ESL And Evil Geniuses Terminate Partnership

23 Dec 2023
Tit Krajnik 23 Dec 2023
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  • Tournament organiser ESL and Evil Geniuses terminated their partnership on Friday, December 22
  • The news comes amid reports of Evil Geniuses' plan to exit the esports scene
  • The two parties mutually agreed to part ways
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On Friday, December 22, ESL announced that it had terminated its partnership with the North American esports organisation Evil Geniuses. The decision was made after the two parties mutually agreed to end EG's participation in the Louvre Agreement.

The news comes following reports of Evil Geniuses nearing an exit from esports as a whole. The North American esports organisation already took steps to achieve that, having recently exited the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS).

Before its exit from the LoL esports scene, EG also released its entire Dota 2 lineup and, over the last two months ,parted ways with most of its Counter-Strike roster.

In recent weeks, Evil Geniuses released Jadan "HexT" Postma and Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte, who joined NRG's Counter-Strike lineup. Shortly after, Evil Geniuses also parted ways with Jeorge "Jeorge" Endicott and Paytyn "junior" Johnson, who left for Nouns Esports.

Even though EG's exit from the esports scene as a whole has yet to be officially announced, the organisation's decisions over the last couple of months suggest that the rumours are true.

Evil Geniuses End Their Participation In Louvre Agreement

Evil Geniuses ending its partnership with ESL comes after the North American esports organisation announced it has ended its partnership in the Louvre Agreement, which EG were a part of since the inception of the deal in 2020.

As a result of signing the Louvre Agreement, Evil Geniuses received a direct invite to ESL-hosted tournaments, such as the ESL Pro League, and also received a revenue share from the events.
However, despite holding a spot in every ESL Pro League, Evil Geniuses proved to be one of the least successful Counter-Strike teams in the history of the competition, having placed last in four of the last six iterations of the tournament.

This triggered a clause where ESL could revoke an invite to a team which placed last in three of the last four ESL Pro League seasons; however, EG retained their spot in the league - Until Friday, when Evil Geniuses decided to end its participation in the agreement.