Swag announces CSGO retirement to pursue future in Riot’s Project A - Dexerto

Swag announces CSGO retirement to pursue future in Riot’s Project A

Published: 28/Feb/2020 6:56

by Andrew Amos


The prodigal son of North American Counter-Strike, Braxton ‘swag’ Pierce, has announced his retirement from CS:GO on February 27, instead setting his sights on conquering Riot Games’ upcoming Project A release.

After over five years in Valve prison with a permanent suspension, Swag is finally releasing himself to try and go pro ⁠— in another game.

The CS:GO prodigy is allegedly swapping allegiances to Riot’s upcoming FPS title Project A, with the player retiring from the Valve title on February 27.

“I have decided to take a step back from competitive CS,” he said. “Although I may still stream CS in the future, my main goal is to await the release of Project A and put my ambitions of being the best in the world to fruition.”

“Thank you everyone for your support and I hope you guys will continue to support my journey,” he added. “It’s been a fun eight years, and 22,000 hours from 1.6 to Global Offensive (yikes, but I don’t regret any of it).”

Swag’s professional CS:GO career was cut short by the iBuyPower matchfixing scandal of 2015, where the then-18-year-old was banned for life by Valve. This ban was lifted by ESL and DreamHack in 2018, but swag was never made eligible to play in Valve-sponsored Majors.

His ban has been the subject of a lot of controversy, with many players petitioning for it to be lifted. However, now that he’s moving on, many of those same supporters are wishing him all the best in Project A.

“[Good luck] legend, big loss for all of us,” said MIBR star Gabriel ‘Fallen’ Toledo. “You deserved better but we will be following you no matter what.”

“Riot will be very lucky to have you and azk competing in their game and maybe down the road, you’ll work for them as a game developer when you fully retire,” added CS:GO observer David ‘prius’ Kuntz.

Project A ⁠— or Valorant, as leaks suggest ⁠— has no set release date, but more information regarding the game has been made available to players in the last week.

Those leaks revealed what some of the characters will look like, while a trademark was filed by Riot for the name Valorant, which could be a hint at the game’s title.


Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin


Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

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GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

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What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.

Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!