Zayt Retires From Fortnite Again, This Time for Good?
One of the more successful Fortnite players, Zayt retires again from the game. He came back to the game earlier this year, and after just a couple of months, he retires again. The NRG Fortnite player has brought a great deal of success to his org through Fortnite, during the boom of success the Battle Royale enjoyed. Alongside rising stars like Bugha and Bizzle, Zayt brought a real spotlight onto Fortnite as it blew up online. So there’s plenty to thank him for if you’re a fan of Fortnite.
Back in March, for example, he espoused the opinion that using a controller in Fortnite is cheating. That aside, it’s time for Zayt to step down again, and he retires for the second time in Fortnite.
The Future is Bright for Zayt:
Zayt and Saf worked together in Fortnite to dominate foes regularly, such as the 80,000 prize in the 2019 Katowice Royale, but it wasn’t always high times for them. Though, when a fourth-place victory is a 1.5 million dollar purse, isn’t that still a big win? We’d like to think so. Back on April 17th, NRG Zayt posted on Twitter his intention to leave the game yet again:
“For the people that missed the stream, I will go live for every tournament watching EU/NAE and teaching you guys the game/doing viewing party. When there is no tournaments I’ll go live and do an unranked to radiant on Valorant”
It sounds like Zayt enjoys watching the game more than competing now. He’s made quite a bit of money playing Fortnite, and if he can impart his skill onto other up-and-comers in the game, that could only be a positive. The allure of Valorant has claimed another esports pro though. The appeal of Zayt grinding his way from unranked to Radiant is a pretty cool concept, and I’d like to see how he fares in a more serious shooter.
However, Zayt isn’t leaving NRG as he retires from Fortnite. NRG is going to continue to support the former Fortnite pro, as an NRG Content Creator instead. This allows the player a more flexible schedule, instead of having to take time constantly to work on Fortnite content/practice for tournaments. Now he could probably try and enter more casual Valorant tournaments, should he want. If he’s successful at the game, who knows? Maybe he could join NRG’s Valorant team as a backup or something. There’s no telling, to be honest.
This won’t hurt Fortnite at all either. Other huge names have left, and there are always new pros to show up and show out. It’s not like Zayt’s leaving either. He’s just not competing anymore. He’s still going to be hosting viewing parties for major Fortnite events and will be helping share the wisdom he’s accrued in his years of playing the game. Someone will surely show up to take Zayt’s place in the Fortnite scene. Who knows, though? Zayt might get bored, and decide to come back and try and make some money in Fortnite again. NRG said it best though:
“Today, @zayt once again goes down as one of the Fortnite greats. Your journey as a player was historic and we can’t wait to support you as an NRG Content Creator #NRGFam.”