In a post on his Facebook page, Robert “PandaTank” Botha, likely South Africa’s most prominent eAthlete, announced his retirement from all professional eSports.
PandaTank’s retirement comes after a short – but successful – professional career playing StarCraft II. He can always lay claim to being South Africa’s first StarCraft II Grandmaster – a title which grants entrance to the league where the top 200 players from each region compete. In his announcement, PandaTank remarks his ability is “not bad for a dude that practices on 200 ping”. Not bad indeed: in 2012 he placed in the top eight at the 2012 IeSF World Championships, one of the most competitive and prestigious tournaments in the sport.
For a brief professional career, he sure has achieved a lot – but as sad as we are to see him go, PandaTank feels he achieved everything he wanted to:
“All-in-all it has been an amazing, life changing experience. I got to travel to places I probably would never have been able to (or at least not any time soon), I made tons of awesome friends along the way and I even managed to inspire the odd person here and there through my ‘triumphs’ .”