SMITE Community Mourns the Passing of Hi-Rez Esports Caster John Finch

SMITE esports activities are halted until further notice.

The SMITE community is mourning the death of caster and community figure John ‘Finch’ Finch. Earlier today, it was confirmed that he passed away on Thursday, May 20. He was only 28 years old.

The announcement was made by Stewart Chisam, CEO of Hi-Rez Studios.

The text in the image attached to the tweet reads:

I am devastated to relay the news that John Finch, one of the anchor members of our esports casting team, passed away on Thursday. He was 28 years old.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones.

In 2017, John burst onto the scene at Hi-Rez as a contestant on The Caster, a reality show competition that we held to find new esports talent. John’s insightful game analysis, charismatic personality, strong work ethic, and multi-game versatility immediately helped him to stand out on the show. After the show finished, we offered him a position on our esports staff where he instantly became beloved by our gaming community and staff.

In honor of John and out of respect for our esports family, note that planned SMITE Pro League and SMITE Challenger Circuit matches for this week have been postponed. We will communicate news at a later time in regards to when and how we will reboot the SPL season. This is a huge loss for our esports family.

At the moment, we have few other details to share. We ask that everyone give his family and loved ones space and time to grieve. As a company and as a gaming community, we will also find a meaningful way to honor his legacy and contribution.

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The official SMITE esports Twitter account tweeted: “Our esports family is deeply saddened to share this news with all of you. John Finch was one of the best among us. He will be sorely missed.”

In the video attached, it is explained that Finch’s passing is the reason why all SMITE esports broadcasts planned for the weekend were canceled. Speculation ran amok among the community, but certainly, no one would have seen this kind of devastating news coming. SMITE Pro League will not be happening until further notice as the team, players, and fans grieve. Tributes to Finch’s legacy are being shared across social media.

Our thoughts are with John Finch’s family, as well as the Hi-Rez team and community. May he rest in peace.

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Natalie Flores

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  1. this is so devastating. i wish there was just a little bit of info into how it happened. He was loved, he will be missed, and he will be remembered.

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