SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)
Professional CS:GO player Spencer “Hiko” Martin has announced that he’ll no longer be competing in Counter-Strike. He made the announcement during a livestream, where it was also revealed he’ll be joining the new 100 Thieves VALORANT roster. Hiko will serve as a team captain.
The 30-year-old Hiko has been part of the Counter-Strike scene for a very long time, starting in Counter-Strike 1.6 in 2011 with CheckSix Gaming. After moving to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012 he played for teams such as compLexity Gaming, Cloud9, iBUYPOWER, Rogue and Team Liquid. The last major he attended was the FACEIT Major: London 2018, where he competed for Rogue, before becoming a free agent in May 2019.
With Hiko 100 Thieves isn’t only getting a new player for their VALORANT roster, but also a popular content creator. On his livestream, Hiko talked about moving to Los Angeles, where the 100 Thieves headquarters is located, when the COVID-19 situation allows him to travel safely. “I’m not going to move until the threat of COVID is gone, until it’s safe. I’ll continue to stream and I’ll make a professional VALORANT team for 100 Thieves. We’ll see what happens from there. Founded in 2017, 100 Thieves are backed by the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers and ex-pro Call of Duty player and CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag. They have teams in League of Legends, Fortnite and CS:GO.
I CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE OFFICIALLY RETIRED NOW FROM CS:GO, ALL MY EFFORTS WILL NOW BE PUT TOWARDS VALORANT.
100 Thieves is one of many organizations that have been putting together a roster for VALORANT, as teams such as TSM and T1 have also already signed players to compete for them. An interesting development as Riot Games hasn’t revealed a lot of details about their approach to competitive VALORANT yet. 100 Thieves has already organised several tournaments during the closed beta of Valorant. It remains to be seen how the group will develop and the results at the various competitions.