Veteran StarCraft progamer retires after 9 years, aged 23

Korean pro-gamer Lee “Flash” Young Ho has disappointed fans around the world by retiring from the world of eSports at the grand old age of 23. Flash has been playing StarCraft competitively since he was 14, making a name for himself as a killer Terran player in Blizzard’s Brood War expansion. In 2010, he switched to StarCraft II and continued with the sort of professional gameplay that earned him the nickname “God”.

Lee "Flash" Young Ho

Lee “Flash” Young Ho

Flash tells local media:

As a progamer, I’ve got so much more than I deserve. It’s been long 9 years, and I won’t forget the love that my fans gave me. From now on, I’d like to travel or rest a while, thinking about future. Regardless of what I decide to do later on, I don’t think I’ll be putting down my keyboard and mouse.

An active member of prominent eSports company KT Rolster, Flash has already been courted by potential employers looking to snag the expert for streaming and commentary gigs. However, he says he’s not making any decisions until January – but he does have some plans for the future.

I am planning on joining the army in about three years. In the end, I want to do my best to give back what I have received from the eSports scene. My ultimate goal is to become the head coach of KT Rolster and make it the strongest/best team in the world.

While he might not be a household name for those who don’t follow eSports and competitive StarCraft, Flash was a fan favourite, particularly after one unusual pre-game practice was turned into a meme in 2013.

…yep, he’s measuring out his gaming space with a ruler, so he can determine optimal keyboard placement. They don’t make ’em like him any more.

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