Legendary French CS:GO player Cédric "RpK" Guipouy has announced his retirement at age 32 after competing in the Counter-Strike series for over 14 years. RpK's career started in 2006 and survived through two versions of Valve's shooter, earning him the nickname Le Tank.
"Today marks the end of a long and beautiful career. It started long ago, had ups and downs, but I always loved it," RpK said on his Twitter. "I'm grateful for your support over the years, I won't forget it."
The pro player is retiring with intentions of starting his own car mechanic shop, but has ensured fans through Twitter that he is still working on projects about his life and Counter-Strike Career. RpK has also launched a line of merchandise celebrating his career and keeping his legacy alive.
Before transitioning to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012, RpK had become one of the most recognized players to compete in Counter-Strike: Source. He retired from CS:GO once before in 2013 to be a mechanic, but returned to play for Titan who were in search of talent after the VAC ban of Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian.
During his career, RpK has earned the reputation of being one of the most highly regarded French players and played on a number of reputable teams including VeryGames, Envy, Titan, G2, and Vitality. Throughout his career RpK has attended eight CS:GO Majors, won six international tournaments, and helped propel Vitality to the top of the ranks.
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