Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro marks the rare case of an esports player dominating across multiple games. In an exclusive Dexerto interview to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, he tells us more about his rise in esports.
Less than a month after turning 16, Shotzzy won his first Halo event. The phenom went on to win the 2018 Halo World Championship. After Halo 5’s final tournament, he jumped onto Call of Duty, making a name for himself on Black Ops 4 Search and Destroy wagering matches.
Shotzzy made a seamless transition, winning two major Call of Duty League titles with Envy’s Dallas Empire, capping his rookie season with a World Championship. The blossoming superstar became the first-ever multi-FPS world champion at just 19 years old.
OpTic Gaming has merged with Envy and added Shotzzy into the CoD Vanguard fold, joining a superstar lineup that includes Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal, Seth “Scump” Abner, and Brandon “Dashy” Otell. After winning Major 1, The Green Wall failed to win another major in 2022, falling short of expectations.
Rumors swirled and many speculated that Optic Texas would shake up their roster ahead of Modern Warfare 2. However, the organization decided to give their star roster another go, keeping Shotzzy.
The Call of Duty star shared the story of his rise to fame and thanked his mother for helping him achieve his dream.
Shotzzy on inspiring the next generation of Hispanic gamers
Shotzzy won his 2020 Call of Duty World Championship ring with Dallas Empire, in his freshman year in the esports.
Shotzzy grew up in a family with five brothers and a single mother during a period of her childhood.
He said other Hispanic families were strict or didn’t understand video games, but his mother gave him the freedom to pursue his passion. Shotzzy’s stepfather didn’t understand the game at first, but eventually got over it.
“It’s cool to see people come into my chat and say I’m from a Hispanic family, and they don’t really understand because of where I’m from,” Shotzzy said. “So I identify with that in a way, and it’s cool for the kids to see if he can do it, why can’t I do it.”
Shotzzy recalled playing with Hispanic friends online as a child and how they would get spanked by a chankla sandal or yelled at for disconnecting.
“I never experienced that or the really strict things that they experienced. If my mom was strict and I couldn’t play, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
His proudest moment as a content creator
Streaming from an Xbox One with nothing more than a Kinect camera and microphone, Shotzzy humbly started his streaming career playing Halo 2 Anniversary. He remembers watching his uncle play 10 hours of Halo a day as a semi-pro gamer, which inspired him.
Following in his uncle’s footsteps, Shotzzy slowly built a community before making a name for himself playing Black Ops 4 wagering matches against current CDL pros such as teammate OptTic Texas iLLeY.
“Having people come into my chat and say I’m glad you’re streaming because it helps me with everything I’m going through, and I get that quite often,” Shotzzy said. “So the fact that I can do that is really humbling for me.”
If he had to advise aspiring streamers, it would be to “stream with everything you have in front of you”. His rise to fame proves you don’t need an expensive PC or microphone to do it.
Shotzzy continues the legacy of CoD
Scump and Shotzzy are one of the best SMG duos in the league.
Shotzzy has teamed up with the biggest names in CoD before. He won a World Championship with Ian “Crimsix” Porter and James “Clayster” Eubanks and currently forms an SMG duo with Scump. He’s not afraid to carry on their legacy after hanging up the boots.
“No, just because what they did is really good for the community, and I want to do the same thing they did, produce content,” Shotzzy said. “I want to be a good example for the CoD community, and I look forward to creating content and earning along the way.”
Whether or not Shotzzy reaches the pinnacle of CoD, he’s already established himself as one of the most exciting players in FPS history.