Xizt retires from CS:GO
Swedish esports athlete Richard "Xizt" Landström announced his retirement as a professional player on his Twitter account. He noted that following the cessation of playing on the competitive scene, he is considering the possibility of continuing to stay in CS on a different position.
Commenting on his decision for HLTV.org, the 30-year-old Swede cited lack of motivation as the main factor that pushed him towards retirement.
There were definitely a lot of factors behind me retiring, but I honestly think the biggest one was that, in the end, I just lost the motivation to keep grinding the long hours, which you obviously need if you want to be in the top, and playing in the lower tier 'just to play' isn't something I want to do.
Landström's Counter-Strike career spanned twelve years in two versions of the game. His biggest success came at his CS:GO career, where he played for such clubs as NIP, fnatic, FaZe and Dignitas.
The main achievement of Xizt was the victory at the ESL One Cologne 2014 major playing for NIP. At the individual level, the Swede was awarded two MVP medals and once made it into the top 20 best players of the year according to HLTV.org (6th place in 2013).