Brandon “Seagull” Larned is one of the more prominent Overwatch contenders in the esports field. However, he is making a massive move in that he is stepping down from his position on his Overwatch team at NRG Esports. This comes as he is trying to establish a little more of a balance in his overall esports career. However, his potential to compete with other teams in the Overwatch League that will be formed by Blizzard later on this year is expected to be prominent.
Larned announced that he will be focusing more on his streaming career. He does plan on getting back into more competitive events later on in the year when the Blizzard Overwatch League starts up. He particularly states that streaming at this point is a more viable activity for him as he is waiting for the league to get ready and start running.
He is aiming to get a regular stream back up and that he wants to get in touch with his fans again. This especially comes amid concerns from him that he is not able to get in touch with his fans as much as he normally has. The development from Larned is being used as a means of trying to get back in touch with people of all sorts.
Over the years, Larned has been a popular figure in the competitive Overwatch scene. He particularly uses Pharah, Hanzo and Genji throughout his matches to great benefit. He has been a rather prominent figure in the world of Overwatch competition in the last few years.
But all this success comes as he has been trying to manage his time between streaming and competition. He has especially experienced some issues in his work in terms of how he is trying to manage his career in the two fields as a means of making himself more visible.
Larned will continue to compete with NRG as a substitute. Lucas “mendokusaii” Hakansson from Cloud9 will replace Larned at NRG. Hakansson got onto the inactive roster for Cloud9 following the acquisition of two other competitors in recent time but is expected to make a big impact for NRG now that this new position has opened up.
It is unclear as to which team in particular Larned will join when the Overwatch League is formed in the third quarter of this year. That league will use teams that are based out of certain cities like with any other traditional sports league. Whether this will entail NRG having its own team based in a certain area or players going to whatever teams they want to enter is unclear at this point.
Larned has been a part of NRG since 2016. He originally worked with Luminosity Gaming when that team expanded into Overwatch. He joined NRG after Luminosity chose to go with a full roster retooling a few months later. He also holds experience in Team Fortress 2 and competed for the prominent Classic Mixup team although he has been focusing more on Overwatch in recent time.