The 25-year-old has stepped down from Bren Esports’ active lineup, according to an announcement by the Filipino organization on Facebook.
Riley “witz” Go has announced that he will turn his attention to Riot Games’ VALORANT, which would spell the end of his four-year-long competitive career in CS:GO. The announcement comes just five days after the end of eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 Southeast Asia Playoffs, where Bren Esports finished 3th-4th. He plans to pursue his career further in VALORANT as a professional player and a streamer. Up until now, it is unclear what team he will be signed to.
Riley has been active since 2017, rising to prominence in the Philippines following stints on Imperium Pro Team, TNC Pro Team, and lastly, Bren Esports. The Filipino player reached his career peak under Bren Esports, winning various competitions such as GeForce Cup Pacific and placing 3rd-4th at both OMEN Challenger Series 2019 and eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia 2019.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Riley explained that the decision has been well thought out for a very long time prior to the announcement. He will be pursuing a career in Riot Games’ newest FPS title VALORANT. “I really believe that I should pursue opportunities with VALORANT – a game that I am really passionate about,” he says.
“I am posting this to let everyone know that today I will be leaving my Bren Esports CSGO team. Although choosing to step down from the team is not easy, I have thought about this for a very long time, and I really believe that I should pursue opportunities with the game Valorant – a game that I am really passionate about.
To my teammates, it has been a pleasure working with you for the past three years. I have learned so much from you guys. I have grown not just as a CSGO player but also as an individual because of you. Thank you so much. Lastly, I would like to thank my fans. I appreciate all the support you have given me throughout the years. You guys have been such an inspiration, and for that, I will continue to strive to make you proud. That’s a promise.
I really hope that I still have your support on this new journey that I am about to embark on. I assure you that I will work as hard with Valorant as I did with CSGO. I know I will be starting from the bottom again, but with hard work, determination, and your support, I will be a successful Valorant player.”– Riley “witz” Go
Bren Esports have not yet commented on the replacement. However, Patrick “Derek” Lacson’s name is currently being featured on Bren Esports’ ESEA profile, who was absent in the latest FunSpark Rivals Pre-Season. Bren Esports will be in attendance at the ESEA Season 36 Open APAC, set to kick off next week.
With witz’s departure, Bren Esports‘ roster will looks as follows:
- 🇵🇭 Deko “Papichulo” Evangelista
- 🇵🇭 Chris “Pro.” Martir
- 🇵🇭 Patrick “Derek” Lacson
- 🇵🇭 Johnty “JA” Arone
- 🇵🇭 Elmer “micr0” Coloma
- 🇵🇭 Jose “Rbtx” Jamir (coach)