VALORANT attracts a huge name as Natural Born Killer leaves the ranks of CS:GO

Here's to a new beginning

Natural Born Killer, who is one of the biggest and most-loved stars of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has announced he’s leaving the game that made him famous for a greener pasture. And that pasture is the upstart first-person shooter game known as VALORANT.

Over a decade-plus career Nathan “NBK” Schmitt has played for such blue-chip squads as Vitality, Envy, Titan, and VeryGames. The 27-year-old known as Natural Born Killer has proven exceptionally good at what he does, taking home trophies as the 2014 DreamHack Winter Major (playing for LDLC) and the DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca Major (appearing with Envy).

In a Twitter video posted with the words “A new beginning”, NBK noted that he’s done most everything that set out to do in CS:GO.

“I have done it all from local LANs to winning Majors, grinded through the ranks, and sat on top of the world,” he said. “I lived the big disappointments and the best tournament wins. Counter–Strike gave me everything and I dedicated my life to it. But memories are made to stay in the past. It’s time for a change and I’m coming to dominate [in VALORANT].”

He’s not the first to make the jump. Since debuting last year, VALORANT has proven as instant success. A stream of high-profile players—among them Jay “Sinatraa” Won and Ryan “Freakazoid“ Abadir—have left games like Overwatch, Apex Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to launch new careers in VALORANT.

Perhaps acknowledging that the move will come as a shock to his massive fan base (he has over 285,000 followers on Twitter), Natural Born Killer has taken to the platform to announce he’ll be elaborating on his move in the days to come.

“Since there are a lot of questions surrounding my move I’ll make a YouTube explanation video that will come in the next days – what are some questions you’d like to be answered ?” he posted this morning.

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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