Alongside Alex “Destroy” Benabe, NY Jets’ sophomore defender Ashtyn Davis took home $50,000 in an eSports competition in Las Vegas.
The New York Jets won’t play their first game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas until 2022 at the earliest. But one of their own picked up a big, lucrative win in Sin City over the weekend.
Congratulations to @Destroy_215 and @ashtyn for winning the Players League Invitational!! They're taking home $25,000 as well as bragging rights across the league. GG's to everyone who participated and a huge thank you to Red Tail for hosting us! #PS2021 pic.twitter.com/WD0wiaG0zg
— Subnation (@subnationgg) July 10, 2021
The event, featuring the game Call of Duty: Warzone, was held at the RedTail gaming bar and was produced by Subnation.
Davis, clad in a camouflaged Jets cap, posted photos and a video of his win on Instagram, claiming there were “insane vibes all weekend.” New York teammates La’Mical Perine and Milo Eifler were among those congratulating Davis, while former fellow defender Arthur Maulet (now of the Pittsburgh Steelers) asked for a share.
According to Benabe, this weekend’s triumph is his 10th professional victory. While Davis is less experienced, he’s had his success on the eSports circuit. He previously shared a runner-up finish in another Warzone tournament, the Mainland Gaming 2v2.
He earned $250.00 under the pseudonym “walkonAD” (per esportsearnings.com), referencing his status as a walk-on at Cal-Berkeley before building a strong career as a Golden Bear.
Those endeavors culminated in a nomination for the Burlsworth Trophy, annually awarded to the nation’s most outstanding walk-on. Previous winners include Baker Mayfield (twice) and Hunter Renfrow while Davis’ fellow finalists include Carl Nassib and Rodrigo Blankenship.
The Jets chose Davis in the third round (68th overall) of last year’s virtual draft. He earned 36 tackles over 10 games (six starts) in his debut season and is projected to compete against Lamarcus Joyner for the starting safety job next to Marcus Maye.
For more on Davis’ gaming endeavors, view his Twitch channel here.
Alex “Destroy” Benabe’s Twitch channel can be found here.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags