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Call of Duty legend Doug “Censor” Martin retires from competition

A 13-year run in competitive Call of Duty reaches its end.

Doug "Censor" Martin is one of the few Call of Duty veterans who continued competing after the likes of Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, Ian "Crimsix" Porter, and even Seth "Scump" Abner walked away from the game. Driven by his desire to earn a spot in the Call of Duty League (CDL) once again, Censor spent the last handful of years grinding through the Challengers League with his eyes set on something more significant. However, following the Call of Duty Challengers tournament this past weekend, Censor's 13-year career has ended.

Censor announces retirement from Call of Duty to pursue Guinness World Record

Censor is one of the few Call of Duty players to transcend the game and garner a dedicated social media following. Amongst others, such as Nadeshot and Scump, Censor possesses over 2 million YouTube subscribers. Many of his videos, featuring a mixture of vlogs, pranks, and Call of Duty, have eclipsed 1 million views. 

The 13-year veteran has chosen to step away after years of competing in Call of Duty Challengers. In a video posted on his YouTube channel, an emotional Censor announced his retirement from professional Call of Duty. He intends to continue his pursuit of the world record for most pull-ups in a single day.

According to the official Guinness World Records website, the current record sits at 8,600 pull-ups in 24 hours. An Australian named Gary Lloyd achieved this last year between October 15 and 16. Censor has been training to conquer this record for some time, but there is no doubt about his impact on the Call of Duty scene during his illustrious career.

A brief look at Censor's lengthy professional CoD career

The Call of Duty Esports Wiki lists 2011 as Censor's first official year competing in the Call of Duty. He won the MLG National Championship 2011, competing under Quantic Nex-TT-hreat alongside Vengeance, Virus, and MuTaTioN–all of whom have since retired from Call of Duty. 

Censor would wait three years before his subsequent major tournament victory at the Call of Duty Championship 2014 US Regional Final. Competing under Strictly Business with teammates Apathy, Saints, and Dedo, the squad bested Complexity to win and earn a spot in the Call of Duty Championship 2014, where they'd place fourth overall. 

After the Call of Duty Championship for CoD Ghosts, Censor joined top esports organization FaZe, where he'd spend much of his career as a content creator. From a competitive perspective, Censor, Apathy, Parasite, and Karma won UMG Nashville 2014–one of the year's final events. 

From 2014 to 2024, Censor jumped from team to team with varying degrees of success. However, he kept pursuing his ultimate goal of joining a Call of Duty League starting roster. On the heels of a 9th-12th place finish at the Challengers Major 1 event, Censor steps away from teammates Pentagrxm, Seany, and Yeez with his eyes on something outside the game.

Many fans and professional players flooded social media with support following the announcement, urging Censor to continue following his dreams.

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