Toronto Defiant general manager Jaesun “Jae” Won announced Sunday he’s leaving the team and exiting the industry.
“I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from esports,” Jae began a lengthy post on Twitter. “I have contemplated this for nearly a year, but eventually realized I had to make the choice. I gradually lost passion in esports and my role in it. It was starting to affect both my mental and physical health. However I leave with no regrets.”
The Overwatch League team said farewell to Jae on Twitter but did not announce his successor.
“Jae, thank you for everything you’ve done for the players & fans, and being such an integral part of the Defiant family since day one,” the team wrote. “You will be greatly missed. Good luck & best wishes in your future! #RiseTogether
Jae joined the Defiant in 2018 and spent six years in esports management.
The Defiant finished the first part of the 2020 season with a 4-8 record and in 16th place. Play resumes June 13.
Jae said there are things he could have done differently as general manager.
“To all the Defiant fans - there’s so much I wish I could have done better for you,” he posted on Twitter. I should have been more assertive in some situations, less in others, and fought for certain things more. In hindsight, there’s so many situations where I should have trusted my gut more. I really believe some of the changes I’ve pushed for will make a profound impact for the team for the rest of the Season.”
—Field Level Media