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Meet the Video Gamers of S.F.’s Newest Pro Sports Team

The stars of the San Francisco Shock make their best moves sitting down.

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David "Nomy" Lizarraga Ramirez Osmar

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Dante "Danteh" Cruz

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Andreas "Nevix" Karlsson

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Nikola "Sleepy" Andrews

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Andrej "Babybay" Francisty

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Jay "Sinatraa" Won

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Matthew "Super" DeLisi

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Daniel "Dhak" Martinez Paz

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“The most common career-ending injury is carpal tunnel,” says Matthew DeLisi, who is known to fans as Super and is one of the nine members of the San Francisco Shock, the city’s first professional esports team.

DeLisi and his teammates train for up to 12 hours per day on a single video game: Overwatch, a first-person shooter that takes place in a not-so-distant future in which the machines have turned against their human creators. The Overwatch league has 12 teams representing cities from London to Seoul to Houston. The first official season kicked off in January, and since then the teams have been battling one another in up to three matches per week in front of a live audience at Blizzard Arena in Burbank.

DeLisi, who turned 18 in March, was recruited from his hometown of Philadelphia and is finishing up his high school requirements online while he embarks on his professional sports career—one that provides him with housing and meals and doles out individual salaries of up to $100,000 per year. Says DeLisi, “I would have never thought as a kid that I could play video games and get paid for it.”


Originally published in the April issue of
San Francisco

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