Chinese CS:GO Pro XiaosaGe Announces Retirement
- 31-year-old Chinese CS:GO pro XiaosaGe has left Invictus Gaming while also announcing his retirement from competitive CS:GO.
- He showed no desire to stay in the CS:GO scene, even in a different role such as that of a coach or a manager.
- XiaosaGe's most notably played for Invictus Gaming and 5Power Gaming, winning several Asian tournaments along with them.
Peng "XiaosaGe" Song has officially announced his retirement from professional CS:GO. The 31-year-old spent the majority of his career competing in the Chinese and the Asian region, most notably playing for the Chinese organizations 5Power Gaming (2017-19) and most recently Invictus Gaming (2020-21). XiaosaGe’s last appearance was with Invictus at the Hot Pot Masters Championship, a Chinese LAN tournament held in Jan 2021, where they beat TYLOO in the grand finals to take first place, along with $15,000 USD in cash prize. The Chinese rifler has achieved many first-place finishes in domestic tournaments and has experienced playing internationally as well. In 2018, XiaosaGe along with 5Power peaked at No.47 in the HLTV world team rankings.
XiaosaGe retires from competitive CS:GO
XiaosaGe, a Chinese pro who began his career in 2016 has announced his retirement from professional CS:GO. At 31 years old, the experienced player has expressed “age and physical reasons” to be the reason behind his decision. Besides that, XiaosaGe showed no desire to stay in the scene and shift to a different role or game.
In a statement by CSGO2ASIA, the 31-year-old was quoted as saying, “…Because of age and physical reasons, I have withdrawn from the Invictus Gaming CS:GO division and retired from my professional career.”
XiaosaGe mostly played in Chinese and Asian tournaments during his career but got his first International break during the 2017 ROG Masters Grand Finals. He continued playing with 5Power in 2018, with whom he went on to compete in multiple international CS:GO tournaments. These include the Qi Invitational, EPICENTER 2018 Wildcard round, and PLG Grand Slam.
In 2019, XiaosaGe left 5Power and had a short stint with Rising-Stars which was also a Chinese esports organization. In April 2020, XiaosaGe signed with Invictus Gaming, where he spent the rest of his time as a professional CS:GO player up until his retirement.
XiaosaGe walks away from his career with a win in his final game. He last played during the Hot Pot Masters Championship, which was a Chinese LAN tournament where Invictus beat TYLOO in the grand finals to secure a first place finish.
Throughout his 5 year career, XiaosaGe has earned $59,000 USD from tournament winnings. These are mostly from winning some big domestic tournaments. His biggest prize win was $20,000 USD during the China Internet Gaming 2016, an event held in 2017.
XiaosaGe made the following statement about his retirement, “Since 2017, I have known a lot of good friends, have a lot of happy memories. I also want to thank everyone who accompanied me all the way, all the best in your future endeavors, and finally wish my old teammates better and better results.”