Sentinels CEO Rob Moore clarified the situation about ShahZaM after the player said on stream that he was kept in the dark about the new signings.


Sentinels CEO Says He Reminded ShahZaM About Not Having a Contract

ShahZaM is determined to compete and says he's not going anywhere!

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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Sentinels is rebuilding its Valorant roster for the upcoming VCT 2023 season.
Sentinels CEO Rob Moore clarified the situation about ShahZaM after the player said on stream that he was kept in the dark about the new signings.

The rebuilding of the Sentinels Valorant roster has been the talk of the community for the last few days now. With Sentinels making Valorant franchising, it was evident that the organization would be making roster changes moving forward. However, Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan learned about his future in the team via an article as he was streaming, giving the impression that he received the news of his departure alongside everyone else. Sentinels CEO Rob Moore addressed this and issued clarity on the ShahZaM situation.

The off-season of Valorant esports has been wild with players and coaches leaving and joining teams and going to different regions before the start of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023. Sentinels has already brought in new coaches and also signed former XSET player Zachary “zekken” Patrone.

Rob Moore’s statement about ShahZaM 

On 6th October, Rob Moore revealed on Twitter that he reminded ShahZaM that he did not have a contract for the 2023 season. He said, “I want to clarify the situation with @ShahZaMk, on 9/21 (21st September) I reminded him he did not have a contract for next season, we were most likely bringing in new coaches, they would decide the new roster and he was free to contact other teams.

Additionally, Moore said ShahZaM had a long talk with the new coaches and that no contract was offered to him. He added, “Before we had signed new players, George Geddes leaked roster moves while shahz was on stream, that was not an announcement from the team, the timing was unfortunate but certainly not a surprise.

ShahZaM talks about his disappointment, future plans

Replying to Moore’s tweet, ShahZaM stated that he messaged Rob privately. He added, “But my disappointment in this process was lack of comms from my team of the last 3 years. Deciding they want to restart is entirely their choice but the timing of the leak, along with being in the dark, created the emotional response you saw on stream.

ShahZaM asserted that his grind continues despite his disappointment of not being included in Sentinels’ 2023 roster. He said he’s open to both Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams looking to win. In a recent stream, ShahZaM said, “I’m not going anywhere, I’m still competing. I’ve been extremely fortunate over the last three years. This is just a natural thing in life like I’ve been in this a long time. I've been here before. It’s like Jump King. You fall, you get back up.”

Sentinels’ new signings

Sentinels signed two new coaches for the upcoming, revamped 2023 VCT season. It brought in former XSET head coach Don “SyykoNT” Muir as its head coach and former Ghost Gaming coach Adam Kaplan as its strategic coach. In addition to zekken, Dot Esports reported that the team will also be signing Rory “Dephh” Jackson. Sentinels will be competing in the three-week kick-off tournament of VCT 2023 in February next year where all 30 partnered teams will convene in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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