Seagull has been without a doubt, one of the most prominent players of Overwatch since launch. After playing Team Fortress 2 in the professional scene, he carried over to the Overwatch during its beta. During this period he started to build a prominent fan base through his streaming channel on Twitch. Shortly after he joined professional team Luminosity, which he left in late 2016 in order to complete the roster of the newly formed NRG. Since then he has been playing in this organization as a DPS player. Later in the same year, he lead team USA in the Overwatch World Cup, becoming one of the most promising North American players on the scene.
Today we learned that he is stepping down from NRG’s active roster, to be replaced by Swede player Mendokusaii. This does not mean that Seagull will never play again on the professional level, but instead will be taking a break of the scene and focus only on what made him big in the first place: streaming.
“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.”
If you follow the current Overwatch tournaments, you know what Brandon is talking about. Big tournaments are coming later this year (such as the long awaited Overwatch League), and the current ones are not as popular as many hoped. This means that streamers such as Seagull, struggle to maintain a balance between streaming and practicing for their respective organizations. It seems Seagull has decided to follow the former in order to continue doing what makes him happy and maintaining his fan base. However, this is not the end for Seagull’s involvement with NRG, as he has stated:
“So for now, I’ll be stepping bak from the competitive scene. In the meantime, I’ll be streaming under NRG as their biggest cheerleader for their OW team.
Expect to see me back in pro play for Overwatch League’s first season.”
These new changes are surely exciting for both NRG and Seagull. Be on the lookout for more information.
You can find Seagull’s full statement here.