The Paris 2023 Major cycle will unfortunately be kennyS' final

kennyS announces retirement

The French legend has hung up the mouse after an incredible career.

Kenny "kennyS" Schrub has announced his retirement from competition today. kennyS' decision to hang up the mouse marks the end of an incredibly prestigious career that spanned the entirety of CS:GO and beyond, with the Frenchman first finding success in the latter days of Counter-Strike: Source with VeryGames.

During his time at the upper echelon of the French scene for nearly ten years, kennyS was considered one of the world's best, and flashiest, AWPers, having appeared on HLTV's Top 20 Players of the Year a whopping five times. First rising to prominence before the infamous AWP nerf, kennyS continued to be one of the most electric players with the big green gun, competing with Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz and Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev for preeminence.

kennyS' extensive trophy cabinet includes one Major trophy, DreamHack Open Cluj⁠-⁠Napoca 2015, alongside numerous top-eight finishes and a runner-up finish at various Majors over the course of his career.

Unfortunately, the latter stages of kennyS' career saw him struggle to maintain his iconic form, and in some was his motivation, especially as his long-time home, G2, moved away from their French core. After an extensive period on G2's bench, kennyS final team would be Falcons, where he reunited with Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro from the G2 French "Superteam" of 2017.

This French reunion came as close as possible to qualifying to the Paris Major as possible, however kennyS and co. fell just short of heading to the city of lights following a loss to BIG in the Last Chance qualifier. This missed opportunity would go on to mark the de-facto end of kennyS' career as Falcons moved him into a content creator role ahead of his retirement announcement today.

While his career is over, kennyS' legacy continues as one of the most famous CS:GO players of all time, who inspired a generation of fans and players alike, and gave the esport one of his scion that helped it to grow to today's massive heights.

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