Fatih “gob b” Dayik has announced his retirement from competitive play. The long-time Counter-Strike player made the announcement alongside BIG Clan on their official website.
While many today may only know him from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, gob b has been a staple in the title since CS 1.6 where he competed with the 2015 mousesports lineup that took home several trophies.
An original member of BIG, gob b had been with the team since 2017 after leaving NRG and heading back to Germany in an attempt to rebuild the countries legacy in the game.
The team saw some success during this time including playoff appearances at two Majors along with a runner-up position at last years ESL One Cologne in front of their home crowd. With highs came lows though and the team also failed to qualify for events, went out in group stages, and simply looked flat in recent months.
While the veteran Counter-Strike player will no longer be seen competing in the server, he will remain in the scene and with the organization in a new role that has yet to be announced.
gob b shared the following words in the official announcement:
“As many of you have already guessed, I will end my career as a player. First of all I want to thank all the fans and my team. Without you I would have never played this long. You were my motivation and inspiration.
I got a lot of messages that I shouldn’t stop playing. This is not the end and I will of course continue to be with BIG. I just felt it was time for me to take on a new role. The team and the management want to support me in every way and I appreciate that very much. Maybe some of you are sad but I can assure you and underline it again it is not an end. It is a new chapter and I hope for the support you have given me throughout my career.
I hope you understand that I want to have some time for my family and friends, before I take on my new role in BIG, which all these years came definitely too short. Of course, I will always stand behind the team and hope for your support. We had a disappointing six months, but right now, we need you more than ever. We will do everything we can to improve ourselves, but we need you, to do it #gemeinsam. I hope you can understand and comprehend my decision. I just need a little break to prepare myself for the upcoming tasks. I have some plans you can look forward to. I hope you understand my decision and I am sure, together we will once again have great and beautiful moments.
In love, your gobelante“
gob b’s departure left BIG with the following roster:
-Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz
-Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
-Denis “denis” Howell
-Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş