FNS Announces His Departure From NRG Esports

20 Sep 2023
Tit Krajnik 20 Sep 2023
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  • Valorant star Pujan “FNS” Metha has officially left NRG Esports
  • FNS will pivot from pro play to content creation and streaming
  • NRG Esports have yet to announce FNS’s replacement
Pujan “FNS” Metha (credit: via Twitter (@colinyoungwolff))
One of North America’s best Valorant in-game leaders, Pujan “FNS” Mehta, has announced his departure from NRG Esports on Tuesday, September 19. By leaving NRG Esports, the 31-year-old will step away from professional play and pivot to content creation and streaming.

FNS started his esports career in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012 when he joined mouseSpaz and has spent the next eight years competing for various CS:GO teams, including CounterLogic Gaming, TSM, Cloud9 and United.

Throughout his CS:GO career, FNS has achieved some success, mainly with CounterLogic Gaming and TSM, with who he made the semifinals of Esports Championship Series Season 1 – Finals. The Canadian pro announced his retirement from CS:GO in April 2020, when he transitioned to Valorant.

He first played for together we are terrific roster, which got picked up by Team Envy. FNS spent over a year with Envy and helped the team claim a silver medal from VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters – Berlin, before the entire Envy roster rebranded to OpTic Gaming.

As an in-game leader at OpTic Gaming, FNS reached new heights and won VCT 2022: Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavík and placed third at VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen. Yet his biggest accomplishment happened at the end of 2022 when FNS led OpTic to the finals of VALORANT Champions 2022.

Because OpTic Gaming weren’t accepted into the franchised league, FNS had to find a new team to represent in the 2023 season and joined NRG Esports, which emerged as one of North America’s top Valorant teams. With NRG, FNS placed second at VCT 2023: Americas League and finished VCT 2023: Masters Tokyo in fourth place.

Unfortunately, NRG Esports failed to deliver at the VALORANT Champions 2023, where the North American squad crashed out in ninth-12th place. Despite the disappointing finish to the season, FNS will go down in history as one of the best North American Valorant in-game leaders.

After his retirement from professional play, FNS plans to continue with his streaming career alongside his former teammate Sam "s0m" Oh, who left NRG and retired from Valorant earlier this week.