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Call of Duty esports: ZooMaa steps down from competition due to injury

Call of Duty esports: ZooMaa steps down from competition due to injury
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North American Call of Duty player Thomas "ZooMaa" Paparatto has announced he will be stepping back from competition due to a returning wrist injury.

Call of Duty esports: ZooMaa steps down from competition due to injury

New York Subliners player ZooMaa announced he will not be competing for the "foreseeable future" after announcing he will be stepping back from competing due to a wrist injury.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the North American veteran revealed that the injury that had previously required surgery and rehabilitation had returned, forcing him to hang up the controller. 

 

New York Subliners player ZooMaa announced he will not be competing for the "foreseeable future" after announcing he will be stepping back from competing due to a wrist injury.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the North American veteran revealed that the injury that had previously required surgery and rehabilitation had returned, forcing him to hang up the controller. 

Best known for his four-and-a-half year stint under the FaZe Clan banner between 2015 and 2019, ZooMaa managed to secure victories in several tournaments before the esport switched to a geo-located franchise model at the end of the 2019 season. After his time under the Red Militia, ZooMaa was the first signing for the New York Subliners, a team that managed to end the second half of the season on the front foot after a somewhat sluggish start to the 2020 season.

Heading into the Black Ops Cold War season armed with the new acquisitions of James "Clayster" Eubanks and French phenom Paco "HyDra" Rusiewiez joining the lineup, expectations were high for the Subliners. 

With ZooMaa's unexpected retirement, NYSL is expected to call on the services of NYSL Academy player Conor "Diamondcon" Johst to fill the gap left by one of the most exciting talents to grace competitive Call of Duty.

Opinion: Injuries in other esports are not uncommon but for one of the most recognizable faces of competitive Call of Duty to call it quits long before his time is heartbreaking to see. Let's hope we see ZooMaa involved in the scene in another capacity in the not-too-distant future.

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