One of the biggest names in Apex Legends esports, Colby 'dizzy' Meadows, has parted ways with NRG Esports and retired from competitive play in order to 'focus on new pursuits.'
Despite having only launched in 2019, Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends has already lost one of its biggest esports superstars as dizzy has stepped away from the competitive scene.
In a December 10 announcement, dizzy revealed he would be no longer be competing at the professional level in Apex Legends. Looking to start a new chapter in his life, the former pro has parted ways with NRG Esports and will be focusing primarily on streaming the battle royale title and "expanding his content."
Throughout a lengthy statement, the popular player elaborated on his surprising decision and explained what led to his departure from the competitive side of Apex Legends.
“When Apex Legends was announced and released, I dropped everything and focused on grinding it out. I was just doing what I love to do,” he expressed.
“Some of you may have noticed that over the past few months my stream has been inconsistent. I’ve had some personal challenges and really needed to decide what my passion was going to be.”
“I have finally made my decision,” he asserted, outlining that he will no longer be “competing professionally” in Apex Legends but will instead shift his efforts towards streaming. After a month-long break from Twitch, dizzy is set to make his return to the platform on December 11. “Catch me tomorrow for my return stream,” the statement concluded.
A New Chapter... pic.twitter.com/VqNWWYBR2z
— dizzy (@dizzy) December 11, 2019
Having actively competed since the inception of competitive Apex, dizzy achieved a wide array of first-place finishes throughout a number of major events and made a name for himself with his highly aggressive playstyle.
From bursting onto the scene in the North American Twitch Rivals competitions and stomping consecutive weekly Code Red tournaments, to his most recent victory at TwitchCon 2019 which netted him $60,000, dizzy was in rarified air at the very top of the competitive Apex scene.
Having amassed a following of over 700,000 fans on Twitch and just under half a million subscribers on YouTube, the flashy plays and engaging personality of dizzy clearly struck a chord within the Apex Legends community.
“He won the hearts of fans all across the world, and helped NRG explode into the apex scene,” NRG stated in an announcement of dizzy’s departure from the organization. “After much consideration, he has decided to take a step back and retire from competitive Apex Legends.”
this year @dizzy became a breakout star. he won the hearts of fans all across the world, and helped NRG explode into the apex scene.
after much consideration, he has decided to take a step back and retire from competitive apex legends.
thank you for everything❤️#NRGfam forever pic.twitter.com/xCXlZAETwK
— NRG (@NRGgg) December 11, 2019
One of the best to ever compete in the battle royale title, it’s evident that dizzy won’t be parting ways with the game entirely.
With a focus on streaming and content creation moving forward, fans will still be regularly treated to insane gameplay and remarkable FPS skills through his Twitch broadcasts and YouTube videos.