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South-Korean player Gu-taek “stax” Kim has announced his retirement from competitive CS:GO as he wishes to pursue a career in the tactical first-person shooter VALORANT.
The 20-year-old had just started his career three years ago in 2017 with a team called v0rtex 5, quickly rising through the ranks to join for the best South-Korean CS:GO organization MVP PK in March 2019.
The youngster enjoyed playing CS:GO at the highest tier within Asia, even getting a chance to play in a few international tournaments like ESL One: Cologne 2019, IEM Sydney 2019, and StarLader Berlin Major 2019: Minor 3rd Place Play-In.
Just last week the entire CS:GO lineup of MVP PK parted ways with the organization as their contracts came to an end, turning their focus towards VALORANT. Their coach Pyeon “termi” Seon-ho was quite confident in the lineup performing well in VALORANT, but no certain plans were shared at the moment.
Since then, stax has been the first player to make an official statement regarding his future, as he formally announces his retirement from CS:GO, thanking all the people that supported and helped him on his journey. In conclusion, the player promised to “put everything into this game.”
While it is still quite early to speculate anything about how Riot plans on formulating the esports circuit surrounding the game, they have certainly taken the first steps to lay the groundwork for the future.