Evil Geniuses’ Uncertain Future
Renowned in the eSports realm, Evil Geniuses recently sent shockwaves through the Dota 2 community. Rumors and reports suggest that the illustrious organization is stepping back from the Dota 2 scene, leaving its South American roster to navigate the uncertain waters of free agency.
The Social Media Revelation
Vitoria “Guashineen” Otero, the current manager of Evil Geniuses, took to social media to address the whirlwind of speculations. She confirmed that the Dota 2 team has indeed severed ties with the organization, with every player now “seeking a new future.” Guashineen’s statement also hinted at a gloomy horizon for Evil Geniuses, as she mentioned, “Today many layoffs happened at EG and it’s very unlikely that they acquire a new roster.”
It is that time of the year, the shuffle time!
I'm personally not sure if EG will have a Dota 2 roster this year but we are all parting ways with the org and seeking a new future. Today many layoffs happened at EG and its very unlikely that they acquire a new roster.
As for… pic.twitter.com/gXli6HRU2F
— Guashi (@Guashineen) November 1, 2023
Comparative Journeys: Evil Geniuses vs. beastcoast
This unexpected twist makes Evil Geniuses the second South American team to disassociate from its organization after TI11. Beastcoast, another notable team, previously declared their players’ free agency. However, a distinguishing factor remains. Beastcoast has expressed its intent to remain in the Dota 2 arena and to onboard a new roster for the 2024 competitive season. Conversely, indicators for Evil Geniuses suggest a potential complete retreat from the domain.
Members of the Former Evil Geniuses Dota 2 Roster
- Christian “Pakazs” Savina
- Jean Pierre “Chris Luck” Gonzales
- Adrian “Wisper” Cespedes Dobles
- Farith “Matthew” Puente
- Jose “Pandaboo” Hernandez
Turbulent Times: Layoffs at Evil Geniuses
The onset of November witnessed another wave of layoffs at Evil Geniuses. Among those affected were the global creative director, Antonia Bonello, and vice president of operations, John Jung. LCS data scientist Beora mentioned that approximately 20 individuals were relieved from their roles on November 1.
In the backdrop of these layoffs is a tumultuous year for Evil Geniuses. Notably, in 2023, allegations arose about player mistreatment, leading to the exit of several staff members, including CEO Nicole LaPointe. Moreover, big names in fighting games like SonicFox and dekillsage ended their three-year association with the NA organization.
Evil Geniuses’ Shift: The Ever-Changing Landscape of eSports
The eSports industry is dynamic, with teams, players, and organizations constantly evolving. The recent developments surrounding Evil Geniuses serve as a reminder of the impermanent nature of alliances and rosters in this space. As the industry grows, transparency, player welfare, and strategic decision-making will remain pivotal. Fans and stakeholders can only hope for a brighter future for the players and for Evil Geniuses to recalibrate its strategies moving forward.