Brett 'Naded' Leonard has departed Optic Gaming, citing the need to take a break from competitive gaming to focus on family, his health, and streaming.
"[...] I have decided it will be best to step down from competing this season so they can pick up another 4th that better fits them and also be able to relieve a lot of stress off my shoulders so I can focus on other aspects of my life (health, streaming, family to name a few) because this past month or so has been so hectic for me," Naded said.
"This is NOT at all me leaving on bad terms with anyone from the team, this is just a decision I felt would not only be best for me but best for the team as well. I may continue to compete in the next season so DO NOT think of this is as a “retirement” but as of now I’m going to be focusing on other things rather than competing/practicing with a team all the time."
Naded placed second with at the Halo World Championship with Team Allegiance earlier this year and was awarded the MVP for the event. Optic has yet to announce a replacement.
Naded's career began with Storm Ventures 10 years ago at MLG New York 2006, where he and his team placed 6th. Since then, though none of his teams went on to win a gold at a major event, many of them came close with 13 top 3 finishes over the course of his career.