The Bizarre Release of Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker from Cloud9: 100 Thieves CEO Nadeshot Weighs In

Cloud9 released Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker and is now teamless, according to Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, creator and CEO of 100 Thieves. Nadeshot is familiar with the market surrounding Valorant players because the CEO has previously destroyed his squad and then completely rebuilt it. Nadeshot said that the situation around yay was a little peculiar, as Cloud9 released him a few months after signing due to role issues.

Also, Nadeshot remarked, “The whole thing strikes me as very bizarre.” The former Call of Duty expert stated that he would comprehend if the team felt Yay was not contributing and that the remaining three players should bench Anthony “vanity” Malaspina. That isn’t the case with Cloud9, as many have speculated that the North American company cut ties with yay to balance its finances.

They had to have spoken with him and his agent and said, “Listen, we want you here. We think you’re the greatest North American Valorant player. We are unable to pay this wage. Do you want to revise in good faith, remain with us, and resolve this issue together? If not, that’s completely fine too. We’ll let you leave without being charged so that you can continue on your way. But let’s attempt to make this work if not,” the CEO of 100 Thieves said.

The CEO of Cloud9, Jack Etienne, claimed on Reddit that the company is “in a great place financially,” but he did acknowledge that he is “controlling costs” given the current state of the economy.

Nadeshot makes assumptions regarding yay’s exit from Cloud9.

The CEO also addressed the lack of interest shown in yay before the midseason transfer window shut and used Call of Duty player Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr to support his case. In his opinion, every team in the Call of Duty League would jump at the opportunity to sign the Atlanta FaZe star.

Nadeshot said, “Usually if something doesn’t seem right, it’s not right.” In the 2022–23 offseason, 100 Thieves were in the running to acquire yay, but they decided to sign teenage prodigy Matthew ‘Cryocells’ Panganiban instead because he was the “best fit” for their young team. YAY has not found a residence, but pride has settled at Shopify Rebellion. The former OpTic Gaming star has been participating in ranked play and tweeting highlight videos.

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