Custa retires, will join Jake on OWL talent team

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Los Angeles Valiant support player Scott "Custa" Kennedy announced his retirement from professional Overwatch on Thursday, as he and fellow recent retiree Jake "Jake" Lyon will join the Overwatch League talent team for the 2020 season.

"Well it's been a ride, but now it's time to move on," Custa wrote in a TwitLonger post. "To all the teams I've played with, you've all been awesome and each one has so many memories that I will never forget."

He added: "The story doesn't end here and this isn't the last you've heard of me, so keep your eyes out."

Indeed, OWL fans will hear plenty from Custa as a desk analyst for the Watchpoint team in the upcoming season, Blizzard Entertainment announced Thursday.

"I think it was the right time to make this decision," Custa said in a Q&A posted on the OWL website. "As much as I've loved being a player, it's time to move onto something new."

The announcement also revealed that Jake, a former Houston Outlaws DPS player who announced his retirement over the weekend, will cast matches for OWL, which he did at the Overwatch World Cup in 2018 and 2019.

"I figured it would be a great area to put my experience in Overwatch to good use," Jake said in the Q&A. "I'm excited to tell the stories of pro players to the world as faithfully as I can."

Jake, 23, played the first two seasons of the OWL with the Outlaws, who went 22-18 in 2018 before falling to 9-19 last season. He also competed in the 2017 World Cup for the U.S.

Custa, 26, initially joined the Dallas Fuel in 2017 and was traded to the Valiant in April of 2018. The Valiant went 27-13 and won the Pacific Division and Stage 4 in 2018 before slipping to 12-16 last season.

Custa also spent previous time with Fnatic and Arc 6.

-- Field Level Media