Cloud9 Groove coach spoke about a possible retirement.
“There were speculations that I was going to retire and end my career in Cloud9 – this was already Russian-speaking publics trying to hype on this. In our conversation with the head of the club there were no such words directly.
Before signing contracts with Cloud9, we discussed that I have been in esports for 20 years. In the summer of 2002, I became a pro player. We calculated how many years I spent in various organizations: six in Virtus.pro, one and a half in Moscow Five and K23, and almost ten in Gambit Esports.
I very rarely changed clubs. 16 out of 20 years of my career have been in VP and Gambit. It seems to me that this is a fairly good indicator. In a conversation with the head of C9, I added that the frequent change of organizations is completely out of character for me. If I come or take on something, I go to the end. I do my best, I have no backup plans. I come as in my own home and begin to give all my best. How the circumstances will turn out and how long I can be in the organization is a question. The only thing is that I’m definitely not going to retire.
If earlier, when I was just starting, many people ended their careers at 30, and I will soon be 40, then I could not think about it then. Now I understand that you can work up to 50 years and continue further. Perhaps there will be further development at a more mature age. I am not going to retire, but I do not rule out that Cloud9 will be the last organization for me.
Cloud9 is so professional and gentle with our transition to it that it’s worth a lot. We really like the approach of the club, we especially felt it in Dallas. The head of the club was present there. He was diplomatic and respectful of the guys, the gameplay and official matches. He was with us all the time – there was no pressure. For two months of working with C9, these are positive signs and indicators of a high level of organization for me,” Konstantin “Groove” Pikiner said.
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