Daniel “vice” Kim is stepping away from competitive Counter-Strike the former Cloud9 player has revealed. The 23-year-old will be returning to school in an effort to further his education citing a lack of motivation to the game as the catalyst.
vice had been a member of the professional scene since 2016 when he signed with Team SoloMid after a brief period with Denial. He played alongside North American veterans in Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen and Pujan “FNS” Mehta along with other young stars like Hunter “SicK” Mims, and Liquid superstar Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken who currently play for compLexity and Liquid respectively.
He would go on to bounce around teams including eUnited and Rogue before landing on Cloud9 for a trial period. This Cloud9 lineup wouldn’t meet the organizations or players standards, however, and it would be scrapped several months later for a near complete rebuild. vice has been teamless since.
While vice will be stepping away, he has not completely ruled out the idea of returning to the scene in the future stating “I doubt I’ll be done with it forever.”
“As of now and the foreseeable future, I am taking an extended break from competitive CS. Somewhere along the way, I lost the inspiration and motivation that made me want to devote 100% of myself to the game and I don’t think staying in the pro scene for the sake of money is the right way for me. I’m planning on going back to school for now but CS has been such a big part of my life that I doubt I’ll be done with it forever.
Shoutout to all my friends that made this journey unforgettable“