Machine Leaves ESL

Alex “Machine” Richardson is no longer an employee of the Electronic Sports League, or ESL, after two years of casting for the company.

Machine joined ESL in May of 2014 as a presenter and analyst. His career was mostly centered around the ESL ESEA Pro League, but also worked as a host and commentator for events such as ESL One Cologne 2016, Intel Extreme Masters Season X at Gamescom, and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016. He also worked for ESL’s 2016 EU CWL Stage 1 events, including the qualifying invitational tournament and playoffs.

The twenty-three-year-old Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Call of Duty personality took to Twitter to make the announcement, making it abundantly clear that he is thankful for his time spent with ESL and that the split was made amicably.

“Today marks my last day as an ESL employee. Over 2 years of opportunities, life experiences and growth. It was an absolutely wild ride. ♥”

Moving forward, Machine immediately put any potential rumors to rest by reassuring fans that he will not be abandoning his career in eSports – rather, he will be expanding it as he moves into a freelancing position. The change will allow him to seek more opportunities as a caster, host, and analyst for both CS:GO and CoD alike. Adam Apicella, senior director of league operations for Major League Gaming, hinted just days earlier that he would have work for Machine in December, which is when MLG Las Vegas is slated to take place, so it’s possible that fans will see Machine have a more regular presence in Call of Duty‘s eSports scene, as well as CS:GO.

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