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Valorant Broadcast Talent Sean Gares Quits in Favor of Entering Competitive Scene

Abhimannu Das
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Riot Games' on-air talent member Sean Gares has quit the company in favor of entering competitive esports in Valorant.
The former CS:GO player is likely to enter an analyst or coaching role.
Sentinels is one of the North American teams where Gares might be a good fit as a coaching slot is available in the organization.

Sean Gares is one of the common faces amongst the on-air talent in Valorant events, but he wants to step away from broadcasting in favor of entering the competitive scene. Gares is a former CS:GO player who has competed with teams like Cloud9, Echo Fox and Misfits. Since Valorant’s release, Gares was focused on creating content and eventually became a part of Riot’s broadcast talent.

Why did Sean Gares leave casting?

Gares was a part of multiple Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) events in 2021 but he did not make the cut for 2021’s VCT Masters One Reykjavik event, which made him consider switching careers. He will continue to be a part of the Valorant community but he will focus on the competitive scene instead. He is likely to join as an analyst or coach in the near future.

Gares revealed that he has already informed Riot Games about his decision, and the publisher has accepted his departure from the talent team. The former CS:GO pro has received offers in the past to become a part of the coaching staff in esports teams but he chose to focus on content creation instead.

With Sentinels’ coach Shane "Rawkus" Flaherty leaving the team due to buyout complications, Gares might be a good fit for the North American team. The VCT 2021 Stage One and Two champions are currently looking for a coach. Flaherty revealed in a Twitter statement, “Contractually I have to change all my things back to FaZe but no intentions from either side to be a part of the team again. I've stated publicly that I only ever considered coaching because of the people who were involved and the environment that I was joining made it a perfect fit for me.”

Two of Sentinels’ players, Hunter “SicK” Mims and Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, have played with Gares in the past in Misfits. Khan tweeted a photo of the trio, which led to fans speculating about their reunion. Gares has not revealed his plans for the future just yet but he said that he will be announcing something soon.

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.