Bad News Bears CS:GO AWPer Peter "ptr" Gurney has retired from professional play, the 31-year-old announced Tuesday.
Competing for a multitude of prominent North American Counter-Strike teams since 2014, including Counter Logic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming, NRG Esports, Complexity and Dignitas, before taking a break from May 2020 to January 2021 and embarking on his run with Bad News Bears, ptr had been one of the longest-tenured active CS players in the region.
Commonly referred to by the nickname of "Dirty Peek Pete," ptr last played with Bad News Bears at IEM Cologne less than a month ago, which was CS:GO's first LAN tournament since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alan “Shakezullah” Hardeman has remained the IGL of Bad News Bears since the the end of May, in which he took over the captain duties from ptr.
Bad News Bears will need to add a fifth player before the start of ESL Pro League Season 14 on Aug. 16. The roster remains looking for an organization to represent.
It’s been a long journey full of great experiences and many hardships. I wanna thank everyone who has supported me through out the years. I’ll be focusing full time on poker and working hard to further my game.- Peter "ptr" Gurney
From dapr to EliGE and Stewie2K, there was no shortage of respect and appreciation shown to ptr from notable names throughout the North American tactical FPS scene on Twitter minutes removed from the announcement.
As previously mentioned, it appears ptr will now be turning his focus towards a professional playing career in Poker.