League of Legends icon Uzi announces he’s retiring to get a handle on some serious health issues

Major concerns include obesity and diabetes

Screen capture from RNG Twitter post thanking Uzi. RoyalNeverGiveUp/Twitter.

Yesterday, Denmark’s Daniel “dafran” Francesca announced that he’s stepping away from ESports, citing a desire to take up farming. To be specific, strawberry farming.

In the past, the former Overwatch pro has admitted to suffering from gaming-related depression and boredom.

Today brings bombshell news from one of ESports’ most decorated players. Jian “Uzi” Zihao has announced his retirement, mentioning his wish to do something about health problems that include diabetes, obesity, and hand and arm injuries related to repetitive strain.

A certified League of Legends giant, Uzi is one of the stars of China’s Royal Never Give Up team. The 23-year-old made his LoL debut in 2012.

Taking to Weibo, Uzi addressed his over five million followers: “I regret to tell everyone that I am retiring. Because of chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons, I was found to have Type-2 diabetes during a physical examination last year.”

Royal Never Give Up said his retirement was a result of “injuries accumulated over eight years of high-intensity training”. In a tweet, the team also praised Uzi as “not only the heart and soul of RNG, but also an icon in the esports world as a whole. From a teenager onwards he never gave up and worked as hard as he could to be the best he could in his role, he inspired many.”

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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