Interview conducted by Lee So Ra of Daily eSports
◆Flash had already decided to retire six months ago
For a while now, Flash had already made a decision to retire. He contemplated retiring ever since May, right after 2015 SPL concluded. 9 years of pent-up fatigue from pro gaming suddenly swept over him.
Flash: There's no particular reason. I just all of a sudden discovered myself being exhausted. In the past, regardless of how hard the work was, it was fun to play the game and I enjoyed playing on stage. However, I later on discovered myself not smiling at all. It wasn't just because of my lack of results.
If you were the top performing player in a certain field for 9 years, I bet you can understand his feelings. Not even that, if you are someone who pursued something for 9 years without looking left, right, or even behind you and just kept looking ahead then I'm sure you would understand Flash's statement of being, "exhausted".
Many fans are assuming that KT Rolster reduced Flash's pay in the next contract negotiation because of his results but this is not true. It was already 2 months ago when he stated that he would be retiring. Flash didn't even take part in this year's contract negotiation.
Flash: Seems like there are some misunderstandings. KT always did their best for me. When I told them that I wanted to retire, they didn't want to let me go at first (laughs). I had to persuade them with sincerity. I told them I wanted to rest a while. Eventually they decided to accept my decision without any further statements. That was the moment when I teared up. These were the people who truly understood how hard I had worked and didn't need me to explain myself further.
Because Flash wanted to retire after leading his team to victory for Proleague, he worked hard even after talking about retirement with the team.
◆What will Flash do next? Perhaps even pursue LoL?
Flash: This is not a joke. I really plan on just resting for now. But there probably will be many options for me later on. I could stream just like Bisu, or I can be a coach like Stork. There's also a possibility that I may decide to pursue something that has nothing to do with eSports. Another option is that I could pursue being a LoL player. The point is, nothing is certain for now. However, whatever I decide to do, I can promise my fans that I won`t be putting on an embarrassing form.
Whatever it is that I decide to do, I will be letting the eSports fans know first so I hope people will not forget me till then. I would also like to say thank you and sorry to my fans for all the help that enabled me to reach where I am now. Whenever I faced difficult times, it was the fans' support that allowed me to survive and endure. I will never forget this. I sincerely thank you all!