ableJ announces retirement
The 21-year-old says he has lost the drive to return to competition and is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.
FURIA benched player Rinaldo "ableJ" Moda Junior has announced that he has decided to retire from competition. The Brazilian will transition to a streaming role in the organisation, with further updates expected on Monday.
"After some experiences with a lot of positive aspects of which I'm proud, I no longer have the desire to compete and to be a professional player," he wrote in a Twitlonger post. "I realised that I wanted to pursue other paths in esports. Content creation and connecting with the community are something that I admire, have always been passionate about and see as a great learning environment."
The announcement comes almost a year to the day that ableJ was relegated to FURIA's bench to make way for former Immortals and Luminosity AWPer Henrique "HEN1" Teles. He went on to play for the organisation's academy team before joining W7M on a five-month loan that ended in May.
ableJ spent 11 months in FURIA's main team after being promoted by the organisation from the academy squad in October 2018. He picked up titles at the EMF World Invitational and the Arctic Invitational, also helping FURIA to reach the semi-finals at DreamHack Masters Dallas and the title decider at the ECS Season 7 Finals