Global Esports Management (GEM) has announced that their client NesTea is a free agent. Nestea's contract with Incredible Miracle ran out as of March 31st, separating him with his team of over three years.
According to GEM, IM head coach Kang Dong hoon (aka Hirai) negotiated with Nestea over a long period of time, but in the end agreed to end the contract in order to develop newer players.
Mr. Kang said "As a player who was one of our founding members and set a great example for the team as the oldest player, I want to tell him he's done a great job. There were a lot of tough things that happened during our not-so-short time together, and each of those times Nestea was the reason IM was able to stay together. I hope he does well in whatever he pursues going forward, and from now on I'll cheer for him as a friend."
Nestea said "I'm thankful to head coach Kang for letting me continue my career as a player, which was a dream that I had thought was drifting away. I want to thank the IM players who have followed me this far as the oldest member of the team."
GEM stated their intent to find Nestea a new team that will support his active participation in future tournaments.
Korean media outlets such as ThisIsGame, DailyEsports, PGR21.com, Fomos and Inven have reported the story as well.