17-year-old Overwatch Pro “Sinatraa” signs a $150,000 Overwatch League contract
Jay “Sinatraa” Won’s salary is $100,000 per year above the league minimum
Jay “Sinatraa” Won, the North American Overwatch star, has signed a massive $150,000-per-year contract with NRG Esports and joined NRG’s Overwatch League roster, according to ESPN. The opening season of the Overwatch League is ready to launch, with the official signing window for teams open until October 30..
The 17-year-old’s $150,000 per year contract is $100,000 higher compared to the $50,000 salary per year for the regular gamers, reports the sources. Besides this, along with his future teammates, the Overwatch star is also entitled to receive 50 percent of team bonuses, per Overwatch League rules. All of the League’s contracts are one-year guaranteed deals with health insurance, housing as well as retirement benefits.
In Season 1 of the Overwatch League, up to $3.5 million in bonuses are available. If Won continues his remarkable play, his earnings will likely go over the $150,000 amount of his contract.
The dispute between NRG Esports and Cloud9 saw both of them going after the highly sought sinatraa to complete agreements that resulted in the player’s upped salary (nearly $50,000) negotiations. Finally, the bidding war was won by NRG, and the agreement was signed by sinatraa’s mother on behalf of him, as he is a minor. NRG Esports refused to comment.
NRG Esports owns one of the nine teams that have currently signed up for the first season of the Overwatch League.
Sinatraa reunites with his former coach Brad Rajani, under whom he played at Selfless Gaming. He left Selfless after the organization disbanded back in July and has since signed on with NRG Esports as their coach.
Sinatraa is known as one of the best North American DPS players. As part of the Overwatch World Cup, Sinatraa and the NRG Esports team will start Overwatch Season 1 play against South Korea on Nov. 3-4, at Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon in Anaheim, California.
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