, im really sorry i left like this hope you guys understand it has nothing to do with you guys just my passion. ik every team would want you guys cuz u guys are the best coaches in the world, gonna miss you guys a lot <3

      CHRIS: no one talks about it but you are the real reason for our success in S2 if u didnt restructure shock the way u did after s1 we woulda been fucked so u a real hero for that. all that aside ur the best GM 100%, u helped me develop sooo much as a person and you were always so supportive of any decision i made, you just wanted what was best for me and for that i appreciate you so much. i hope you actually do like a 5 year reunion thing with shock im very down for that HIT ME UP MAN