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Houston Outlaws DPS player Jacob “Jake” Lyon announced his retirement from professional Overwatch.
Jake began his professional career as a DPS player for team bird noises, the team was later picked up by Luminosity Gaming Evil, and then Jake became part of the Houston Outlaws. He competed in the Overwatch World Cup 2017 with the United States national team.
Today we say goodbye to @jakeow as he retires to pursue new opportunities.— Houston Outlaws (@Outlaws) December 7, 2019
Jake has been nothing short of an incredible player, teammate, and professional in his time with us.
We wish him nothing but the absolute best moving forward.
Forever an Outlaw. 💚 pic.twitter.com/Mm4R5e5AsQ
Jake explained the reasons behind his decision in a Twitlonger message, stating that the success in Overwatch led him to reevaluate his goals.
“In service of my own fulfillment and happiness…I know that I must step away from professional play for now,” Jake said. “In giving everything to grind the game, I have forcibly stagnated my process of learning, growth, and exploration that I feel allowed me to reach this competitive level in the first place.”
Jake mentioned that he has no regrets, he pursued his dream and gave it his all for a chance to compete at the highest competitive level.
“I guess I still am a competitive purist even now because I’d rather retire and pursue new dreams/goals than give less than 100% effort and collect an OWL player salary for another 12 months…” He wrote. “ In my heart that would feel like a betrayal of the teammates I have competed alongside over these past two years, as well as all of the dedicated, amazing fans who have cheered us on through all our setbacks.”
Jake assured his fans that he will remain in the Overwatch scenes, although he didn’t go into depth in regards to his future plans, for the time being, he will be streaming Overwatch on Twitch.
Jake’s retirement from the Overwatch League only comes days after NYXL announced the retirement of “Big Boss” Pine from professional Overwatch.