Zach “Sneaky” Scuderi, a player who helped build League of Legends from the ground up, revealed plans to be a full-time Cloud9 streamer after being released from his LCS contract.
Future plans! pic.twitter.com/Ll3eUaqZTW
— Zach Scuderi (@Sneaky) January 15, 2020
Although the off-season started months ago, Sneaky just announced his plans. His release from the Cloud9 LCS team was abrupt, giving him less time than a regular player during the chaotic off-season. Sneaky consistently performed as one of North America’s best ADCs, but his team believed his presence detrimental to Cloud9’s future, giving him the boot.
Fans of Sneaky and Cloud9 are upset with C9 administration and the official Cloud9 organization even lament his loss. But Sneaky’s tweet shows persistent respect between himself and the organization. He will continue to operate within C9, but not as a member of the LCS. Sneaky’s decision to leave professional play is unfortunate but merely a detour in his career.
Moving to streaming is a frequent thought for retiring professionals, but Sneaky will have no issue with the transition. Even during his professional career, he remained one of the most popular League of Legends streamers on Twitch. SocialBlade shows Sneaky’s streaming career skyrocketing during the off-season. He already averaged thousands of concurrent views but those numbers continue to grow. There is no doubt he will succeed in his new venture.
The community doesn’t know when or if he will return to LCS, but Sneaky already cemented himself as a pillar for the LCS. He competed in seven seasons of LCS and reached Worlds seven times. He was the last remaining member of the Cloud9 roster that made their team into what it is today. Sneaky’s leave of absence represents the end of an era. Fans heavily anticipate his return. But until then, Sneaky will certainly not be forgotten.
Written by Devon Huge