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Richard Lewis announces his retirement from esports after 17 years

Two-time award winning journalist Richard Lewis said he is quitting esports. He was working in the industry for 17 years, hosted or worked at numerous CS:GO Majors, led the By The Numbers podcast and published many articles and investigations.

Richard Lewis explained the reasons behind his retirement. He feels tired of trying to improve the scene and getting hated by some part of the audience. He doesn't enjoy esports anymore, thinks the industry have changed for worse, and doesn't like the direction it's facing with ESL being owned by Saudi Arabia and other problems.

I contributed 17 years, and for what? To watch the industry grow into what it is. To see all the cancers that came into the scene metastasize and get worse, and run ravage, and run slipshod. And I used to want to fight to stop them from happening. But I fought and I've lost, I've failed to do that. <...> It hasn't been fun for a lot of time. The industry is garbage. I hate it. <...>

It's sad what esports is. It's sad, if you work in any industry where you live long enough to essentially see yourself become irredeemably despised, and you can't do anything about it. All the good work, the contribution doesn't matter, it's irrelevant. You've just been sorted into the bad column and you'll never get out of it, because it's the internet.

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He was twice named the journalist of the year at The Esports Awards and helped or promoted other specialists, such as reputable insider Jarek "DeKay" Lewis and many talents. In 2017-2018, Richard hosted Atlanta and Boston Majors for American TV broadcast, raising the industry standards to a new level.

He will leave Revenge of By The Numbers, the new iteration of their famous podcast with Duncan "Thorin" Shields. The show will continue with another co-host, who will be announced later. Richard will publish unfinished works for Dexerto, and still may visit various shows as a guest, but he made it clear that he wants to "remove parts of esports from his life until there are none of them."

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