Born on March 19, 1994 in Winter Springs, Florida, USA, Zachary Scuderi is a streamer as well as a professional gamer, best known for appearing in the competitive “League of Legends” scene as a member of the team Cloud 9 (C9 ). He is also known for his cosplays, which often involve cross-dressing of popular “League of Legends” female characters, a practice also known as crossplay.
The wealth of sneaky
As of early 2020, Sneaky’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, largely earned through a successful career in professional gaming.
He has earned significant income from his victories in “League of Legends” tournaments, as well as his work in Cloud 9, and the money he earns from streaming on Twitch.
Early life in gaming
Growing up in Winter Springs, Sneaky was very interested in competitive gaming from an early age. Playing numerous games, he was first active with the massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) “World of Warcraft” as part of the 2v2 competition scene during the sixth season. He often played, but also had to deal with schoolwork.
Eventually his focus shifted to Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas or MOBAs. These types of games often pit two teams against each other, often for a specific goal within the space of a closed arena.
These types of games are often considered highly strategic, skill-based and take some time to master. He initially played “Heroes of Newerth”, also called “Defense of the Ancients” (DOTA).
Professional League of Legends
After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a degree in computer science. During college, Sneaky began playing the “League of Legends” MOBA consistently. The game released in 2009 was created with the help of former “DOTA” developers and shared some similarities. In the game, players take on the role of summoners who control champions selected from a large pool of characters.
One team of five then face off against another, aiming to destroy the team’s enemy base, primarily the large central structure called the Nexus. Since its launch, “League of Legends” has become a global phenomenon and one of the most popular games of the 2010s. The game has spawned numerous media outlets and even sponsored large-scale events.
“League of Legends” posted one strong emphasis on its competitive scene, with consistent updates to the game helping to promote its competitive quality. It also built a large world full of knowledge, which they would later expand through other related video games.
The owner Riot Games helped create the competitive scene through the League Championship Series (LCS) that held tournaments in the US. Other tournaments were later established in other parts of the world such as Europe, South Korea and China. Over the years, Sneaky consistently performed as one of the top players of the public ladder, leading him to be scouted by aspiring professional teams.
Join Cloud 9
After a year in college, Sneaky decided to leave school to fully focus on competitive gaming, first joining the Ordinance Gaming team in a carry (damage dealer) role. Over the years, he moved on to different teams before landing on Quantic Gaming, the team that would eventually be bought by Cloud 9.
Cloud 9 is a well-known name in the competitive scene, with teams in numerous video games across a variety of genres. They are known for their presence in MOBAs and First Person Shooters (FPS).
The team started in “League of Legends” and later expanded into other games following their success – some of their most successful efforts were in “Heroes of the Storm” and “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”. As part of Cloud 9, Sneaky built a reputation as one of the strongest carry-support duos with LemonNation, helping the team win many tournaments domestically. He made his debut with the team during the 2015 pre-season and helped the team qualify for the LCS, and they finished the season in second place behind Team Solo Mid (TSM).
The many successes and failures
After a change in their roster, Cloud 9 struggled through the rest of the year before finally improving their second-half results, qualifying as the third seed in the World Championship of the year, with Sneaky taking the Most Valuable Player award got to help the team get there. They surprised everyone with an undefeated first week and reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated. They failed to qualify during the 2016 season, and the following year made adjustments that positively affected their winning percentage, putting them in the lead in North America. They qualified for the world championship, but lost again in the quarterfinals.
After a poor performance during the start of the 2018 season, Sneaky was benched with other players in favor of substitutes, which did not go well for Cloud 9. He was reinstated during the second half and helped the team qualify for the world championships. again, where they finally broke through and became the first North American team to achieve the top four at the Worlds. His performance got him voted into the all-star event.
After a poor performance in 2019, Sneaky announced he would focus on stream, and has left Cloud 9’s main roster, although he remains with the company. He has not yet retired, leading to speculation that he will return one day.
Sneaky has been in a relationship for two years with a woman known online as Esther Lynn. She makes a few appearances on his behalf and is credited with helping him through his several cross play efforts. There was a bit of speculation about his sexuality due to his cross plays, but he confirmed that he is straight. He just does the cross plays because a lot of his fans enjoy it, and because he has the features to make him look like a woman, and he likes to troll people. His girlfriend helps him with his make-up.
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