Former Call of Duty professional Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto is returning to FaZe Clan as a content creator.
ZooMaa comes home to FaZe Clan after parting with the organization he spent over four years with as a pro Call of Duty player. Now retired, ZooMaa will be pursuing content creation with FaZe Clan and bringing with him his popular podcast “The Flank.”
“The Flank” started in February of 2021 and has quickly grown in popularity for bringing on Call of Duty professionals in the scene to talk about the game’s mechanics, roster moves and general drama within the community. It boasts 195,000 followers on Twitch and over 34,000 followers on Twitter.
“ZooMaa has been part of the FaZe family since he began competing for us in 2015,” FaZe Clan Founder FaZe CBass said in an interview with the organization. “Having him return to the brand in the next stage of his career, as a creator, is something we are extremely excited about. He’s always been a natural fit here.”
ZooMaa on starting ‘The Flank’
Due to a repetitive thumb injury, ZooMaa retired from Call of Duty and followed the footsteps of many retired pros before him. He became an independent commentator and content creator within the Call of Duty scene with his podcast “The Flank.”
“Today is the day,” The Flank tweeted on Nov. 4; the day the show would be joining FaZe Clan.
Today is the day 🙌
— The Flank (@TheFlank) November 4, 2021
“The Flank” has evolved into a multi-format show and became the go-to for all commentary on the Call of Duty League, with ZooMaa becoming an authoritative voice in the scene. His Co-host Ben Nissim is no stranger to the Call of Duty League or FaZe Clan. He will also be returning to the organization after he was the team’s manager in the days of Call of Duty Black Ops 4, when ZooMaa was still competing for FaZe Clan.
“Being a professional gamer was a dream come true for me. Having to take a step back from playing Call of Duty competitively was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make,” ZooMaa said in an interview with FaZe Clan. “I have nothing but gratitude for the New York Subliners, my teammates and the fans for helping me find success post-injury. That said, I couldn’t be more excited to be welcomed back to FaZe Clan with open arms and am excited for what the future holds. FaZe Up!”
Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.