One of Overwatch League’s oldest players announced he’s retiring today. Park “Ria” Seong-Wook, off-tank for the Washington Justice, will be quitting the scene after years of competing in Overwatch esports.
— Ria (@Ria_970922) May 12, 2021
The tank player and the OWL team released the news this morning on social media. Ria shared that this decision took a long time to make but it’s been a long-time coming. He has suffered from a wrist injury and despite the struggle, continued to perform to the best of his ability. While Ria did good work in the Overwatch esports scene, he looks forward to retiring and going back to his family.
“I apologize that I am breaking the sudden news of my retirement in this way,” Ria stated. “Even though I have spent the one stage together, I could not finish the season properly. But I really appreciate the Washington Justice, our head coach, GM, teammates, and the coaching staff who have supported and respected me leaving for a new challenge. For 4 years, well even though I could not show my 100 percent last year due to my wrist injury, I think I have been running and staying really busy. I really wanted to thank my fans who have supported me so far.”
Today we wish @Ria_970922 the best in his future endeavors after accepting his decision to retire from the @overwatchleague to attend to family business in Korea.
We will miss your positive attitude and smile, and wish you success on your journey of life. ?#JusticeFighting pic.twitter.com/3BEsHfkYIU
— Washington Justice (@washjustice) May 12, 2021
“Today we wish Ria the best in his future endeavors after accepting his decision to retire from the Overwatch League to attend to family business in Korea,” Washington Justice’s Twitter post said. “We will miss your positive attitude and smile, and wish you success on your journey of life.”
Previously, a winner at Overwatch Contenders, Ria is retiring at the young age of 23. The Overwatch League 2021 season only just began but Ria felt this needed to be done now. Unfortunately, this leaves the Washington Justice at only eight players left. The team is currently in fourth place for the OWL standings so fans hope they can keep the success going without Ria.
Written by Justin Amin
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