Swedish Counter-Strike player Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi has announced his retirement from the title alongside his plans to pursue a professional career in VALORANT. He joins a growing list of Counter-Strike players not currently signed to an organization that have jumped ship to Riot Games’ new first-person shooter.
In the TwitLonger post, pyth pays credit to Counter-Strike, stating that “grinding 12 hours a day this game has made me to who I am today, I’ve met so much people that are so important to me in my life, I’m so thankful for everything this game has done for me and creating memories that I will never forget for the rest of my life.”
Pyth has been teamless since May 2019 when he and Vexed parted ways. Prior to that he’d played on Chaos, Enyoy, GODSENT, and Ninjas in Pyjamas among others.
“These past years (after NiP) I’ve felt that I have never managed to get back to the level I once was on, I never found a place where I felt I belonged and it has been hard to find the right groove with different projects, I have learned so much from all the mistakes but also taken with me the good stuff,” he explained.
The 26-year-old then goes on to express his new found “spark” for VALORANT and his plan to “grind at least 12 hours a day with the goal to become one of the best players in the best team.”
Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, Hunter “SicK” Mims, Braxton “brax” Pierce, and more have already made the jump with ShahZaM explaining the current CS:GO landscape of two major leagues being the reason behind his decision.
Pyth won’t be the last as more players look to find their place or a new place in the world of esports before hanging up their mouse.