Brazilian professional player Alexandre “xand” Zizi has announced his retirement from VALORANT esports after being banned from a tournament for an old video in which he used a racist term.
Xand, who was a well-known face in the CS scene before VALORANT, had made the switch to VALORANT 3 years ago and played for well-known teams such as Ninjas in Pyjamas and KRÜ Esports.
Throughout his career, xand has competed in many international tournaments, such as the VALORANT Champions 2021 with his former team FURIA and the Masters Reykjavik last year with Ninjas in Pyjamas. Despite his achievements, this year has been particularly difficult for him. After signing with KRÜ at the end of 2022 and the expectations of competing in the VCT Americas, he suffered a setback and was dropped from the team, even before the start of the league. He then played in the Brazilian Challengers League. Now, a video that surfaced on social media has led to his suspension from an off-season event, after which he decided to end his career.
Xand says goodbye to esports after suspension
Xand, a well-known player in professional VALORANT, has ended his career.
This happened after an old video clip from his time in CS surfaced in which he used a racist expression in Portuguese. No one really knows why the clip of him resurfaced online.Xand was subsequently banned from an ongoing tournament when the video went viral.He apologized for his misstep on social media shortly afterwards. As has often been seen in the world of sport and esports, one word can end an entire career.
What’s next for xand?
Since the incident and the subsequent break from competition, it has been suggested that xand has been linked to various teams from Latin America and Brazil, yet no contract has been signed. On the social media platform X, which most people still know as Twitter, and on Twitch, where the Brazilian has a considerable following of around 271k people, he hinted at a possible transition from gaming to content creation. Most pros don’t leave the scene completely, they just change lanes and lately it’s mostly been the switch to streaming or otherwise creating content.
So far, the player has not officially commented on his future career, but with his online presence, such a move seems well within the realms of possibility. However, he does not yet have any specific plans, so fans will have to wait a little longer.
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