Hello my friends, this post is to announce that I will not be competing in Call of Duty anymore.
YouTube videos soon to explain more specific details as to why I am making this decision.
I want to start by stating how grateful I am for having the ability to be competing for so long and have the immense amount of success that I have had. I have been truly blessed to have this opportunity that so many others would love to have the chance to participate in. I have had so many memorable moments while doing this, all of which I will never forget or take for granted. I appreciate all of you that have shown your support over the years during the highest and lowest points of my "career" because there have been a lot of times where I have wanted to lash out, but I usually prefer to take the high road and keep my positive demeanor even when I probably shouldn't. I have learned so many things in past 6 or so years doing this, some of which are good and some very bad of how this community continues to operate. All I can do now is take all of that knowledge I have acquired over the years and put my efforts into something that I am more passionate about, which hopefully can continue to help the E-sports scene flourish.
Anyone that has been a regular in my stream the past year and a half or so could probably identify that my passion and love for the game has been slowly diminishing over the past few games. This has been fueled by a complex combination of poor results, horrible team chemistry, blatant disrespect, and many empty promises made by different people in the community that I simply do not wish to be a part of anymore. I have tried my hardest for all of these years to not complain, not put anybody down and be a good role-model and teammate for the many people that are involved with CoD E-sports and hopefully that didn't go unnoticed. Hopefully people in the community can try and take a page out of my book and try and be better to each other because there are many things that our community still does wrong in that regard.
Do I think I still have what it takes to do well in terms of talent/mentality/experience? Sure. Do I think that all of the time/stress/willpower I have been putting in recently has been worth my time? Not even close. Those of you that have been actively involved with my stream has been a huge part of what has kept me going for so long, so I thank you guys for that and I will continue to keep the stream going as long as it makes sense for me to do so.
I believe that I can be much more of an asset to the E-sports community in some other way besides competing and now is the time to figure out what the next step is going to be for me. Hopefully I will be able to transition into another role that can help our community continue to grow because there is still a long way to go for us.
It has been a great run boys, maybe I will be able to cast some events for you guys in the future and help you guys continue to improve at the game. I'm sure you guys will continue to see me around in some way :)
Tyler "TeeP" Polchow