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Rocket League legend and first-ever RLCS World Champion Cameron “Kronovi” Bills is retiring, the player announced Saturday. He intends to focus on content creation, coaching and/or casting.
Kronovi has been one of the most well-known names since the launch of Rocket League in 2015. As a veteran of the game’s predecessor, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Kronovi was ahead of most of the competition in the early stage of the game and known as the best player in the world. After a career spanning a little over ten seasons, Kronovi was one of the few remaining players from the first season, but has now decided to throw in the towel to “pursue multiple fun aspects of the Rocket League community.”
Retiring from Competitive Rocket League
— Kronovi (@KronoviRL) January 1, 2022
The rich Rocket League history of Kronovi
After reigning over the Rocket League scene since its inception in July of 2015 all the way up until May of 2016, Kronovi solidified his status by winning the first-ever RLCS World Championships with iBuyPower alongside Brandon “Lachinio” Lachin and Ted “0ver Zer0” Keil. They did so by surprisingly being underdogs, playing with a substitute player in 0ver Zer0 and having an unexpectedly difficult time qualifying. They performed when it mattered, however, and took down the European powerhouse of Flipsid3 Tactics in the grand final.
Having won RLCS Season 1, Kronovi – already the most well-known player in the community – grew to become the poster child of Rocket League. He had become an icon, a well-spoken and always professional legend that provided insight in interviews and on desk segments, despite never managing to rise back to his Season 1 glory. Kronovi went from winning the world championships to failing to qualify and ultimately even fighting against relegation. But, he always managed to find his footing again and remained ever-present in the RLCS.
In his twitlonger, Kronovi describes his Rocket League career as a “roller coaster at Six Flags. There are tons of highs and lows. I’ve always been someone that bounced back no matter how bad things got.”
This time, however, Kronovi decided the effort to keep up is not worth the time anymore. Having fallen to a substitute spot in the current season of the RLCS and failing to qualify for any events despite making several appearances, Kronovi said that it stresses him out when his team isn’t winning and that his efforts are better spent elsewhere.
With Kronovi’s departure from pro play, only three players from the Season 1 World Championships remain as a consistent presence in the RLCS: Pierre “Turbopolsa” Silfver, Garrett “GarrettG” Gordon and Francesco “Kuxir97” Cinquemani. All of those players went on to win world championships following Kronovi’s Season 1 victory.
However, as Kronovi stated, his retirement does not mean fans have seen the last of him. With a focus on high-level Rocket League content, Kronovi will likely stay a familiar face in the scene for years to come.
Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.