Inaugural OWL champion Profit retires from esports cover image

Inaugural OWL champion Profit retires from esports

The greatest Tracer player of all time hangs up the pistols.

While a number of Overwatch League veterans are making the jump to the new OWCS, one is bowing out for good. Announced today on his Twitter account, DPS superstar Park "Profit" Joon-yeong is set to retire from competitive play and not make the transition from OWL to the Overwatch Championship Series.

Profit said the following about his plans to retire from Overwatch on social media:

Hello everyone, I am here today to announce my retirement after seven years as an esports player. Starting with GC Busan, where I debuted in 2017, then to London Spitfire, where I won the OWL inaugural season, and to Seoul Dynasty, where I spent the last four years of my career. I want to thank every teammate, coach, and staff for unforgettable memories.

I'm truly grateful to all the fans for the love and support that I received whether I played well or not. It's a shame that I have to retire, but I learned and experienced a lot as an esports player. I was able to come this far and achieve this great career because of you all I will never forget the love that you guys sent me.

Once again, thank you.

Profit leaves behind a legacy in Overwatch esports as a champion, MVP, and record maker.

Former champion Profit: Busan, London, and Seoul

Like many of the best players to come through Overwatch esports, Profit got his start in the legendary APEX division in Korea. It's there that he stood out as a DPS playmaker for GC Busan. This included two first place finishes, at APEX Season 4 and the APAC 2017 Premiere, respectively. His standout Tracer play in APEX would lead Profit to the inaugural season of the Overwatch League and the London Spitfire.

It's hard to describe the magic of that first season of OWL. There was an aura of anything happening, and that was especially true of the London Spitfire's legendary run to the championship. The Spitfire defeated the Fusion in Grand Finals, securing the first Overwatch League title and Profit declaring to the esports world that he had arrived.

Profit with his MVP playoff trophy. Credit: Blizzard
Profit with his MVP playoff trophy. Credit: Blizzard

The inaugural playoffs MVP would stay with London through 2019 before heading to the Seoul Dynasty, where he would finish his career. The Dynasty never achieved the heights Profit saw in that initial season, but Profit still broke records. In September 2020, he set the mark as the first player in OWL history to reach 10,000 total eliminations.

As one of the best early torchbearers for the game, it's impossible to overstate Profit's success in Overwatch. Will he return again? His message of farewell is vague and seems to imply it wasn't fully his choice to retire. Regardless, his impact on the early days of Overwatch stands as a testament.

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