Seon-ho “xeta” Son, one of South Korea’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players, has announced his retirement from the game.
Xeta joins an increasing number of CSGO professionals that are making the switch to Valorant. He announced the news in a post on Twitter:
“I’m officially moving to Valorant, thanks for all of your support and cheers…Thanks to this experience I have nothing but good memories of people in Counter-Strike…I will continue to make something huge in my life playing Valorant as well,” Xeta said.
Xeta came into the CSGO scene playing for fringe Asian teams such as m0nster.kr and GOSU. He eventually found his way to Korea’s best CSGO team, MVP PK.
Despite being the top CSGO team from Korea, MVP PK found itself playing second fiddle to Chinese and Australian squads in the region. Still, MVP PK maintained a spot near the top of its region for a long while thanks in part to Xeta’s sniping skills. Xeta’s top accomplishments include wins in eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CSGO 2018 and the Cobx Masters Phase 2.
Xeta attempted to make his first international move in January, joining Chinese CSGO powerhouse TYLOO. His stint with the team was cut short due to travel restrictions implemented in both Korea and China.
Xeta joins a number of aged and journeymen players looking to start over in the new tactical shooter. The list of players looking to make the jump includes a slew of names ranging from major winners like Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, to upstarts such as Tyson “TenZ” Ngo.
Among that lot is the entire roster of MVP PK, which was transitioned in full from CSGO to Valorant. Although a return is possible, Xeta’s early results have been positive with a first-place finish in the LVUP Invitational and a top-three placement in Twitch Rivals: VALORANT Launch Showdown Asia.