Houston Outlaws DPS Jacob "Jake" Lyon has announced his retirement from professional Overwatch on Saturday.
Jake first began his Overwatch career on a team called -bird noises- before being picked up by Luminosity Gaming Evil. Jake made his way into the Overwatch League by being picked up by the Houston Outlaws' initial lineup where he would spend the entirety of his two season career in the OWL, and even played for Team USA in 2017 for the Overwatch World Cup.
Jake Overwatch: Jake Retires from Professional Overwatch
In his Twitlonger discussing his retirement, Jake cites changing life goals as the main reasons he is stepping away from OWL. “In service of my own fulfillment and happiness…I know that I must step away from professional play for now." Despite his change of heart, Jake says that “Despite the sacrifices... I do not regret chasing down my childhood dream. The chance to compete at the highest level among the best players on the planet was worth it all.”
While the DPS player will no longer be playing in the Overwatch League, Jake claims that retirement does not mean he is completely finished with his involvement in the Overwatch. Jake did not reveal what exactly his role in the Overwatch scene will be in the future, but he will be streaming Overwatch on his Twitch channel in the meantime.
Jake's departure from professional Overwatch follows another retirement from a fellow DPS player in Kim “Pine” Do-hyeon of the New York Excelsior, who announced his retirement on Friday. Similarly to Jake, Pine is not finished with Overwatch, as he will remain with the NYXL as a partnered streamer.