Two-Time Call of Duty Champ Apathy Retires
Seeing a Call of Duty veteran leave the esports scene for good is always an unfortunate moment, and that is especially the case when they are one of the best in the business. But that is what is happening with Apathy, a former world champion of Call of Duty who is retiring for good.
Apathy Announces His Retirement
The former Call of Duty champ and now former pro player posted about his retirement on Twitter, keeping the initial tweet short so as to link a TwitLonger letter where he wrote about his full thoughts on the matter. It is an extensive and brutally honest piece that provides the exact reason for this happening. It is not exactly the most positive retirement letter from a player that we have seen in some time, as this was something that Apathy did not want to actually do right now. It is clear in the letter that he wanted to keep competing, but the cards did not line up for him in that regard.
Apathy began the letter by acknowledging that there has been some speculation in the Call of Duty community regarding his possible retirement. He confirms that it is, unfortunately, true and that this was not at all how he anticipated that the end of his journey in Call of Duty esports would come about. Instead, he was quick to note that the way that he envisioned his retirement as something much more positive, with a happier note to end on than this one, which is, admittedly, not the greatest way to finish his career. It is a somber start to a retirement letter that is mostly mixed in tone.
Apathy Wanted to End His Career Differently
Apathy begins by noting that the way that he would have liked to finish his career would have been by getting his third championship ring in time and that this way is not what he wanted at all. The two-time world champ noted that life does not always go the way we wanted and this is one of those times. To make matters worse, he was transparent in noting that his retirement announcement likely took this long to happen because he tried to get onto one of the pro teams in the Call of Duty League for the 2022 season but was ultimately unsuccessful in his endeavors.
He wanted to keep competing in the league, but there was ultimately no offer from the 12 teams or opportunities for him to pursue. He was quick to acknowledge that he completely understands why this was the case, but that it is unfortunate since he still “had gas in the tank.” With more than 10 straight years of competing professionally, he was able to turn around and make the lessons that he has learned a more positive aspect; one that he is hoping to share with everyone else. He noted that he has always “tried to be the best version” of himself no matter what.
Because he never gave up, he was able to be quite successful at times and he hopes that other players never give up easily in their careers so that they can experience the same. He recapped his lengthy career briefly, noting that it all started with his love of gaming and the escape that it gave him as a kid.
Apathy Is Now a Full-Time Father and Content Creator
From there, he formally went into his retirement message and teased what is next for him. He detailed his love for content creation and how pursuing full time content creation is his goal now. He has been inconsistent during his pro time, but now he can focus on it 100%. At the same time, as one of the few fathers who were competing actively in the Call of Duty League, he also has the opportunity to be a very present dad, which is a great thing. He will continue doing that as well as streaming as he has been doing already in the offseason.
He thanked everyone for everything that they have done to support him throughout his lengthy, profound career and teased that he has some exciting news to share with the community in the near future. While it started out somber, it ended on a very positive note.
His Journey Until Now
Apathy is one of the all-time greats, a player who is one of the few in the world who have won not just one championship, but two. The first was in 2016 with the legendary Black Ops 3 team, which was followed up by an impressive runner-up position in 2017. Then in 2018, he returned to the grand finals stage once more for the third year in a row and was able to nab his second championship ring with World War II. Perhaps the most heartbreaking part about this situation is that next year’s game is going to be Call of Duty Vanguard, the follow-up to the game that he was able to win a championship with.
Given his expertise in that type of game as the only World War II game that has been in a championship finals before, Apathy is one of the main players that you would want to give another chance to. It is too bad that he was not able to have a final chance to get that ring as part of one of the other teams, but it is understandable. Like other veterans that have been there since basically the beginning of the official Call of Duty esports scene, the Call of Duty League was none too kind to Apathy. Initially starting out in 2020 as part of the Seattle Surge lineup that looked fantastic from a glance but did not do well in the online-focused season.
This happened again in 2021 with Apathy being reunited with some fellow Call of Duty champs of his own on the second Los Angeles Guerrillas team, but it did not work out either, with that roster being entirely dropped in favor of a fantastic new one. With two years of troubled performance and teams, it seems that this has caused a major impact on him to the point of his retirement. It is also unfortunate that he was unable to get any offers from teams, especially since there are some really unknowns right now. While many of the teams are set in stone, some, like whatever is going on with Paris Legion and the team that will likely replace the Chicago spot, are completely in the dark at this time. It will be interesting to see what they come up with in the end.