Houston Outlaws' 'Jake' stepping away from competition

Houston Outlaws DPS Jake "Jake" Lyon announced Saturday he is retiring from professional competition.

"In service of my own fulfillment and happiness... I know that I must step away from professional play for now," Lyon said in a TwitLonger post. "In giving everything to grind the game, I have forcibly stagnated my process of learning, growth, and exploration that I feel allowed me to reach this competitive level in the first place."

While saying he had "sacrificed relationships, sleep, and SO much time to become a professional player," Lyons, 23, added, "but suffice to say that you haven't seen the last of me in the Overwatch scene!"

Lyon, from San Diego, Calif., played for the Houston Outlaws during both seasons of the Overwatch League.

He began playing Overwatch on a team named -bird noises- while attending Denison University. That team signed with Hammers Esports, whose contracts were then bought out by Toronto-based Luminosity Gaming. He also played for a sister team of LG, LG Evil, to compete in early professional Overwatch tournaments.

Jake played DPS for Team USA in the 2017 Overwatch World Cup and later was a caster for the 2018 and 2019 competitions.

"Today we say goodbye to @jakeow as he retires to pursue new opportunities," the Outlaws said via their Twitter feed. "Jake has been nothing short of an incredible player, teammate, and professional in his time with us. We wish him nothing but the absolute best moving forward."

Lyon informed fans to look for him streaming.

"For now, you can find me streaming my Overwatch gameplay pretty consistently in the afternoons/evenings PST (https://www.twitch.tv/jake_ow/), " he wrote.

-- Field Level Media

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