Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, is continuing to plague the gaming scene, this time by announcing that he is recruiting for an Apex Legends esports team. By posting on Twitter, he aims to take the esports world by storm (like he did with his game console) and is now looking for hopefuls to join him on Xbox One under the gamer tag, Souljaboytellem.
— Soulja Boy “Draco” (@souljaboy) February 19, 2019
It shouldn’t be shocking because Soulja Boy had expressed interest in esports.
“Honestly, I’m starting a gaming org in 2019,” he said in an interview with TMZ. “We’re going to be finding and hiring talent, I’m putting together a team for Fortnite, putting together a team for Call of Duty, putting together a team for Overwatch, CounterStrike, all of that.”
Soulja Boy has cited Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins as his influence into the industry, who had been helping him understand the ins and outs of streaming and gaming.
The musician has made his mark in the gaming industry with the SouljaGame Console and SouljaGame Handheld. Both resemble cheap knock-offs you could find in a hole-in-the-wall convenience store in South Asia. This was immediately met with ridicule and lawsuits from Nintendo, despite claiming “high sales.”
Soulja Boy had refuted the claims of taking down the products from his site due to legal threats. But his reaction to the retirement of Nintendo of America President Reggie Fil-Aime speaks a different story.
Paraphrasing the words of the great musician, in the esports world, you either crank dat soulja boy or it cranks you.