These days, Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth doesn’t mind getting straight to the point. Asked about his path to Overwatch, the 20-year-old Brit readily concedes it was love at first sight.

“I’ve never fallen in love with a game as much or as quickly as Overwatch,” he admitted fondly. “When it first came out, I was playing immediately with friends. We would play six-stack Quick Play with Bastion, Reinhardt, and Mercy and we just had the most fun at the beginning of the game—and I’ve loved it ever since.”

Those early hours of spamming shields paid off, as Fusions has become known as one of the league’s premier Reinhardt players after two stages with the Boston Uprising. His game has come a long way since the beginning, but the biggest growth has been his evolution into a leader for his team. He’s the emotional center of the squad, a one-man hype crew, and the rallying cry when things are going poorly—and they have, at times. Boston has managed a 7-7 record through the midpoint of the season and that’s with three reverse-sweeps.

Watch Fusions wow the crowds in the Overwatch League and you’ll see a talented player who has grown into a true leader, but what you won’t see is the journey he’s taken to get here. You won’t see the 17-year-old kid who did all the right things—had good grades, good extracurriculars, a university scholarship offer, and a path laid out ahead of him in life—but to whom accounting and finance were, well, boring.

“Look, it’s not what I wanted to do with my life, but it’s what I was decent at,” he explained. “I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do, but one thing is I did watch esports and always thought about the what-if. What if I could do that?”

Of course, what-ifs don’t mean much on their own. But after finishing in the Top 500 his first season of playing, suddenly that idea in the back of his mind began to creep up. After discussing it with his parents, Fusions made a deal with himself: he’d give it a year to try and make a run of it, and if it didn’t work out then he would go to university, however boring it may be.

“My mom didn’t really understand at the beginning and my stepdad was confused about what it was, but they trusted me,” he said. “They’ve fully supported me and I’m lucky to have that support. It’s made everything possible.”

Before, Fusions had been unevenly navigating a major change in his life, and the uncertainty was taking its toll. Once he was released from expectations and free to chase his dreams, though, his steady rise through the ranks was mirrored by his transformation from an unmotivated university student to a hyper-focused and—as the results improved—increasingly confident leader. After bouncing around with smaller teams, his big break came when he joined the British Hurricane in 2018 and became a key part of their championship run in Season 1 of Contenders Europe.

An Overwatch World Cup performance with the UK later that year announced to the entire world that he was a player to be watched, and it wasn’t long before his whirlwind call-up from Contenders to the Overwatch League after signing a two-way contract with the Uprising just a few days prior. The fact that the move came so far ahead of his imagined schedule—and just days before the season opener—surprised Fusions as much as anyone. To make things more challenging, Boston was scheduled to open the season against the New York Excelsior, playoff semifinalists last season.

“New York was number one in everyone’s minds, and we were like 18th in every power ranking,” Fusions recited proudly, relishing the memory of a match the Uprising narrowly lost but which left no doubt they wouldn’t be overlooked. “I didn’t have time to take any of it in, I was just trying to get here [to LA]. But after the first game, it sank in. I had that same feeling I had at the World Cup, that I was going to be able to perform. We put on a show, on one-and-a-half days of team practice. That was crazy, and I’m really proud of that.”

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Fusions hasn’t changed in some ways—he still likes to play silly team compositions in Quick Play—but he’s come a long way from the kid who watched professional gamers and dismissed the idea that he could ever join them. He’s gone from searching for local teams to play with to making highlight-reel Earthshatters seem easy in the Overwatch League, from searching for videos on how to improve to working with one of the best coaching staffs in the world.

Fusions has made it to the top of the esports world and he’s determined to make the most of it.

“I’ve learned more from the coaches in Boston in a few months than I learned from a year of coaches before that,” he said. “There’s a consistent schedule and it’s a healthier lifestyle, and that allows for better synergies with teammates—and you really get to know your teammates personally. For me, Colourhex has inspired me quite a lot; he’s a very motivated guy and it’s great to have that on your team because it helps you to really remember what you got into it for.”

Fusions describes his journey as a surreal experience: three years ago, he didn’t know what he wanted to do, but now he’s found a direction. “I’ve achieved the goals I was working toward and now I have new goals,” he added.

If Fusions’ track record is any indication, he’ll accomplish many of those new goals at some point. But there’s one thing he’s hoping to do soon, something he owes to the people who made the deal with him, which made everything else possible.

“My parents have never been able to see me play in person,” he said. “I really hope eventually they’ll be able to come and see a game.”