Uzi retires from professional League of Legends due to injury
CMD368 – Uzi won multiple LPL splits, the Mid-Season Invitational, and appeared at the Worlds finals in his career. The former LPL champion and Worlds finalist Jian “Uzi” Zihao has retired from professional League of Legends because of injury. The 23-year-old has chosen to end his career in light of advice from medical professionals. Over the course of his eight-year career, Uzi accumulated pain in his arms, shoulders, and legs. Playing League for hours on end took a toll on his health, and forced him to take regular breaks from the game.
“One time I went to the hospital for a check-up and the doctor said my arms are similar to that of a 40 to 50-year-old,” Uzi said in an interview with Nike last year. “I often feel like my legs have no strength. The lower part of the body feels like it’s not mine.”
Uzi first considered retiring in 2015, after complaining about shoulder pain during a team boot camp with the LPL’s Oh My God. Despite his ongoing struggle with pain, he went on to dominate in his domestic league, winning multiple titles and performing on the international stage. This year, ahead of the LPL Spring Split, Uzi was advised to rest his body. But after the season came to a close, he made the decision to step away from competing, and retire.
“Even in retirement, Uzi is still an important member of the RNG family. In addition to doing everything we can to assist him in his future endeavors, we will also be by his side to help him on his journey to injury recovery,” RNG said.