Kaiser returns to RunAway for OGN APEX Season 4

Ryu “Kaiser” Sang-hoon will return to his home region and original team, RunAway, ahead of OGN Overwatch APEX Season 4.

Kaiser confirmed his return to Dot Esports on Thursday. He spent the past two months playing for Cloud9 in North America, and C9 no longer lists Kaiser as part of its Overwatch team on the organization’s website.

Speculation swirled when Park “Bumper” Sang-beom teased a return of “The King” during a live stream for the group drawings of APEX Season 4. Although it wasn’t a direct reference, “The King” is a commonly used nickname for Kaiser.

Cloud9 has not had the success many anticipated since signing Kaiser in May. The team finished third at Overwatch Takeover 2 but fell short of reaching the quarterfinals of Overwatch Contenders Season Zero.

Kaiser’s departure from RunAway wasn’t due to performance but more due to personal concerns with money. As Overwatch is still a growing esport, the payouts for the lesser known teams have been difficult. Kaiser talked about his financial concerns in a goodbye message to fans upon first leaving RunAway.

“I also felt ashamed of myself, thinking ‘why is money so important?’ but I learned that I couldn’t live through life with just loyalty,” he wrote. “I even used most of my winnings paying back my debts and I didn’t have much left. My economic situation doesn’t look any better either.”

It’s unclear if those issues still persist, but seeing that Kaiser had a special connection with the team, one can assume he is happy to be back home regardless.

UPDATE (3:41 p.m. ET): RunAway has since tweeted welcoming Kaiser back to the team.

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