Many have been waiting on baited breath for news of new acquisitions, as all free agents are available to be signed to any team today, October 8th. However, the first major news of this new stage of the Overwatch League’s off season is that Kyle “KyKy” Souder has been released from the Houston Outlaws.
Just informed that I am also one of the many people being let go from Infinite/Optic/Outlaws. I've turned down opportunities to remain loyal to one organization but am now a free agent looking for a fresh start. Open to all staff positions, DM anytime.
— Kyle Souder (@KyKy) October 8, 2018
After months of harsh criticism as the head coach of the Dallas Fuel and Team EnVyUs, KyKy was announced as an assistant coach of the Houston Outlaws under Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim. KyKy was integrated into the Outlaws organization in late April, having been replaced by Aaron “Aero” Atkins, the current coach of Team USA. KyKy had the same position in 2017’s world cup, leading the United States in an impressive run where the team eventually fell to Team South Korea at BlizzCon.
With that being said, I intend to continue my work in OWL, absorb all my criticisms, fix my mistakes, and push for a championship in this season or the next. For those that have continued to believe in me up until this point, I love you guys. More on my future will come soon.
— Kyle Souder (@KyKy) April 18, 2018
Although KyKy has faced many professional challenges this past year, this coach has a wealth of APEX, World Cup, and Overwatch League experiences that should lead to a new pathway shortly. Best of luck to KyKy as he moves forward into his next stage in Overwatch.