He intends to focus on Riot’s FPS, Project A, once it comes out (Pic: HLTV)

One of CS: GO’s most celebrated players is leaving the game, switching to Riot’s unreleased first person shooter, Project A.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has lost one of its best players, and to a game that hasn’t even been officially announced yet.

Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce announced on Twitter earlier today that he was stepping back from playing CS: GO competitively (though he may still stream it) and is no longer with his team Swole Patrol, which isn’t good news for them as he was their top performer.

As for why he quit, the 23-year-old wrote that he has a new goal: to wait for the release of Riot Games’ own tactical first person shooter, currently codenamed Project A, and become ‘the best in the world to fruition.’

Swag has been playing competitively since 2011. He quickly made a name for himself by climbing the ranks, before joining his first team, Quantic Gaming, in 2013.

Throughout his career, he has jumped from team to team. In 2014, his team iBUYPOWER won the FACEIT League Season 2 Finals, earning Swag the number 18 spot on that year’s top 20 players ranking.

In 2015, his career hit a bump when he and three of his then-former iBUYPOWER teammates were discovered to have been part of a betting scandal and were indefinitely banned from Valve’s major circuit.

Swag was able to continue playing at other LAN tournaments though; his last LAN event was at ESL Pro League Season 10 Americas, where his team came in last place.

As for Project A, while we have no idea when it’ll actually release, some details, including it’s actual name, may have leaked early, and fans are already theorising we’ll get an official announcement next week.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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