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Kyle "KyKy" Souder is now a free agent

Only moments ago, Houston Outlaws coach Kyle “KyKy” Souder announced on his personal Twitter that he was no longer employed by the Outlaws, and is a free agent “looking for a fresh start.”

Just informed that I am also one of the many people being let go from Infinite/Optic/Outlaws. I’ve turned down opportunities to remain loyal to one organization but am now a free agent looking for a fresh start. Open to all staff positions, DM anytime.

Back in mid-April, Souder, alongside Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim were released from the Dallas Fuel. Rascal, previously of both the London Spitfire and the Dallas Fuel, had been added to NRG’s Contenders roster, and recently promoted to the main roster for the San Francisco Shock. When released from the Fuel, CEO and owner Mike Rufail stated “his commitment to the team did not meet our expectations and his unwillingness to communicate with the team while playing in recent matches became a large distraction.”

His comments about KyKy, however, seemed a little less to the point, stating he was appreciative of Souder’s commitment to the organization. Rufail also said “While we recognize many of the challenges Kyle faced with the Dallas Fuel were beyond his control, there comes a time when change is necessary for the team to move forward and we felt that time is now.”

When speaking to Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty back in May, he seemed excited about being reunited with KyKy (from the previous year’s Overwatch World Cup): “He was a big reason why Team USA was successful. He’s a big reason why coolmatt, JAKE and I are really successful, and he’s just bringing so much more to this team.” It’s a shame KyKy was let go, because we unfortunately only got two Stages of him reunited with his old World Cup team.

UPDATE: Upon posting this article, caster Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles commented on the multiple layoffs from Infinite Esports/OpTic Gaming.

Many great esports industry people are leaving or being let go from Infinite. It is awful to see so many professional who uprooted their lives to move to Texas from all over the world suddenly jobless.

For other companies, however, it’s a unique opportunity to snag top talent.

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