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Pro StarCraft 2 player retires after Blizzard WCS Europe (corrected)

French professional StarCraft 2 player and member of team Evil Geniuses Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri made good on his pledge to retire from eSports after being eliminated from Season 2 of Blizzard's European World Championship Series, according to a report on the Team Liquid forums.

Satouri is one of the most successful and highest-earning non-Korean eSports players. According to, Satouri has won $234,180 in prize money and is the fourth highest-earning player globally.

In an interview following the match, Satouri told eSports program ESL TV that his career was more than "just playing games and making money," and that he feels his time as a professional eSports player has made him a "more accomplished person."

In May, Satouri said that he saw his eSports career ending in August, stating he wanted to return to school and study to become a programmer.

Last October, Satouri was suspended for the month without pay after making several inappropriate comments during a livestreamed match. Satouri publicly apologized and team Evil Geniuses released a statement apologizing for their member's comments, which they added "[did] not reflect our company's sense of morality, behavior and propriety, and they will not be tolerated."

Correction: This post has been updated to more accurately reflect the events surrounding Satouri's planned departure from StarCraft 2 eSports and removed a quote.

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