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Former Cloud9 player Sonic retires from CS:GO

All esports players expertly move their mouses during the York County School of Technology esports practice, February 19, 2020.Ydr Cc 3 10 20 York Tech Esports
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South Africa’s Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek announced Wednesday he is retiring from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition at age 23.

“It was an incredibly hard decision,” he posted on Twitter. “Instead I’ll be returning to America to work toward my other passion which is Business. Thank you to the teams who considered me and those who follow me.”

Sonic played for Cloud9 in 2020 before joining Extra Salt. The rifler and AWPer helped Extra Salt win DreamHack Open March and DreamHack Open June in 2021 before stepping down from the active lineup in October.

Sonic’s career also includes stints with ATK, Team Envy, Denial eSports, Bravado Gaming and eNergy eSports.

–Field Level Media