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Sentinels’ zombies reveal Pro Valorant’s retirement: ‘It’s not worth it to me anymore’

Released: 2022-11-25T11:13:33

updated: 2022-11-25T11:17:00

Sentinels inactive Valorant player Jared ‘Zombs’ Gitlin has indicated that he no longer has any plans to compete, stating that he has “better” opportunities ahead.

zombs has been on the Sentinels bench since April 2022, when the North American giants decided to turn things around after a rocky start to the year and signed Eric ‘Kanpeki’ Xu from Akrew to the team.

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All 10 VCT Americas partner teams have already announced their 2023 rosters (including Sentinels, who signed Gustavo ‘Sacy’ Rossi, Bryan ‘pANcada’ Luna and Rory ‘dephh’ Jackson, while featuring Hunter ‘SicK’ Mims as their sixth bring back player) a move to a Challengers team was suggested as a possible zombie target.

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zombs was an important part of the Sentinels team that won 2021 VCT Masters: Reykjavik

However, in a live stream on November 24, the 24-year-old revealed that while he actually considered putting together a team, he has decided to stop playing competitively as he cannot see himself leaving Sentinels.

“I trained for about a week,” he said. “The team I put together had some potential and we had a few potential interested organizations. But then I went to Los Angeles, spoke to the SEN owner and now I never want to leave SEN again. I’ll stay on SEN forever.

“I was with SEN from the start because they had almost no followers. I will not compete again. It’s not worth it to me anymore. I have options that are better for the future.”

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A strong connection to Sentinels

zombs joined Sentinels in 2019 as an Apex Legends player after retiring from Overwatch. He amassed almost $60,000 in prize money in the battle royale title over the next 12 months before moving to Valorant after the game’s release.

He had more success as part of the Valorant team of Sentinels, who dominated the North American scene in 2020 and also won the game’s first international event, VCT 2021 Stage 2 Masters Reykjavík.

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zombs joined Sentinels in 2021 as an Apex Legends player

But in 2022, Sentinels lost their place at the top of the game. They failed to qualify for international events, leading to a season-ending team overhaul.

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Like many other professional gamers, Zombs admitted he was disillusioned with life in esports.

“Playing professional video games isn’t what everyone thinks it is,” he said. “You have to realize how impossible it is to have a full team of five people standing on the same page. It’s like one in a million. Every team has too many problems all the time. Most of the time, you don’t even get paid enough to spend years of your life grinding.

“E-Sports is like the Wild West. Everyone fucks everyone.”

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