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Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip has announced that he will be leaving professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to become a full-time streamer. The 24-year-old American will be a part of Evil Geniuses’ Creator Collective program, initially focusing on streaming both CS:GO and VALORANT.
Stewie2k is one of North America’s most decorated CS:GO pros with a career that spans years. Most recently, as a part of EG’s CS:GO team, he has struggled to find consistent success at the highest level of play. His decision to leave also comes amid rumors that EG is revamping their roster.
“I’m hype to announce that I’ll be streaming VAL & CS for @EvilGeniuses Creator Collective,” Stewie2k tweeted. “For now, I’ll be stepping away from competitive CS and focusing on streaming.”
I’m hype to announce that I’ll be streaming VAL & CS for @EvilGeniuses Creator Collective. For now, I’ll be stepping away from competitive CS and focusing on streaming. Thanks to those who tagged along and 🥂to many more! My future isn’t determined, so stop by tonight’s stream 🤍
— Jake (@Stewie) July 28, 2022
What’s next for Stewie2k
While Stewie2k has been primarily focused on his CS:GO career, he has been a part-time streamer since 2016 when he began his Twitch channel. At the moment, he boasts 1.04 million followers and more than 20.5 million views on the platform, according to TwitchTracker.
Stewie2k’s career is now following a similar trajectory to Tarik “tarik” Celik, another former CS:GO pro turned streamer. After retiring, Celik quickly grew into the most popular VALORANT streamer on the entire Twitch platform. The 26-year-old American averaged 30,000 viewers over the last three months; in large part due to his co-streaming of the VALORANT Champions Tour Masters Copenhagen event, according to TwitchTracker.
Stewie2k and tarik were teammates on the Cloud9 roster that won the ELEAGUE Boston Major in 2018. They went on to join an MIBR roster that struggled to find fulfill their potential. From there, Stewie2k helped lead Team Liquid to becoming one of NA’s most successful rosters. After three years, he left and joined Evil Geniuses.
Stewie2k’s first official stream as a full-time streamer and a member of the EG Creator Collective will begin in the evening of July 28.
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.