Esports 101: Get To Know Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses is one of the most popular esports organizations that has been dominating the industry for a while now. Also known as EG, the squad is one of the top American esports teams based in Seattle, Washington. Since 1999, the team has been playing games like Call of Duty (CoD), Halo, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), and Rainbow Six Siege. EG also has teams playing World of Warcraft, League of Legends (LoL), and Dota 2.
Among the achievements of Evil Geniuses is winning The International in 2015 and the Call of Duty Championship in 2018. As one of the oldest teams in the industry, EG has paved its way to the top— becoming among the elite teams in the esports industry.
Four years later the squad was founded, Evil Geniuses got a spot from Velocity esports during the promotion stage after playing in the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS). However, top laner Mike ‘Wickd’ Peterson and Henrik ‘Froggen’ Hansen left the team and formed their own group, Alliance, to acquire EG’s spot in the European LCS.
In 2007, Evil Geniuses on esports ventured into the World of Warcraft (WoW) arena. It was also when the squad had a roster of notable players such as Jesse ‘Koorban’ Ryan, John ‘Nuvas’ Liao, and Brian ‘Tyz’ Gustafson. A year later, popular personalities like Issac ‘Azeal’ Cummings-Bently, Dan ‘spoh’ Street, and Charles ‘Cdew’ Dewland were added to the squad.
Evil Geniuses also acquired a Dota roster in 2008 and a StarCraft: Brood War squad in 2009. However, the North America Dota squad was dissolved in 2009 due to months of minimal practice and insufficient exposure.
In 2010, EG expanded into StarCraft II alongside the recruitment of top American player Gregory ‘IdrA’ Field and a famous commentator and player Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott. It was also when EG dipped their toes into fighting games by signing Martin Phan and Justin Wong.
From then on, the team’s roster is constantly changing to compete in different leagues. This just proves that even if they are among the oldest teams in the industry, they aren’t afraid to make changes in the hopes of becoming a global icon as well.
In 2019, Evil Geniuses was acquired by PEAK6 Investments LLC, a Chicago-based investment company. It was also when they confirmed their return to CS: GO alongside signing the roster of NRG Esports.
Two years later, EG partnered with POINT3, an American apparel company and Coinbase, a cryptocurrency-based exchange platform.
How Are Esports Orgs Formed?
With the number of esports orgs making themselves known, have you ever wondered how they were formed? Forming an esports organisation is not that difficult. All you need are members who know how to play and can coordinate with the whole team. However, you also need to know the difference between a professional and casual esports team.
A professional esports team is often managed and sponsored by huge companies. On the other hand, a casual esports team usually play minor leagues and is oftentimes composed of a group of friends who share the same interest.
However, the process of choosing members can take time, especially for professional esports orgs. The player needs to know and understand all of the game’s rules, objectives, characters, and other relevant details. This is one of the reasons why most professional esports teams prefer adding players who are already experienced.
Knowing the game’s nooks and crannies is not enough. Both professional and casual esports players spend most of their time honing their skills. As a matter of fact, some even stream casual team matches on YouTube Gaming and Twitch.
Aside from forming a group, one of the most important aspects is team branding. This includes the name of the team, logo, and even the colours used. For instance, Cloud9 is one of the most recognizable esports organizations for winning several championship titles and unmatched viewership hours. They also have a unique and distinguishable name and team logo that can be easily remembered.
Just like with EG, you can easily recognize them in almost every league they join. This is probably one of the reasons why the squad is one of the most known teams in the industry. Well, you better watch and support Evil Geniuses on esports streaming sites because they definitely have what it takes to win the match.