Yay wins Esports PC Player of the year. Photo via Optic Gaming.

Yay wins Esports PC Player of the year. Photo via Optic Gaming.

Yay wins Esports PC Player of the year

Newsroom Dec 10, 2022

Optic Gaming stalwart Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker wrote his name with the veterans of gaming after being named the Esports PC Player of the year.  

The 24-year-old has been awarded Esports PC Player of the Year at The Game Awards 2022, ahead of some of the legendary names like Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, and Finn “karrigan” Andersen.

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The Cloud9 Valorant prodigy has stepped up for OpTic Gaming when it mattered the most and has been powering them to a championship win at Masters Reykjavik and consecutive top-three finishes at Copenhagen and Champions 2022. Suffice it to say that he is one of the biggest names in Valorant right now.

Following OpTic Gaming's failure in securing a franchising spot in the Americas League for 2023, yay is on the market and teams are essentially ready to jump at the chance of roping him into their teams. However, sadly his buyout has been a big issue and none of the top teams is willing to put in such a sum to secure his services.

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He eventually signed with Cloud9, transforming them overnight into a super team to watch out for. Yay’s consistency throughout 2022 has been unrivaled and went on to perform for the American side excellently in consecutive LAN events. While other players would have standout performances, yay was singular in his impact all year.

He was able to come ahead of the best LoL player in faker, the best CSGO player in s1mple, and a CSGO veteran karrigan.

All things considered, yay kept up with his form consistently, driving the way for his group at Champions 2022 with 96 opening kills and just 40 first deaths. Praised for his mechanical ability and comprehension of the game, he is presently ready to make his introduction with Cloud9 at the Red Bull Home Ground 3 competition, where Cloud9 is one of the top choices to take everything.

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