Swedish Counter-Strike legend, Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer recently revealed that he would be stepping down from the active FaZe Clan roster, noting fatigue and a general loss of motivation.
“I still love the game and the scene but I need to regain my motivation. I am going to take some time off to recuperate and think about my future,” Olofmeister explained. He then thanked his team and his fans for their support, and promised that they would “meet again”.
Olofmeister has been with FaZe since August 2017, competing alongside the team in events such as ESL One: New York 2017, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, Esports Championship Series Season 4, and EPICENTER 2018. He had spent more than three years with Fnatic before that, with whom he won two majors during the ESL One: Katowice 2015 and ESL One: Cologne 2015.
This is, however, not the first time Olofmeister has taken a break from competing. He previously went on a three-month personal leave of absence in 2018, which resulted in FaZe bringing in Richard “Xizt” Landström and Jorgen “cromen” Robertsen as substitutes.
Olofmeister’s decision at present follows a string of below-average showings in recent matches, specifically in the European divisions of ESL Pro League Season 11. Olofmeister’s teammates have also remained positive about his decision to take a break, with Nikola “NiKo” Kovac stating, “Hopefully you will find your motivation [and come back] to the scene, [as it is] way too early to quit.”
FaZe recently competed in the DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 online event, with 16-year-old stand-in. Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras who took over Olofmeister’s spot in the active roster. The all-star lineup defeated GODSENT 2-1 in their opening match, and are set to face Team Spirit and Fnatic in their next group matches.