Last week we reported on a rumour that CS:GO team BIG would be removing Owen 'Smooya' Butterfield from their roster, and now an official statement from the German team has confirmed this is the case, as he's looking for new opportunities after being benched.
This also confirms the same rumour that Johannes 'Nex' Maget is returning to the roster to fill Smooya's place, having received medical attention for wrist pains. Surgery wasn't required, but he'll have regular therapy for his condition.
"This may come as a surprise to most people simply because of how happy I've been over the last eight months (despite my lack of individual performance)," Smooya said. "But, I had a long think about not wanting to hold this team back, I think they already have an insane system that just needs a little bit more work and they will become a standout top five team in the world but sadly I don't think I'll ever fit into this system simply because of playstyles."
"There is no bad blood between anybody in the team I just think personally they would be better with another player to do my role as I've never really had the MAIN AWP role since being here. Continuing, I've never been a weak link in a team and I don't want to be, when I say that some people may get confused by saying 'but dude you were so successful and was only improving' as well as that is true! I had different visions of the environment that would be here for me at BIG in-game. This whole experience was a very positive one overall, I learned more outside of the game than I ever would elsewhere simply because of how cool everyone here at BIG is."
Will you miss Smooya?