After captaining Legacy’s Overwatch team to an equal fifth place Contenders finish last split, Isabella ‘Straawbella’ Chan has announced her retirement from the game.
When Legacy Esports acquired an Overwatch team in February this year, Straawbella was the team’s marquee player and she has led the team well over the last eight months.
Earlier in her esports career, Straawbella made history by being the first female to play in the Oceanic Pro League while also playing for Legacy.
Straawbella is retiring from Overwatch to take a break from competing, as she been competitive in karate and then golf and finally in gaming for as long as she can remember.
After she has a much-needed break, she will potentially return to where her gaming journey began, playing League, because of the more established pathways.
“League is more developed as a whole and there’s more possible career pathways, including fulltime,” Straawbella said.
“I definitely don’t regret swapping to Overwatch, it’s all part of the journey and the experience.
“I’ve learnt so much, both in game and out, from pursuing this.”
Straawbella couldn’t speak more highly about her time at Legacy.
“It really has been amazing to work with Legacy and the Adelaide Football Club, they’re truly the company you want to be around,” Straawbella said.
“Legacy have given me such great opportunities and I am so thankful for everything they’ve done.”
Head of Esports, Tim Wendel, said that Straawbella has already achieved a lot in her career and that he looks forward to seeing what is next.
“Working with Bella was a pleasure,” Wendel said.
“To be able to play at a competitive level in two different games is a feat and I wish her the best with whatever she’s bound to succeed at next.”
Legacy’s new-look Overwatch roster will be revealed in the coming days, so stay tuned to Legacy’s website and socials.