One of eSports’ biggest gamers is retiring due to a persistent wrist injury. Hai Lam is the captain of Cloud9, which is known as the best U.S. eSports team for the online multiplayer game League of Legends. It’s not uncommon for professional athletes to retire when faced with chronic injuries, and as is the case with professional gamers: their intense training regimens and busy tournament schedules means quite a bit of stress on their bodies.
Lam explained his reasons for retirement via a blog post on the Cloud9 website, sharing that his wrist injury made it hard to deliver at the high level demanded by his position. Lam will still be involved with Cloud9, acting as the “Chief Gaming Officer” and helping to recruit and mentor new players, as well as maintaining the group’s partnerships.