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Nukkye Leaves HellRaisers

Aaron Alford  | 
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Nukkye has left HellRaisers but hopes to stay within the EU region of play. (Photo courtesy HLTV)

Lithuanian Counter-Strike player Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas announced that he split with his former organization the HellRaisers and is now “officially a free agent”. The 22 year old player is an AWP and Rifler who has been playing CS:GO professionally since 2017. He played with the Hellrasiers for 12 months, during which he competed in the ESL Pro league Season 9 Finals and the DreamHack Delhi Invitational 2019.

Nukkye previously addressed his desire to move on from the HellRaisers back in the beginning of April. He posted a Twitlonger on April 2nd, in which he detailed his intention to amicably move on from the Hellraisers roster.

According to his Twitlonger post, Nukkye struggled to learn and adapt to the Russian language, which was spoken by the rest of his team.

“The last 6 months for me been an emotional roller coaster ride.” He explained. “Relearning a language I haven’t used in a long time, switching roles, playing with new teammates working on my personal problems and trying to fix them as much as I could.”

At no point did the 22 year old player express anger at his former team or teammates. He was rather contrite, offering up apologies for his “broken Russian skills” and hoping that he hadn’t “disappointed [his teammates] too much”. He also thanked his team for supplying a positive environment.

Now that things are official, Nukkye is open to offers inside the EU. He indicated that he would prefer to stay inside the EU until the end of the pandemic.

Aaron Alford
Aaron Alford
Aaron is a 25 year old esports journalist who has worked with dotesports.com, upcomer.com, qrank.gg, among others. Aaron completed a Master's degree in Communication from the University of Dayton in 2018 (Go Flyers). Aaron has also worked as a national circuit debate coach and communication manager for emerging technology companies.