Former Rise Nation player Samuel “Locke” Latina said that he will retire from professional Overwatch.
Retired. Straight up that's it. Thanks for any support I got while I played.
— Samuel Latina (@LockeOW) June 30, 2017
Locke made the announcement Thursday through Twitter and thanked fans for the support he received during his career. Although he didn’t go into much detail about the reasoning behind the decision, he did write that “OW isn’t what I want to do” in a reply to another user.
Locke was a part of Rise Nation for almost a year, as he joined the team in August and was let go when the organization announced it would release its Overwatch team at the beginning of the month. He continued to play competitively afterward by competing in the qualifiers for Overwatch Contenders Season Zero as part of Midnight Sucks, but the team failed to reach the main event over the course of two North American qualifiers.
Rise Nation let go of its Overwatch team on June 1, expressing the organization will be taking “a leave of absence” while details surrounding Overwatch League get sorted out. It’s unclear if Rise Nation or Overwatch League had any influence about Locke’s decision to retire, but it’s safe to say the professional scene of Overwatch is in a bit of an odd and uncertain place at the moment.