Being a public figure on the internet regardless of how big your fanbase is can be draining, and for Twitch streamer Brandon "Seagull" Larned, who is most fondly known for his time as a professional Overwatch player with teams like NRG Esports and Dallas Fuel, this has led him to an indefinite break from content creation.
Larned announced via Twitter, to the surprise of many, that he had no intention of coming back to streaming for the foreseeable future, as he will take a break in order to look after his mental health, citing burnout and depression as key factors in this decision.
I've been struggling with burnout/depression, don't expect to see me on for quite a while.— Brandon Larned (@A_Seagull) January 25, 2021
Don't forget I exist though, and I'll see you guys next time.
"I've been struggling with burnout/depression, don't expect to see me on for quite a while. Don't forget I exist though, and I'll see you guys next time," Larned tweeted out.
Seagull, a former Team Fortress 2 content creator, harnessed Overwatch's hype back in 2015, when the game was still in beta, becoming one of the most popular figures in the community, renowned for his Genji play.
With over 1 million Twitch followers, Seagull, who metaphorically hanged up the boots back in 2018, found success branching out from Overwatch, transitioning his FPS skills to games like Apex Legends, fully embracing the variety streamer lifestyle.
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Despite this, Seagull has maintained his role as one of the most important faces in the Overwatch community, often leveraging his fame to bring awareness to important situations, such as petitioning for a players association to better protect the interests of OWL pros.
We hope Seagull finds peace during this more than deserved break as we're sure all his fans will receive him with open arms once he decides to come back.