In a blog post on the Cloud9 website, Lam explained his reasons for retirement, noting that his wrist injury made it hard to keep up with his teammates and deliver on a tournament level. In the world of eSports, professional gamers are considered athletes, thanks to their crushing training regimens and busy tournament schedules, so to hear of a big-game player being forced to retire due to injury shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
It's not been a particularly good year for Cloud9. After a poor showing in North America's fully professional League of Legends league last year and an earlier than expected knockout in the 2014 World Championships in Korea, the team has found it difficult to replicate past successes. Its recent second place finish means the team might not even make the 2015 World Championships this fall. Lam says that teammates also lost confidence in his playing ability during that time, which contributed to his decision.
Although he won't now figure as one of Cloud9's major players, Lam isn't going far. He'll now enjoy the role of "Chief Gaming Officer," helping to recruit and mentor new players as well as maintaining the group's partnerships (which already include HTC).