Retiring from Competitive Rocket League
Following today's announcement of my release from Soniqs, I wanted to let everyone know that this is where I also end my career in competitive play. I had a career that I'm proud of, but I've been longing for something more that I think is found in continuing my university education full time, and if I want to pursue that then I believe now is the time to call it quits. If you want to know more about why I'm making this decision, keep on reading.
Rocket League has brought me so much joy over the past few years. Being able to be recognized at an international level for something so competitive was a new feeling to me. Meeting so many people from so many backgrounds online and at LANs was amazing, and going from team to team taught me so many things that I should be able to bring into the next phase of my life. I learned a lot from people who saw things differently than I did, in and out of game. I thank all of my teammates for the experience they gave me.
I'm proud of everything that I've done up to this point. While there will always be things I'd go back and change, I'm confident in a majority of the steps I took to further my career up to this point. I'm extremely happy with climbing through the ranks of RLRS and RLCS, getting dropped, and doing it once more with a brand new team. I'm happy about retaining a spot in RLCS with each of those teams, as well as finding representation and being compensated both times. It really was a surreal feeling to make money and travel to different countries because of this game.
Unfortunately, my drive for competition in this game seemed to have been waning for a little bit, and I think it's time to transfer that to another part in my life. I want to better my physical and mental health, while also having the time to go out and socialize a bit more, as I missed out on a decent amount of that while playing in RLRS/RLCS during my first 3 years at university. I want to start securing my long-term future a bit more, as I know it doesn't lie in playing Rocket League, nor can it coexist with it.
To those who have always supported me: Thank you. You've given me a platform and this weird, small sense of stardom in a way. Having people recognize you in game and in real life was a crazy experience, and it played a part in wanting to get better at the game. To the many close friends I've made while playing the game: Thank you. I've made some lifelong friends that are great people that I will continue to support in their endeavors, and I can't wait to see what the scene blooms into over the next few years. As for me, I might look into coaching or other opportunities within the scene, but that is to be determined =]
Love all of you so much, the time we spent together was wonderful.