MonteCristo explains surprise departure from Overwatch League - Dexerto

MonteCristo explains surprise departure from Overwatch League

Published: 31/Dec/2019 19:26 Updated: 31/Dec/2019 20:27

by Bill Cooney


Storied esports caster and analyst Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles made a surprise announcement on the last day of 2019 that he wouldn’t be returning for the Overwatch League’s third season.

UPDATE 12/31 1:00 PM ET: Monte’s casting partner Erik DoA Lonnquist has also announced that his Overwatch League contract is up for 2020.

Monte and his partner Erik ‘DoA‘ Lonnquist were one of the original casting duos in the league, calling games throughout the Inaugural Season and Season 2.

On December 31, 2019, Monte announced on Twitter that he wouldn’t be returning to the OWL in 2020 and gave some explanation as to why he was leaving.

“I would like to announce that today is the last day of my @overwatchleague contract and I will not be returning next year,” Monte wrote on Twitter. “Although I had a great time helping to develop and launch the league in the first two seasons, I am leaving to pursue further career growth.”

The reason for the surprise split, according to the caster, was “irreconcilable creative and philosophical differences” between Monte and the league caused by the departure of Commissioner Nate Nanzer in May 2019.

The caster talked to Dexerto earlier in 2019 about what he would change in the Overwatch League, and now it looks like he’ll be watching along with the rest of us from the sidelines to see if they listened.

Monte also said he would “cease creating Overwatch-focused analysis and power rankings on my personal channel,” citing little interest in such content, but he did wish the League success going into 2020, arguably it’s most important so far.

“Although I enjoy making these videos, the low demand for supplementary OWL content means that my energies are best used elsewhere,” he explained. “I wish the @overwatchleague success in this pivotal year of localization and I hope we can find some way to work together again in the future.”

As for Monte himself, he revealed he would be continuing to produce esports content and broadcasts going forward, but he didn’t exactly reveal for what game or in what capacity he would do so.

“I will not only continue to perform as on-camera talent, but I will also broaden my skill-set as a creative director and producer,” Monte said. “I will be able to share more details on my new projects in the coming weeks.”

It will certainly be interesting to see what Monte gets himself into going forward, and what other changes will be coming to the Overwatch League and its talent for 2020.


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!