Brandon "Seagull" Larned steps down from NRG's 'Overwatch' roster
Brandon "Seagull" Larned, a pro Overwatch player for NRG Esports that's best known for some spectacular Genji moves, has announced today that he's struggling with trying to both compete professionally and stream regularly, so has decided to put his competitive career on hold. This is mainly due to the enormous demands on his time, but is also indicative of the state of limbo that the competitive Overwatch scene currently finds itself ahead of Blizzard's upcoming Overwatch League.
"This will be a surprise to most of you, but today I'm announcing that I'm stepping down from NRG's main Overwatch roster to a sub position," he wrote today on Twitter. "For the past year, it's become obvious that I struggle with maintaining a balance between professional play and streaming. When I originally blew up on Twitch, I decided that I was still dedicated to being a pro player. This hasn't changed. However, in the current Overwatch pro scene, we're in limbo while we wait for the Overwatch League to start up later in the year. I've been struggling to justify giving up streaming hours to play in the competitive scene during this downtime. As any competitive FPS player knows, it's tough maintaining motivation for small online tournaments – particularly when I knew I was letting down my fanbase by not having a regular stream."
This doesn't mean that he's retiring from pro play. He notes that he'll be "streaming under NRG as their biggest cheerleader for their OW team," and also notes that he will return to pro play for the inaugural Overwatch League season.
If you're not familiar with Larned's plays, check out these highlights from last month from his YouTube channel.