On June 26 while streaming Fortnite duos, Team Liquid’s Jake ‘Poach’ Brumleve explained his decision to retire from competitive in order to focus on streaming.
Several top players have failed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup due to the tournament’s format which has lead to some players announcing their retirement from competitive Fortnite.
Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has already announced his intent to retire from competitive Fortnite to focus on streaming, and now Team Liquid’s Poach has hopped on the wagon.
Even though Poach is considered one of the best Fortnite players in the world, he was not able to qualify for the $30 million tournament.
FaZe Clan’s Dennis ‘Cloak’ Lepore was also unable to qualify for the tournament despite playing alongside Tfue as a duo, which goes to show how odd the World Cup’s format is.
Is Fortnite not competitive enough?
The 20-year-old was sitting in the Fortnite Battle Royale lobby on June 26 when he began to talk about his retirement from competing.
“I’m going to focus more on streaming, and going that direction with my career within Fortnite.”
Team Liquid’s player continued with: “I don’t really enjoy playing Fortnite competitively, because I don’t feel the game is very competitive.”
It’s not much of a surprise that Poach is looking to shift his focus to streaming, and even hinted at the possibility of becoming a variety streamer by playing different games besides Fortnite.
Tfue and Cloak have both publicly stated that some competitions are simply not worth attending due to the fact that streaming could earn them more cash. The prized duo turned down an appearance at IEM Katowice’s Fortnite event.
Even though competitive Fortnite has been interesting to watch, most pro players have not been happy with the format Epic Games has chosen for events. With allowing anybody within the top Arena league to participate in top tournaments, it creates an awkward atmosphere where stream sniping and ‘W-keyers’ become common.
With the future of Fortnite esports past the World Cup in July being unknown, it isn’t surprising that some esports athletes and personalities are choosing to focus on their streaming careers.