Jordan “JKap” Kaplan has announced his retirement from competitive Call of Duty after 10 years in the scene.
In a post on Twitter, JKap, who was on the bench for OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, revealed he’d decided to retire from competitive Call of Duty altogether.
“I’m officially retiring from Call of Duty,” JKap wrote. “It was an incredible 10-year run that gave me some of the best memories of my life, but it’s time to move on to another challenge. Thank you for all the support over the years.”
Didn’t expect to get this emotional from all the love... I’m for real sitting here fighting back tears right now 😅😅 With this all said, I’m looking to stay in the scene one way or another and am looking forward to figuring out exactly what the next step is soon. https://t.co/kgpkU8X4e2— Jordan Kaplan (@JKap415) September 2, 2020
Giving an indication of his future plans, JKap added: “With this all said, I’m looking to stay in the scene one way or another and am looking forward to figuring out exactly what the next step is soon.”
This announcement comes after Call of Duty revealed next year’s competitive season for Black Ops Cold War would revert to 4v4 teams - with it likely JKap could have been dropped from the roster regardless.
The format shift has already spurred some surprising moves within rosters, with James “Clayster” Eubanks dropped from Dallas Empire shortly after becoming Call of Duty League Champions for 2020.
JKap has retired (Picture: OpTic Gaming)
JKap’s competitive career started with Black Ops in 2010, before moving to OpTic Gaming the following year. He later won his first World Championship in 2015 with Denial Esports.
He won the following year too with Team Envy, and made the Call of Duty Championship finals for a third year in a row in 2017 for Infinite Warfare, but lost to OpTic Gaming.
While recent years have seen his performances dip, his legacy as one of the best Call of Duty players ever can never be shaken.