Sharp is one of the eldest veterans in the Call of Duty esports scene, dating back to the first MLG National Championship in 2009 which he won with team Xtravagant. Sharp continued his professional play with a multitude of different teams until finally finding a home with Team Kaliber. Sharp joined Team Kaliber in July of 2013 where he would see consistent success, usually placing within the Top 8. Notably coming in second at his first MLG X Games Invitational in 2014 which made him one of the first Call of Duty silver medalists. I spoke with Sharp to talk about his past success, his decision to come out of retirement, and how he plans to get back to the top.
You continued that success with many top 8 finishes in the years following. In those early days before Team Kaliber, did you ever think Call of Duty would reach this level of esports fandom? And what has the increased fandom done for your and personal life?
I always had an idea Call of Duty could have a large fan base because of the amount of people that played the game and how much attention it got on YouTube. I think some steps back have been taken but nothing that can’t be fixed. Increased fandom has helped me, my friends, and the organization that I have been apart since it started, grow into what it is today.
You’ve won multiple major tournaments in your career and even a Silver Medal at the X Games, but what has been your greatest achievement in gaming?
I’d say my greatest achievement in gaming has been survival. A lot of people want to always credit a tournament or award they have won. I have been around since 2008 and have seen a lot of players/casters/teams/talent come and go but I have managed to stick around.
You’ve been associated with Team Kaliber (tK) dating back to July of 2013. You had a lot of ups at the beginning with tK but flattened out in the jetpack era. What do you attribute the decline of tK’s placements in the last couple years?
It could be more competition in the scene or it could be the jetpack Call of Duty games, only this year will tell what is true with COD going back to boots on the ground.
In May of 2016, you retired from professional Call of Duty, what went into your decision to step away from the game that you saw so much success for so long?
After we did not qualify for the CWL Stage 2 and were considered an amateur team I figured it was time to take a break. Ever since Advanced Warfare I had been playing Call of Duty just to play, not because I enjoyed it. I eventually decided it was time to do something I enjoyed.
Following your retirement, you became more consistent with your YouTube and Twitch content. What are some of the biggest differences in being a content creator and professional player? Would are some of the pro’s and cons to both?
The biggest differences are the hours. YouTube doesn’t take up as much time as playing professional COD. YouTube also was paying better at the time. The only pro to playing COD to me is it’s fun to compete.
Lastly, you announced in August that you are coming out of retirement. What went into your decision to come back to professional COD and what are your goals and expectations going into COD: WWII?
I decided to come back and give WW2 a try because I enjoyed the beta so much. I felt the love for the game that I used to have and decided f**k it why not. My goals are of course to get into the CWL, and win.
Sharp has been one of the most consistent players in Call of Duty history.
I’d say my greatest achievement in gaming has been survival. A lot of people want to always credit a tournament or award they have won. I have been around since 2008,” Sharp said. I wouldn’t be surprised when he comes back for WWII to see that consistency again. If anything I’m intrigued by the retired players coming back for COD:WWII to see if their hearts are in it enough to keep up with hungry young players.