Evil Geniuses

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Evil Geniuses
EGlogo.png
Short nameEG
DivisionsCall of Duty
Dota 2
Fighting games
Super Smash Bros.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
Rainbow Six Siege
Rocket League
Founded1999; 19 years ago (1999)
LocationSan Francisco, California, United States[1]
Managing directorPhillip Aram (COO)
Head coachKanishka Sosale (Dota 2)
Aaron Chung (
R6S)
ManagerRyan Towey (Call of Duty)
Shannon Marie Larkin (
Dota 2)
Michael Hassold (
PUBG, FGC)
Stephen Swims-Fuleihan (
Rocket League)
Peter Chau (
R6S)
PartnersMonster Energy
Xfinity
SteelSeries
SanDisk
AMD
Twitch.tv
Hisense
SCUFGaming
DesignByHumans
NEEDforSEAT
WebsiteOfficial site

Evil Geniuses (EG) is an esports organization based in San Francisco. Founded in 1999, the organization has fielded players in various fighting games, Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, Halo, Call of Duty, Rocket League, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.

It was formerly a subsidiary of GoodGame Agency, which in turn was owned by Amazon.com through its division Twitch.[2][3] Currently, it is independently owned.

The Dota 2 squad won The International 2015, receiving the largest prize payout in esports history at the time.[4] The Call of Duty: WWII roster won the 2018 Call of Duty Championship.

History[edit]

Evil Geniuses was founded as a Quake clan in Victoria BC Canada in 1997. Playing from the first cyber cafe in Victoria, the Underground Onramp, the original roster included EG MikeJ, EG Killboy, EG Zakath, EG Muppetman and the EG girls featured in Wired Magazine, EG Jasp and EG Mystique. The Onramp and the EG clan were very popular in the emerging gaming circuit, being on the West Coast and having access to a T1 internet connection while the rest of the world was still on dial-up.

Many new members located in Seattle joined the clan and would regularly spar with members of DR including the world's first pro gamer, Thresh.

Members from both the Canadian and American roster were present during the 1997 Gameworks Tournament with access to the gaming lounge. Canadian players were not admitted into the tournament at the time due to the nascent pro gaming circuit, but were allowed to warm up with the contestants.

When the Underground Onramp closed, shortly after the release of modern home broadband internet, most of the Canadian roster went on to new careers, some into game development and still work in the gaming industry to this day. Meanwhile, the American roster flourished and went on to become one of the greatest gaming clans in the history of e-sports.

Philadelphia native and future CEO Alex Garfield started working for the team in 2004.[5]

Evil Geniuses acquired a Defense of the Ancients (Dota) roster on April 12, 2008, made up of players transferring from team eMg.[6] EG entered the StarCraft: Brood War scene on April 25, 2009, with the recruitment of World Cyber Games USA champions Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson, and Dan "Nyoken" Eidson, along with Eric "G5" Rothmuller, Jake "LzGaMeR" Winstead, and Bryce "Machine" Bates.[7] EG saw its North American DotA squad depart on December 3, 2009, following two months of minimal practice and insufficient exposure.[8]

Evil Geniuses expanded into StarCraft II during the game's launch year of 2010 with the recruitment of top American player Gregory "IdrA" Fields as well as the well-known commentator and player Nick "Tasteless" Plott on September 9.[9] In a controversial move, EG acquired the brand of fellow North American gaming organization, Loaded, on October 9, 2010, but the deal only constituted the company sponsors, team owner and their Heroes of Newerth squad.[10]

In 2010, EG expanded into fighting games by signing Justin Wong and Martin "Marn" Phan. Within a year, they expanded their fighting game division with the addition of Ricki Ortiz, Ari "fLoE" Weintraub, and Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez-Frangie, as well as Japanese players Yusuke Momochi, and Yuka "Chocoblanka" Kusachi. Marn was eventually let go in 2011 at his own request, with the intention to start his own League of Legends team, Team MRN.

On March 31, 2011, long-time member Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, as well as StarCraft II division manager Nick "Tasteless" Plott departed from the organization.[11] EG lost its Heroes of Newerth squad on July 8 to SK Gaming, due to sponsorship complications.[12] Near the end of that month, the Korean North American Star League champion, Ho Joon "PuMa" Lee, joined up with EG, despite the lack of consultancy with his previous organization.[13] Three weeks later, the top Canadian player, Chris "HuK" Loranger, left his long-time organization of Team Liquid, and joined EG, to compete alongside Fields and Lee in South Korea.[14] On October 21, it was announced that the trio would be moving to stay with the South Korean team SlayerS, in accordance with a correlating partnership established between the organizations.[15] EG saw the return of two former DotA players, Clinton "Fear" Loomis and Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho, with the acquisition of their first Dota 2 squad.[16]

On January 7, 2012, EG announced the dismissal of its long-standing Counter-Strike squad, though star player Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert initially stayed on to produce content related to the game.[17] In September 2012, Bulba and xHobbzeEx left the Dota 2 team due to personal issues and were replaced by Jio "Jeyo" Madayag and Robert "bdiz" Tinnes. On December 5, 2012, EG signed the successful StarCraft: Brood War Zerg player Lee Jae-Dong. On January 25, 2013, EG announced their expansion into League of Legends with the signing of the former Counter Logic Gaming European division – in negotiations that reportedly spanned three months, however the team would later disband due to extremely poor results.[18]

On April 4, 2014, EG announced that they had signed fighting game player Kenneth "K-Brad" Bradley. Prior to this, Ari "fLoE" Weintraub had been let go from the team.

On October 27, 2014, it was announced that three players from the Evil Geniuses Call of Duty squad, Patrick "Aches" Price, Ian "Crimsix" Porter, and Ken Dedo, had left the organisation, later joining OpTic Gaming.[19] The CEO of EG, Alex Garfield confirmed via reddit that he had indeed let three of the players go to OpTic.[20]

On November 21, 2014, Evil Geniuses announced the launch of its first Halo squad, consisting of the twins Jason "Lunchbox" Brown and Justin "Roy" Brown, the 2014 Halo 4 World Championship finalist Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese and the Eric "Snip3down" Wrona, who is reckoned among the best slayers in the world. The team competed in the Halo Championship Series Season 1 and won 3 online cups to this point. On December 21 iGotUrPistola left the squad due to an injury. He was replaced by Tony "LxthuL" Campbell transferring from the BTH.

On December 9, 2014, Evil Geniuses' parent organisation, GoodGame Agency announced that it had been acquired by Twitch.[2][3]

On December 16, 2014, Evil Geniuses' Yusuke Momochi won the 2014 Capcom Cup tournament. Momochi has qualified for the event by winning South East Asia Major 2014 in Singapore. This win automatically granted him entry into Capcom Cup 2015. On July 19, 2015, Yusuke Momochi won Evolution 2015, taking the win from AVerMedia's Bruce "Gamerbee" Hsiang in a controversial Grand Finals set that saw Momochi suffer from hardware failure with his Razer arcade stick.

On December 12, 2016, Evil Geniuses along with Alliance became player-owned organizations.[21] It was later confirmed that American Dota 2 player Peter "ppd" Dager was named CEO of Evil Geniuses.[22]

At the beginning of 2017, ppd announced lineup switches for the fighting game and StarCraft II divisions. PR Balrog, Justin Wong, Momochi, and ChocoBlanka would depart from the FGC division; Ricki Ortiz, PPMD, and K-Brad would be kept while adding NYChrisG to the team. In addition, ppd announced that their SC2 division would be disbanding as InControL and HuK.[23]

On March 24, 2017, Evil Geniuses entered into the Smash Bros. for Wii U scene by acquiring Julian "Zinoto" Carrington.[24]

Dota 2[edit]

After the International 2011, Evil Geniuses announced their new Dota 2 team in October 2011. This roster included Clinton "Fear" Loomis, Rasmus Berth "MiSeRy" Filipsen, Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho, Amel "PlaymatE' Barudzija, and Pers Anders Olsson "Pajkatt" Lille.[25]

EG acquired Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling from C9 in December 2014 and Sumail from Pakistan.[26] On August 8, 2015, Evil Geniuses beat CDEC Gaming to win The International 2015, securing a first-time championship and winning a total of US$6,616,014, which was one of the largest purses ever awarded in esports. They were also the first American-based team to win the event.[27] A week later, Aui_2000 was released from his contract with the team, with former member Arteezy replacing him on the roster.[28]

EG finished third at both the Frankfurt Major 2015[29] and the Shanghai Major 2016. On March 22, Arteezy and UNiVeRsE left the team to join Team Secret.[30] On March 25, EG announced that former members Aui_2000 and Bulba would rejoin the roster to fill these vacancies.[31]

EG placed third at The International 2016. After the tournament the team released ppd and Fear, who both decided to retire from playing Dota 2 to pursue other opportunities within the organization. They were replaced by Andreas Franck "Cr1t-" Nielsen, who would go on to become the new captain, and Arteezy.

Following their elimination at The International 2017 in August, Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg departed Evil Geniuses, saying he would seek new options about his career. Shortly after, Peter "ppd" Dager stepped down as CEO and was replaced by former team manager, Philip Aram.[32] The following month, Evil Geniuses announced that Clinton "Fear" Loomis would come out of his coaching role to rejoin the team as an active player.[33]

In December 2017, EG announced that they would be releasing UNiVeRsE and their head coach, SVG. They would pick up Rasmus "Misery" Filipsen and Sam "Bulba" Sosale to replace them, respectively. In May 2018, EG announced the acquisition of former OG players s4 and Fly after releasing Fear and Misery from their contracts.[34] Shannon Larkin was added as the Dota team's manager in June 2018, in time for the team's participation in Dota Summit 9, which they would win.

Overwatch[edit]

In July 2017, Evil Geniuses announced that they would be releasing their Overwatch team just two months after it was originally formed.[35]

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege[edit]

In November 2017, the team announced that they had acquired the roster for the Rainbow Six Pro League team of Continuum, including Troy "Canadian" Jaroslawski, Nathan "nvK" Valenti, Austin "Yung" Trexler, Brandon "BC" Carr, Ammar “Necrox” Albanna, and Jordan “BKN” Soojian. [36]

Soojian would be released from the team on August 30[37]; Albanna was moved to the coach role as the team acquired Emilio "Geoometrics" Leynez Cuevas on September 3[38]. Brandon "BC" Carr retired from a playing role on September 20, bringing Albanna back to a player role.[39]

Roster[edit]

Call of Duty[edit]

ID Name Role Join Date
Saints United States Renato Forza Player 2018-10-11[40]
Goonjar Canada Jevon Gooljar-Lim Player 2018-10-11[40]
FeLo United States Tyler Johnson Player 2018-10-11[40]
Royalty Canada Mathew Faithfull Player 2018-10-11[40]
Xotic Canada John Bruno Player 2018-11-15[41]
Revan United States Andres Lacefield Coach 2018-12-01[42]

Dota 2[edit]

ID Name Position Join Date
Arteezy Canada Artour Babaev 1 2018-09-20[43]
Sumail Pakistan Sumail Hassan 2 2016-09-15[43]
s4 Sweden Gustav Magnusson 3 2018-05-28[44]
Cr1t- Denmark Andreas Nielsen 4 2016-09-15[43]
Fly Israel Tal Aizik 5 (C) 2018-05-28[44]
BuLba United States Kanishka Sosale Coach 2017-12-20[45]

Fighting games[edit]

ID Name Join Date
HelloKittyRicki United States Ricki Ortiz 2010[46]
NYChrisG United States Christopher Gonzalez 2017-01-01[47]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

ID Name Join Date
PPMD United States Kevin Nanney 2014-05-09[48]

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds[edit]

ID Name Join Date
decipLe United States Mike Baker 2018-06-12[49]
Gnomey United States Cole Garton 2017-10-23[50]
Wo1f United States Wolfgang Braun 2018-06-12[49]

Rainbow Six Siege[edit]

ID Name Join Date
Canadian Canada Troy Jaroslawski 2017-11-10[36]
Necrox United States Ammar Albanna 2017-11-10[36]
nvK United States Nathan Valenti 2017-11-10[36]
Geoometrics Mexico Emilio Leynez Cuevas 2018-09-03
Yung United States Austin Trexler 2017-11-10[36]

Rocket League[edit]

ID Name Join Date
CorruptedG Canada Gabriel Vallozzi 2018-03-13[51]
Klassux United States Jason Klass 2018-03-13[51]
Chicago United States Reed Willen 2018-06-22[52]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Newbee
The International winner
2015
Succeeded by
Wings Gaming