SumaiL Loses Lawsuit Against Evil Geniuses

12 Mar 2024
Tit Krajnik 12 Mar 2024
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  • Dota 2 player SumaiL has lost his lawsuit against Evil Geniuses
  • The story ends after a two-year-legal battle
  • The jury favoured Evil Geniuses on all counts
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Prominent Dota 2 player Syed “SumaiL” Hassan has lost his lawsuit against Evil Geniuses regarding breach of contract. According to the news, he lost the battle on all counts following more than a two-year-long legal battle.

The legal battle between Evil Geniuses and SumaiL was first reported in March 2023, when legal documents detailing the lawsuit surfaced. In the documents, it was revealed that SumaiL sued his former esports organisation for taking advantage of a young, naïve, and vulnerable player during contract negotiations, buyouts, and ownership in the company.

The case was taken to trial in February and ruled on March 1, when the jury ruled in favour of Evil Geniuses and Peak6.

The case saw SumaiL seek damages for how Peak6 buying Evil Geniuses in 2019 impacted his 400,000 shares of ownership in the organisation by converting his stock into mixed options. Meanwhile, Peak 6 members received the valuable preferred stock.

Moreover, the lawsuit mentioned Evil Geniuses trying to leverage SumaiL’s contract against him after The International 2019, when SumaiL stepped down from Evil Geniuses’ Dota 2 roster.

Evil Geniuses also offered SumaiL a “mutual release” option, which SumaiL and his legal team cited as impacting SumaiL’s ownership stake with draconian obligations and forfeitures. In addition, once SumaiL left Evil Geniuses at the start of 2020, the organisation reportedly offered the player to purchase his ownership stock for $1 million but only if SumaiL retired from competing.

In the court case, Evil Geniuses denied all SumaiL’s allegations, and the player refused to comply with most of the company’s 26 requests for admission. This led the case to a full trial where the player sought reparations for never getting any value for his shares of the company.

In the end, the jury favoured Evil Geniuses on all counts, which included false misrepresentation and breach of contract.

SumaiL is still competing in Dota 2 and is currently a member of Nigma Galaxy, who he first joined in May 2022 and again at the end of 2023, following a short loan at Team Aster. Evil Geniuses, on the other side, left the Dota 2 esports scene in November 2023 and shortly after announced the disbandment of its Counter-Strike division as well.