Dillon “Rizzo” Rizzo is retiring from professional Rocket League. The G2 player made his announcement recently on Twitter. He will focus on content creation once the current season is over and G2 will try to find a fitting replacement in the meantime.
Rizzo has been a staple of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) since Season 2. He has several North American championships under his belt and a silver medal from the Season 7 World Championships. He is also a popular content creator with 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and nearly that amount on Twitch.
Rizzo leaves behind a legacy
From major wins to humorous moments, Rizzo is loved by many in the Rocket League community. His positive attitude combined with his constant presence near the top of the game made him a popular figure and streamer. However, G2’s more recent results have left something to be desired. The community began speculating with increasing frequency whether G2 was making a roster change ahead of the spring split.
Rizzo’s stated that his retirement comes from a lack of motivation after over five years of competitive Rocket League. His drive to compete has dwindled too much for him to continue playing with joy. Rizzo’s departure also means the end of the current longest-standing duo in the professional Rocket League scene. He and his teammate, Jacob “Jknaps” Knapman, are currently edging towards 1,500 days together.
What will G2 do?
Rizzo explained that while he is finishing the season with G2 Esports, he will take a step back in how big his role will be in the scene. He planned to retire in order to focus on content creation after the winter split last month, but G2 struggled to find a fitting replacement. Thus, Rizzo will play in this weekend’s RLCSX NA Regional event, while substitute player, Andres “Dreaz” Jordan, will play in the Grid series. The Grid series runs alongside the regional events during the spring split.
Whatever is next for G2 is anyone’s guess. Rizzo stated that G2 will continue to experiment for the remainder of the season while Rizzo remains available to the team. G2 is currently sitting in the top six, which would qualify them for the world championships. However, with this change, their spot is anything but secured. They’ll have to tread carefully if they want to remain in the green zone.
While G2 will continue their efforts to win, they are using this final split of the season to “try to enjoy their final split together and do one more for the boys.”