Evil Geniuses

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Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses logo.svg
Short nameEG
DivisionsCall of Duty
Dota 2
Fighting games
Super Smash Bros.
Rainbow Six Siege
Rocket League
Founded1999; 20 years ago (1999)
LocationSeattle, Washington, United States[1]
CEONicole LaPointe Jameson
Head coachKanishka Sosale (Dota 2)
ManagerRyan Towey (Call of Duty & R6S)
Wilson Teng (Dota 2)
Stephen Swims-Fuleihan (Rocket League)
PartnersMonster Energy
Xfinity
Razer_Inc
AORUS
AMD
Twitch.tv
Parent groupPEAK6 Investments LLC
WebsiteOfficial site

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

In May 2019, EG was acquired by PEAK6 Investments LLC, a Chicago-based investment company.[2] While independently owned at the time of the acquisition, it was formerly a subsidiary of GoodGame Agency, which in turn was owned by Amazon.com through its division Twitch.[3][4]

EG's Dota 2 squad won The International 2015, receiving the largest prize payout in esports history at the time.[5] 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, British Columbia, 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 esports.

Philadelphia native and future CEO Alex Garfield started working for the team in 2004.[6]

Evil Geniuses expanded into World of Warcraft (WoW) Arena by acquiring HukHukHukHukHuk in 2007. The roster consisted of many notable players including Abdul "Bokas" Suleiman, Garett "Garett" Llorent, Jesse "Koorban" Ryan, John "Nuvas" Liao, Einar "Spinister" Galilea, Brian "Tyz" Gustafson, Cyrus "Morifen" Foroughi, Anthony "Neia" Krug, and Paul "Zsu" Coats. In 2008, Evil Geniuses later acquired Issac "Azeal" Cummings-Bentley, Conrad "Zyz" Lope, Dan "spoh" Street, Emerson "Woundman" Condon, Charles "Cdew" Dewland, and Tim "Kollektiv" Yen, forming a new 3v3 arena team, as most of the previous team retired from competitive play. Notable accomplishments including winning the 2007 US Arena Championship, placing 3rd at Blizzcon 2007 (World Arena Championship), winning MLG San Diego 2008, placing 4th at Blizzcon 2012, and winning the Intel Extreme Masters IV WoW World Championship (2010).

Evil Geniuses acquired a Defense of the Ancients (Dota) roster on April 12, 2008, made up of players transferring from team eMg.[7] 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.[8] EG saw its North American DotA squad depart on December 3, 2009, following two months of minimal practice and insufficient exposure.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] EG lost its Heroes of Newerth squad on July 8 to SK Gaming, due to sponsorship complications.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] The CEO of EG, Alex Garfield confirmed via reddit that he had indeed let three of the players go to OpTic.[21]

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.[3][4]

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.[22] It was later confirmed that American Dota 2 player Peter "ppd" Dager was named CEO of Evil Geniuses.[23]

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.[24]

On March 24, 2017, Evil Geniuses entered into the Smash Bros. for Wii U scene by acquiring Julian "Zinoto" Carrington.[25]

On November 10, 2017, Evil Geniuses announced that the organization had entered Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege by signing the former Continuum roster.[26]

On April 12, 2019, Evil Geniuses entered Fortnite Battle Royale by signing Jordan "JTruth" Clouse and Chance "MoNsTcR" Duncan.[27]

In late August 2019, Peter Chau, Canadian, and Gotcha all left Evil Geniuses. Morquis "Modigga" Hribar joined the team as a player.[28][29][30]

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.[31]

EG acquired Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling from C9 in December 2014 and Sumail from Pakistan.[32] 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.[33] A week later, Aui_2000 was released from his contract with the team, with former member Arteezy replacing him on the roster.[34]

EG finished third at both the Frankfurt Major 2015[35] and the Shanghai Major 2016. On March 22, Arteezy and UNiVeRsE left the team to join Team Secret.[36] On March 25, EG announced that former members Aui_2000 and Bulba would rejoin the roster to fill these vacancies.[37]

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.[38] 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.[39]

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.[40] 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.

After adding two of Dota 2's most accomplished players, EG headed to The International 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. After a successful group stage where they went 13-3, the joint highest record with Team Liquid. They defeated Team Secret 2-0 in the upper bracket, before setting up a grudge match with OG. The series went to three games, eventually culminating in EG's defeat as they fell to the lower bracket. They continued eliminating tournament favorites in Virtus.pro and Team Liquid, before bowing out to PSG.LGD and taking third place and more than US$2.6 million in prize money.

Overwatch[edit]

In July 2017, Evil Geniuses announced that they would be releasing their Overwatch team just two months after it was originally formed.[41]

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, which included Troy "Canadian" Jaroslawski, Nathan "nvK" Valenti, Austin "Yung" Trexler, Brandon "BC" Carr, Ammar “Necrox” Albanna, and Jordan “BKN” Soojian as the team's Coach.[26]

In February 2018, the team placed second to PENTA Sports in the Six Invitational 2018, the Rainbow Six Siege world championship. BKN would be released from the team on August 30 after placing second to G2 Esports, who picked up the former PENTA roster, in the Six Major Paris 2018.[42]Necrox was later moved to the coach role as the team acquired Emilio "Geoometrics" Leynez Cuevas on September 3. Peter Chao also became manager of the Rainbow Six Siege team the same day.[43] BC retired from a playing role on September 20, bringing Necrox back to a player role.[44] On October 12, Aaron "Gotcha" Chung filled the empty spot of coach for the team and often plays when another member of the team is unable to play.[45]

In August 2019, Evil Geniuses would fall in the group stages of the Six Major Raleigh 2019 stunning fans and opponents. After a disappointing run in the Six Major Raleigh, Peter Chao, Gotcha, and Canadian all left the team, supporting the rumors of a potential change.[28][29][30] To replace Canadian as a player, Morquis "Modigga" Hribar joined EG from Gotcha's former team, Disrupt Gaming. Ryan Towey also replaced Peter Chao as Manager.

Notable Team Achievements[edit]

Tournament Date Location Placement Prize
Pro League Year 2 Season 3 Finals 2017-11-19 São Paulo, Brazil 5-8th $9,143
Six Invitational 2018 2018-02-18 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 2nd $80,000
Pro League Season 7 - NA 2018-04-23 North America 2nd Finals
Pro League Season 7 Finals 2018-05-20 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA 5-8th $8,000
Dreamhack Austin 2018 2018-06-03 Austin, Texas, USA 2nd $12,000
OGA PIT Season 1 - NA 2018-07-25 North America 1st $6,750
Six Major Paris 2018 2018-08-19 Paris, France 2nd $55,000
Pro League Season 8 - NA 2018-10-22 North America 1st Finals
Pro League Season 8 Finals 2018-11-18 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5-8th $8,000
United States Nationals 2018 2018-12-16 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2nd $10,000
Six Invitational 2019 2018-02-17 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 5-8th $80,000
Pro League Season 9 - NA 2019-04-22 North America 1st Finals
Pro League Season 9 Finals 2019-05-19 Milan, Italy 2nd $50,000
Six Major Raleigh 2019 2019-08-18 Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 9-12th $10,000
Dreamhack Montreal 2019 2019-09-08 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 4th $6,000

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds[edit]

In October 2017, Evil Geniuses acquired a PUBG team. After many changes throughout the following year, Evil Geniuses dropped the team in December 2018.[46]

Roster[edit]

Call of Duty[edit]

Nat. ID Name Role Join Date
Canada Xotic John Bruno Player 2018-11-15[47]
United States Apathy Bryan Zhelyazkov Player 2019-04-18[48]
United States JKap Jordan Kaplan Player 2019-04-22[49]
United States Accuracy Lamar Abedi Player 2019-06-21[50]
United States Revan Andres Lacefield Coach 2018-12-01[51]
United States GodRx Adam Brown Substitute Player 2019-01-27[52]

Dota 2[edit]

Nat. ID Name Position Join Date
Canada Arteezy Artour Babaev 1 2016-09-15[53]
Philippines Abed Abed Azel Yusop 2 2019-09-16[54]
Russia RAMZES666 Roman Kushnarev 3 2019-09-16[54]
Denmark Cr1t- Andreas Nielsen 4 2016-09-15[53]
Israel Fly Tal Aizik 5 (C) 2018-05-28[55]
United States BuLba Kanishka Sosale Coach 2017-12-20[56]

Fighting games[edit]

Nat. ID Name Join Date
United States HelloKittyRicki Ricki Ortiz 2010[57]
United States NYChrisG Christopher Gonzalez 2017-01-01[58]

Fortnite Battle Royale[edit]

Nat. ID Name Join Date
United States JTruth Jordan Clouse 2019-04-12[27]
United States MoNsTcR Chance Duncan 2019-04-12[27]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Nat. ID Name Join Date
United States PPMD Kevin Nanney 2014-05-09[59]

Rainbow Six Siege[edit]

Nat. ID Name Join Date
United States Necrox Ammar Albanna 2017-11-10[26]
United States nvK Nathan Valenti 2017-11-10[26]
United States Yung Austin Trexler 2017-11-10[26]
Mexico Geoometrics (C) Emilio Leynez Cuevas 2018-09-03[43]
United States Modigga Morquis Hribar 2019-09-01[30]
United States Ryan (Manager) Ryan Towey 2019-09-01[30]

Former Members

Nat. ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team Current Team
United States BKN (Coach) Jordan Soojian 2017-11-10[26] 2018-08-30[60] SK Gaming DarkZero Esports
United States BC Brandon Carr 2017-11-10[26] 2018-09-20[61] DarkZero Esports DarkZero Esports
United States Peter (Manager/Photographer) Peter Chau 2018-09-03[62] 2019-08-29[29]
United States Gotcha (Coach) Aaron Chung 2018-10-12[45] 2019-08-31[28] Team SoloMid Team SoloMid
Canada Canadian (C) Troy Jaroslawski 2017-11-10[26] 2019-09-01[30] Spacestation Gaming Spacestation Gaming

Rocket League[edit]

Nat. ID Name Join Date
United States Fireworks (Coach) Stephen Swims-Fuleihan 2018-03-13[63]

Former Members[edit]

Nat. ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team Current Team
United States Chrome Robert Gomez 2018-03-13[64] 2018-07-28 The Hosses None
United States Chicago Reed Willen 2018-06-22[65] 2019-01-07[66] G2 Esports G2 Esports
United States Klassux Jason Klass 2018-03-13[64] 2019-06-09[67] Randy Gibbons' River Rats None
Canada CorruptedG Gabriel Vallozzi 2018-03-13[64] 2019-06-09[67] Randy Gibbons' River Rats Plot Twist
Australia Drippay Matthew Den-Kaat 2019-01-12[68] 2019-08-15[69] Chiefs Esports Club Chiefs Esports Club

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External links[edit]

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