Today, Minnesota Røkkr announced it signed Warzone streamer Ben “Almond” Rosendahl, a Minnesota native. Since Warzone was released, Almond has quickly made himself known on the tournament circuit, whether he’s competing in duos, trios or quads.
The announcement comes on the eve of this week’s Twitch Rivals and Call of Duty World Series of Warzone tournament, in which Almond will compete with Tommey and Newbz. Almond took home the top prize with this same team in April’s $50,000 Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.
“We are all about Warzone streamers right now!” said Ashley Glassel, director of content at Version1. “It’s so exciting to add a competitor like Almond to our growing Warzone roster. He’s competing at a super high level and is adding a lot of excitement for fans of this game. We couldn’t be happier to have this hometown guy join our team.”
Almond currently sits at number seven on the list of top Warzone earners of all time. His first major win was the $50,000 Chipotle Challengers Series Warzone Challenge in May 2020. In that tournament, his team took home $25,000 and donated another $25,000 to charity.
Almond started playing Call of Duty when Black Ops 1 came out, but it wasn’t until Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 that he started competing in wagers and tournaments. Soon after that he moved into other games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout. “I started playing Warzone when the game dropped,” says Almond. “I was really good at the game, so I would get a decent number of viewers. That really motivated me to grind my stream more.”
Almond believes that developing his skillset by playing other battle royales prepared him well for the transition into Warzone, where he became competitive quickly. Including Blazt and Smixie, Almond is the third Warzone streamer to join Røkkr, the fourth content creator Version1 has signed overall, and the first streamer signed who is from Minnesota. “Røkkr is a massive org in Call of Duty. I grew up in Minnesota, it’s my home state,” Almond says. “This kind of feels like a dream come true.”
While Warzone is currently his game of choice, in part because of the unlimited content he’s able to leverage playing it, in the future Almond is keeping his options open. He is focused on continuing to grow his stream, build his community and his skillset as a streamer and content creator overall. “I don’t want the game I’m playing to dictate my support and viewership.” He believes his skill playing battle royales overall is a strength for longevity, especially as tournaments and esports overall continues to innovate around those types of games.
Ultimately, Almond wants to do right by his fans and his growing community. He credits them with helping him rise in the ranks of competitive Warzone and looks forward to continuing to create content and entertainment they love to see. “I’m so grateful for the unwavering support from my community … they’re always there.”
Tune in here to catch all three Minnesota Røkkr Warzone streamers as they compete in the Twitch Rivals and Call of Duty World Series of Warzone this week, starting today at 4pm CT with the draft.