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Michigan esports player goes pro

July 29, 2022

Northwood University’s Kevin Bonanno (FAME) signs with the Minnesota Rokkr

Northwood University’s Varsity Call of Duty team has found countless successes over the past year.

This can be attributed to the hard work of its players, though a certain player has stood out: Kevin Bonanno (FAME).

Bonanno came to Northwood from California, and the Northwood sophomore has officially been signed by the Minnesota Rokkr Call of Duty Franchise.

“Kevin was laser-focused on making it into the Call of Duty League, and his work ethic in the game showed,” said Northwood Esports Coach Cody Elsen. “We all knew months ago it was just a matter of time before FAME got signed to the league. I am very happy for him, and I’m excited to watch his pro career flourish.”

Bonanno helped lead Northwood to a 2022 Call of Duty National Championship; 2022 National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) Championship; and a 2022 UGC Spring Championship. Elsen said Bonanno exhibited true leadership through his consistent play and pushing his fellow teammates to improve.

“Northwood gave me the chance to play for one of the best programs in the country while pursuing a degree,” Bonanno said. “I am thrilled that I quickly made the pro league. The time at Northwood may have been short, but I am grateful.”

The Minnesota ROKKR is one of 12 franchise team slots in the Call of Duty League. The league was established in 2019 and had a $25 million buy-in fee. The Call of Duty League is comprised of the top 60 players in the world.

Northwood fields teams in 11 different Esports games. For more information about the program, visit our esports site or email Coach Cody Elsen at .

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