Jaru will walk away from professional Overwatch after a four year career, concluding his journey as a Gladiators alumni. Image credit: Carlton Beener for Activision Blizzard Entertainment.
Announced in mid December before the 2020 Overwatch League season, Jaru was the last player to join the Gladiators before the season began. Prior to the midseason signing of kevster, he was a part of the team's DPS trio consisting of himself, birdring, and MirroR. Out of the three, birdring and MirroR saw the most playtime. Jaru made appearances in 5 matches during the 2020 season. Out of those 5 official matches, he played in 9 maps, mostly as a substitute for MirroR.
Prior to joining the Overwatch League, Jaru competed on a number of teams in Overwatch Contenders and tier 2 Overwatch dating back to before the Overwatch League's creation. These teams included Toronto Esports, Skyfoxes, EnVision Esports, and Team Envy. Some of his most notable accomplishments include a first place finish at DreamHack Montreal 2017, 2nd place finish at the Overwatch Beat Invitational Season 3, and two first place finishes in Overwatch Contenders 2019 Seasons 1 and 2: North America West.
Like Jaru's announcement, many now former players have announced their retirement from Overwatch, most recently his former teammate Shaz, who made his announcement yesterday. In just the past week, five players (including Jaru) have announced their respective retirements from Overwatch. These players include Gamsu, Trill, aKm, Shaz, Haksal, and most recently Jaru.