It’s official: David Riewe, the famous gamer who goes by the online handle “SonOfTill,” has retired from gaming.
SonOfTill made the announcement on his blog late last night, saying that he was stepping away from “the grind” of BOOMER gaming and is focusing on other pursuits.
“It’s been a great run, but I’m ready to move on to other things,” Riewe wrote. “I’m grateful to all the fans who have supported me over the years, and I hope you’ll continue to follow my journey.”
SonOfTill rose to fame in the mid to late 90s with his impressive skills in games like Doom and Quake. He quickly became a top player in the local lan party scene and even set several world records. It is not clear if those records were gaming or partying related. Nobody present seems to be able to remember.
But in recent years, Riewe has been outspoken about his frustrations with the competitive gaming circuit. In 2017, he wrote a widely-shared blog post titled “Why I’m Quitting Competitive Gaming,” in which he detailed his frustration with the “toxic” and “soul-sucking” culture of professional gaming.
“I’m tired of the politics, the backstabbing, the drama,” Riewe wrote at the time. “I’m tired of feeling like I have to be someone I’m not. I’m tired of pretending to be happy when I’m not. I’m done.”
It’s unclear what Riewe plans to do now that he’s retired from gaming, but he hinted at some “exciting” projects in the works.
“I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on,” he wrote. “Stay tuned.”
We’ll miss you, SonOfTill. Thank you for all the amazing gaming moments over the years.