FalleN Plans to Retire From CS:GO in 2023, Talks About His Future
The end of an era for Brazilian Counter-Strike.
The two-time Major champion, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, has revealed that he plans to retire from compeitive CS:GO at the end of next year in 2023.
He confirmed this yesterday on 26th July during the latest episode of the 'Monkey Business Show' podcast, a popular esports-related talk show hosted by Johan "N0tail" Sundstein (Founder of OG) and Juan M.R. Luna (CEO of OG).
This is actually not the first time that the Brazilian legend has spoken about when he plans to hang up his boots. During the press conference for IEM Cologne 2022, he said "I want to play for maybe a year and a half, maybe a little bit more, but that's it."
However, the 31-year-old did go on to explain in detail what he plans on doing once he stops competing professionally, still confused between three potential paths all related to either esports or gaming.
Brazilian CS:GO legend FalleN talks about his retirement plans
Popularly known as the 'Godfather of Brazilian CS', FalleN was amongst the first players from the region to not only lift a CS:GO Major trophy, but win two of them in a row.
He is credited with putting Brazil on the global map as one of the top contenders to look out for and has taken charge of the 'last dance' project, currently competing under the banner of Imperial Esports.
It was public knowledge, since the team came together, that this would be the final push from FalleN in competitive CS:GO, after having dedicated almost 18 years to esports during which he influenced a lot of people and ammased a huge fan following.
Talking about his retirement plan from CS:GO during the podcast, FalleN said that though nothing was set in stone, he has three potential paths to choose from, all of them keeping him involved in either esports or gaming.
The first was pretty obvious, stepping down as a player and taking on the role of a coach, but the Brazilian feels that this would not be much different than his current life, "Sometimes I feel the itch of going into coaching and helping other teams to succeed and get wins. But at the same time, it would be complicated because it’s kind of the same life that I live right now, where I don’t get to spend too much time at home."
As he loves to create content and also wants to spend more time at home, FalleN's second path is to take up streaming and content creation, “I really like streaming, I really like creating content and being in touch with people. Streaming is pretty cool because I would be able to stay at home, and that’s something that I think about."
The third path is quite different but something that attracts FalleN, which is to develop and shape the next generation of CS:GO players from Brazil, "I really like the teaching part of the game, where I can develop new players. I have a lot of knowledge that I really know how to pass on. That’s what I did a long time ago, and maybe when I finish, I can go back to it."
FalleN along with his current team Imperial Esports managed to surprise many with their performance at the PGL Antwerp Major 2022. With a few speculated roster shuffles on the way, ahead of the IEM Rio Major 2022, it will be interesting to see how he leads this team in the months ahead.