North American academy team Fusion University Fusion University Contenders KR Rank #3 has announced its loan of Whoru to Meta Athena Meta Athena Contenders KR Rank #7 . As a result, Whoru will play for Meta Athena for the foreseeable future.
"WhereRU?"— Fusion University (@FusionUni) December 12, 2018
Fusion University is announcing the loan of @whoru to @TheMetaGaming! We thank WhoRU for all of his efforts in our first two seasons, and wish him luck with his temporary new team! pic.twitter.com/WMuQVwNusg
The Fusion did not respond to requests for details of the loan at the time of publication. In other sports, a team retains the contract of a player they loan out while the team receiving the player pays a fee to have the player join their team temporarily. Generally players return to their original teams at the end of the loan period.
This is the first official player loan since the Overwatch League began. It is unknown how long Whoru will be on loan to Meta Athena.
Whoru has played the last two seasons of Contenders with Fusion University, helping the team win back-to-back Contenders North America titles. Before that, he was a member of Lunatic-Hai and was a starter on their APEX Season 2 championship roster.
He could make his debut for Meta Athena December 17 when the team plays against Gen.G Esports.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that this was the first loan in Overwatch history. It has been updated to say the first loan since the Overwatch League began.