Dafran quits gaming for farming

Former Danish Overwatch player Daniel “Dafran” Francesca has retired from his gaming career to transition into something closer to nature. The popular gamer and streamer announced his retirement back in June, stating that he wants to start a new chapter in his life. He is focusing on his next project on farming fruits and vegetables, something his fans didn’t expect from him.

Dafran was famously a part of the Overwatch League, and most recently, the VALORANT scene. He began his Overwatch career playing for Selfless Gaming until July 2017, when the organization suspended him because of unacceptable behavior. After joining NRG Esports as a streamer at the start of 2018, he hopped on to play for Atlanta Reign. Later on, he made his Overwatch League appearance for the 2019 Stage 1 Playoffs before switching to become a streamer. Between all of that, he had a bit of a rough reputation, but he was well-known throughout the gaming community.

Dafran, the future farmer

The former player is featured holding a barrel of dirt in a recent Instagram post by a Danish farm “Økotopen.” Underneath the photo is an English-translated caption that reveals him to be a future intern of the farm. It also states that he wants to make a living out of growing organic vegetables. Additionally, Dafran’s perspective of his new career path is to make life as simple as possible. “…he said today ‘it’s just awesome to be able to go outside every day,'” the caption shares, “…that was exactly what I said when I started out .. sometimes it’s the simplest things in the world that make us gain perspective in life.”

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Daniel her på billedet har en stor drøm om at dyrke økologiske grøntsager og komme til at leve af det – han har indtil nu været kendt som @dafrandude professionel gamer, men grøntsagerne og naturen hiver og kalder i ham og som han sagde idag ‘hvor er det bare fedt at kunne gå udenfor hver dag’ – det var præcis det samme jeg sagde da jeg startede ud.. nogle gange er det de mest simple ting i verden der får os til at få perspektiv i livet. Daniel skal være i praktik hos mig nogle dage i ugen, hvor min vigtigste opgave bliver at give ham så meget med i rygsækken som muligt – han har en rigtig god energi og gåpåmod og jeg er sikker på at han kommer til at nå hans drøm💚 Daniel in the picture has a big dream of growing organic vegetables and making a living from it – he has until now been known as @dafrandude professional gamer, but the vegetables and nature pull and call in him and as he said today 'it's just awesome to be able to go outside every day '- that was exactly what I said when I started out .. sometimes it's the simplest things in the world that make us gain perspective in life. Daniel will be an intern with me a few days a week, where my most important task will be to give him as much in the backpack as possible – he has a really good energy and drive and I am sure he will achieve his dream 💚 #markedshage #levlivet #dafran #dyrkdinegenmad #lokaleråvarer #kjøkkenhage #marketgardening

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In his announcement tweet, Dafran stated that he doesn’t plan to throw his love for gaming away. He still plans to stream every now and then. Although he’s not in the professional scene anymore, he believes that this kind of change is needed, especially after spending one-third of his “life in front of the computer.”

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