smooya announces break
Epsilon member Owen "smooya" Butterfield has revealed on Twitter that he will take a break "until December 2018" after failing to find a team willing to buy him out of his contract.
Owen "smooya" Butterfield found himself relegated to the Epsilon bench in September as the Belgium-based organisation opted to build an all-Swedish roster for the second season of the Gfinity Elite Series - leaving the British player and Cosmin-Mihai "cosmeeeN" Butuc out in the cold.
The former Endpoint member, who was signed by Epsilon in June, played an instrumental role in the team's title victory in the opening Gfinity Elite Series, averaging a 1.24 Rating.
But with a buyout clause set at $100,000, smooya has found himself frozen out of action, forcing the player to change his priorities and look at options outside of esports.
"I will still be playing in ESEA Main with good friends since they need my help, but I am done wasting my time," smooya told HLTV.org.
"I spent three years getting to the point where I am now, and now that I have reached this level, what do I get for it?
"I think in January I am going to enrol back and finish my college year.
"I am done trying to progress my ability."
smooya, who recently helped an Endpoint mix to finish in second place at the ESL Clash of Nations, added that he has no interest in playing for a UK team again as he expects bigger things for himself.
"What is the point in playing for a UK team? I have won everything there," he noted.
"I do not think Epsilon expect anyone to match my buyout clause, I think they are just looking for a little profit.
"I believe I have the talent to be in a top 20-25 team and, in a year, maybe in a top 10-15 team.
"But that is all gone since I am on the bench."