In a post from his Twitter account, Austin “Mikwen” McCleary has announced his retirement from competing:
So after getting DQ’d Saturday I spent a lot of time thinking about my future, and I’m going to step down from competing. I’ve had an amazing career, I accomplished everything I ever set out to do, and I couldn’t be more proud of the life I’ve been able to live.
I have a really good future set up for myself and I’m going to take that route because I genuinely feel like it’s time to move on. I don’t love competing like I used to, and without the passion I’ll just end up fizzling out.
Mikwen has been competing professionally in Halo since 2009, where he made his debut at MLG Columbus. He has found success across multiple titles while representing some big name organizations such as Denial eSports, Team EnVyUs, Team Reciprocity and most recently Renegades. It has been a pleasure watching him compete and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.