Evil Geniuses Officially Exit Counter-Strike

13 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 13 Jan 2024
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  • On Friday, January 12, 2024, Evil Geniuses officially exited the Counter-Strike scene
  • The North American esports organisation was involved in the CS esports scene since September 2019
  • The news comes after several reports suggesting EG would step away form the esports world entirely
Evil Geniuses Officially Exit Counter-Strike
Evil Geniuses (credit: via Twitter (@EGCSGO))
On Friday, January 12, Evil Geniuses officially confirmed its exodus from the Counter-Strike esports scene. The North American esports organisation announced the news after releasing its entire Counter-Strike roster – a process which started in late November with the departure of Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Jadan “HexT” Postma.

Evil Geniuses’ exit from the Counter-Strike scene comes as no surprise. The North American squad has been on the cusp of disbanding since November, with several reports suggesting that EG are struggling internally and that the organisation would exit the scene.

Evil Geniuses entered the Counter-Strike esports world in September 2019 with the signing of the NRG Esports roster. Shortly after, EG established itself as one of the top contenders in the world, peaking at no.1 on the global ladder after winning ESL One New York 2019.

However, things took a turn for the worse in 2021. With several roster changes that followed, EG were left without key pieces and looked like their former selves.

Once one of the best teams in the scene, Evil Geniuses failed to win a single tournament title in 2023 and eventually started moving away from the Counter-Strike scene. That included Evil Geniuses selling its BLAST Premier spot, which was acquired by Cloud9, and terminating their partnership with ESL.

Internal Issues at Evil Geniuses

Reports from earlier this year stated that Evil Geniuses struggled with mismanagement and poor work conditions across its esports teams. This led to the departure of CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson, who notoriously attempted to skirt blame.

Besides the problems within EG’s Counter-Strike team, the Valorant roster also had its fair share of problems. The most notable being that the Valorant players were said to be held in “contract jail” after winning VALORANT Champions 2023.

The players were forced to take pay cuts or leave the team; however, EG allegedly turned down any bids from other organisations. These issues, combined with reported financial problems within the organisation, eventually led EG to step away from the esports world, also previously releasing its Dota 2 lineup.

Despite releasing its entire Counter-Strike lineup over the last two months, most of the players have already found a new home. HexT and Brehze joined NRG Esports, Paytyn “junior” Johnson and Jeorge “Jeorge” Edicott joined Noins Esports, while Tommy “Axed” Ryan joined BOSS and Colby “Walco “Walsh signed for Carpe Diem.

This leaves only Timothy “automatic” Ta, who has not found a new team yet. However, the 27-year-old has confirmed he is taking a break from competitive CS.