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North American Valorant Pro Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker Joins Bleed Esports

Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker, the Masters Reykjavik 2022 champion, has made a significant move by joining Bleed Esports. As the first prominent North American Valorant professional to join an Asian team, yay's decision is turning heads in the esports community.

In an interview with Bleed, yay explained his reasons for leaving the North American region and heading to Singapore. He expressed his belief that the Valorant scene in North America is declining and was intrigued by the “unique Valorant style” in the APAC and China regions. He wanted to experience this different playstyle to further develop his own game.

Yay also touched on the financial drama in North America's esports scene, with organizations like The Guard releasing their Valorant rosters despite winning tournaments. This uncertainty led to yay feeling that the move to Singapore was the right choice for him.

The North American star spoke highly of his experience with Bleed, noting that the environment is much more positive and friendly compared to his past teams. He praised the team's wholesome atmosphere and mentioned how toxic and dramatic his previous experiences had been.

Bleed Esports has an impressive track record, dominating the Valorant Challengers League's Malaysia and Singapore split with a record of 18-1. They also secured the top spot in their group during the Ascension Pacific 2023 tournament and defeated Boom Esports in the semifinals.

Yay, despite his international success in the past, remains grounded in his expectations for the upcoming season. He hopes to win and improve but recognizes that winning championships takes time and is focusing on being happy and performing well.

Bleed Esports' Valorant roster for VCT Pacific 2024 consists of Derrick “Deryeon” Yee, Ngô “crazyguy” Anh, Nutchaphon “sScary” Matarat, Javier “Egoist” Chu, and Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker. Yay has signed a two-year contract with Bleed and is preparing to compete against top teams in the region such as DRX and Paper Rex.

Source: Bleed Esports, Max “purest” Katz