After 14 years in the industry, professional Valorant player for 100 Thieves and streamer Spencer "Hiko" Martin has officially decided to retire from the pro scene. Though the former 100T captain will move on as a player, he will remain as a full-time content creator for the organization.
Hiko bids pro Valorant goodbye and solidifies his position as a full-time streamer for 100T
Both 100T and the now-retired professional player announced the move via Twitter, expressing their gratitude towards each other throughout the years:
Prior to 100T, Hiko was involved in the CS:GO professional scene for several years with fellow esports organizations Complexity, Cloud9, and Team Liquid.
100T co-owner and CEO Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag spoke in awe of Hiko's contributions to the organization ever since the tactical shooter game's beta days, given his experience in the CS:GO sphere:
"Hiko was one of the biggest shakers and movers when VALORANT first came out in the streaming landscape. He had tens of thousands of people watching him every single day. He's one of the best players in the world, and he still had the passion and drive after decades of competing to jump back in and make a name himself in Valorant."
Hiko disclosed that although it is the end of an era for him as a professional player, he still intends to remain in the industry as a full-time content creator and streamer for an organization that will always be close to his heart:
"This decision was pretty bittersweet for me. I'm sure I'm gonna miss competing, but I'm also super excited to announce that I will be continuing my content creator career under 100 Thieves."
Friends, colleagues, rivals, and fans alike were sad to see their favorite go, but still recounted their cherished stories and wished him well in his future endeavors.
Hiko currently has 1.7 million followers on Twitch and mainly streams Valorant and Fortnite. He was an integral part of the Valorant community during its inception, and will continue to remain an icon even after retiring from the competitive scene.
After a calamitous 0-2 loss against The Guard in the ongoing 2022 Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) that forced 100T out of the competition, the esports organization was compelled to consider roster changes for the sake of their future. Hiko was one of the players up for consideration.
100T head coach Sean Gares has been teasing the new roster changes and who is to be signed onto their professional Valorant team. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but speculations still wander throughout the community.