Hiko announces retirement from Counter-Strike
Spencer “Hiko” Martin has formally announced that he has retired from competitive Counter-Strike.
The announcement was made by Hiko in a live stream in which the 30-year-old also revealed that he is the first member of 100 Thieves’ newly-created VALORANT division.
“I think it’s my official coming out to say that I have officially retired from CS:GO,” he said. “To the people that supported me the whole time, through CS, through the Liquid, Cloud9, OpTic and Rogue days, I hope you continue to follow me to my next endeavor.
“Brand new game, brand new organisation, brand new team, brand new me.”
Hiko began to make his name in Counter-Strike almost a decade ago in CheckSix, who also featured Danny “fRoD” Montaner and Tyler “Storm” Wood. He attended one of the first international events in CS:GO, ESWC 2012, with Area 51 and was named the 9th best player of 2013, when he helped Complexity to reach the semi-finals at the Dreamhack Winter Major.
He went on to play for Cloud9 and Liquid, helping the latter to a top-four finish at the MLG Columbus Major and to a final appearance at the following Major, ESL One Cologne 2016.
After a brief stint with OpTic, he joined Rogue, with whom he attended his last Major, hosted by FACEIT in London in 2018. He became a free agent in May 2019, two months after the North American organisation had pulled the plug on the squad due to several members receiving offers from other teams. In an interview with Richard Lewis, he lamented the lack of opportunities in the scene for veteran players like himself or Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert.