Eemeli “Woomera” Ikonen, previously team captain of the Helsinki REDS Overwatch roster, is staying on board with the Helsinki REDS. He is leaving behind his role as a competitive player to join the behind-the-scenes staff.

“At the beginning of 2017, I decided that I would take a year and see how the Overwatch scene in Europe develops,” Ikonen said.

“In the end, my back problems coupled with the decline of the European Overwatch competitive scene led to my decision to begin my studies in sales and marketing.

“It’s too soon for me to say that my career as a competitive player is over, but for now I will be concentrating on my studies and my new post in the Helsinki REDS organization.

“I could not be more thankful to be working with such a great and professional crew. The past year has been the most eventful in my life thus far, and the Helsinki REDS and our wonderful sponsors have been one of the main factors in that. A big thank you to all my teammates as well, with whom I was able to share the victories and losses in Overwatch in 2016-2017! I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.”

“Eemeli is an excellent player, and he’ll bring his good qualities with him to this new role. We’re glad to have Eemeli in our organization,” general manager Christer Kasurinen said.