In my final moment as a professional gamer, and my first moment as a man

Hello, it’s been a while. This is Kang “GorillA” Beom-Hyun.

The season has waned and the winter has come upon us, and I hope everyone who reads this stays healthy and well. As for me, I have been spending time for myself for the first time in seven-and-a-half years, the first time since I had first debuted as a professional gamer,

I carefully word myself as I have important news to share with you today.

I first debuted in 2013. In the eight years that followed it, I ran tirelessly and found many achievements and immense growth. I received immeasurable love and support from the fans. As of this year, I was not able to achieve all results that I would have personally been satisfied with. However, I was able to play at LoL Park and broke the record of 4000 assists in the LCK, making 2020 an unforgettable year for me. Throughout my career as a League of Legends professional gamer, I received the support and interest from the audience to a level I wonder if I’d ever be able to experience again. I was able to play on the truly big stages and take away countless positive memories.

As I have mentioned before -- I’ve been spending time to myself these days, for the very first time since I had debuted as a professional player. As a player, I had always given it my all. However, I wonder if in that process I was negligent towards myself as a person -- Myself as Kang Beom-Hyun. Of course, as I walk away I will be leaving behind some goals I was never able to achieve as a professional gamer, and there are regrets that go with them. However, from this point onwards, I would like to invest my time not for myself as a player but for my future self. If you can support me on this decision, I could not ask for anything more.

This will be the final time I will be reaching out to you as a professional player. However, I will find you again, through other future opportunities.

I’m grateful that you are with me, in my final moment as a professional gamer, and my first moment as a man, Kang Beom-hyun.

The global pandemic continues. I hope you do not find this winter too cold. And we will meet again, a warm, sunny day sometime in the future.

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