Talented Dallas Fuel flex and fan favorite Brandon "Seagull" Larned announced he is quitting the pro Overwatch scene to focus on streaming career.
The news was announced both on his personal Twitter, as well as Dallas’ official website.
Seagull has long and rich eSports history. As part of Team Envy he was part of the undefeated 2017 run in Overwatch Contenders Season 1: North America and won the championship. As part of the same roster, he was drafted for the Overwatch League franchise Dallas Fuel owned by Envy Gaming and quickly established himself as a key player in the squad.
Seagull avoided the controversies surrounding his team-mates xQc and Taimou, and everything points that he is on great terms with other Overwatch pros. Dallas head coach Aero commented:
“The versatility, at a high level of skill, that Seagull brought to the Dallas Fuel this season is a model that all up-and-coming Overwatch players can learn from. His aptitude for the game is one of the best ever seen in Overwatch and he was a key leader both in and out of game for the Fuel. I wish him the best in his future endeavors."
While Mike Rufail, owner of Envy Gaming had this to say:
“We have nothing but love for Brandon…Seagull joined us at a time when Team Envy had the most dominant roster in North America in Overwatch and helped contribute throughout the ups and the downs of our first Overwatch League season as the Dallas Fuel. We support Brandon in his decision and he leaves us on good terms. We’ll always be pleased that he chose to make his final act in professional Overwatch with the Dallas Fuel.”
Seagull also enjoyed massive fan support, both in his home country and, according to London Spitfire’ Birdring, in Korea as well. He is one of the most popular Overwatch streamers on Twitch and his fanbase exceeds 750,000 at this point. Maybe this is the reason he is quitting the big leagues to focus on the game in his own environment.
This is not the only change in roster for the blue flame. Recently they announced that head coach Aero will get a helping hand from new assistant coaches Jayne and Tikatee.
Overwatch League season one was a rollercoaster ride for the Fusion. With the proper focus and coaching, their chances to perform better next year are greatly increased.