Toronto Defiant GM Jaesun Won Has Announced His Retirement

Won made the decision after much contemplation about his own personal well-being.


Jaesun Won/Twitter

In a Twitter post yesterday, Toronto Defiant general manager Jaesun Won announced that he will be resigning from his post with the Overwatch League team and retiring from ESports in general.

In his tweet, Won—who has been with the team since 2018 after several years in ESports management and a stint in the U.S. Army—noted that this was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, but one made after much contemplation about his priorities and his own personal well-being.

“I gradually lost passion in esports and my role in it,” Won wrote. “It was starting to affect both my mental and physical health. However I leave with no regrets. It’s been six good years in esports. I’ve managed teams, seeing them to three different world championships pre-OWL, and did my best to steer the Defiant through two Seasons.” 

Won may be exiting ESports with no regrets, but he did admit that there were things he might have done differently, with the benefit of hindsight.

“To all the Defiant fans—there’s so much I wish I could have done better for you,” he wrote. “I should have been more assertive in some situations, less in others, and fought for certain things more. In hindsight, there’s so many situations where I should have trusted my gut more. I really believe some of the changes I’ve pushed for will make a profound impact for the team for the rest of the Season.”

The Defiant also took to Twitter to give the outgoing GM a loving send-off, although the team has yet to announce his successor.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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