Former 3DMAX member Joona "natu" Leppänen has revealed that he has decided to stop playing competitively.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Joona "natu" Leppänenexplained that the amount of hours he was putting into Counter-Strike had become too demanding, now that he has a family of his own to take care of.
Without a doubt one of the most experienced players in the history of Counter-Strike, Leppänen's career spans 15 years, during which he played for teams like Destination Skyline, 4Kings, mTw and 69°N-28°E.
His biggest achievements include winning NGL-One Season 2 at a time when 69°N-28°E were one of the strongest teams in the scene and placing fourth at CPL Summer 2004 and WSVG ISC 2006.
|The ESL Pro League Winter finals were natu's last event photo hltv.org|
Leppänen stressed that he will remain involved in the Counter-Strike scene in another capacity, which has led to speculation that he may become a full-time caster after his commentary work for PGS received praise from the community.
This weekend, Leppänen will be in Bucharest casting the CS:GO Championship (CCS) Kick-off Season offline finals, featuring fnatic, EnVyUs, Team SoloMid and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
The news about Leppänen's retirement represents yet another blow to the former 3DMAX team, who are now on the lookout for an organisation to represent and a new fifth player.
The team's line-up stands as follows:
Taneli "disturbed" Veikkola
Jesse "KHRN" Grandell
Tom "stonde" Glad
Mikko "xartE" Välimaa