Evil Geniuses to leave Call of Duty in 2020

EG to leave amid impending franchising.

Call of Duty's Icon George Geddes · 22 Jul 2019


Photo via MLG

North American esports organization Evil Geniuses has announced that it will be not fielding a roster for the 2020 Call of Duty League. Therefore, the team has confirmed that it will not have a city-based franchise for the upcoming League. Evil Geniuses have noted that Call of Duty is not a priority for the team. 

“Recently, we’ve put in a lot of work in defining what Evil Geniuses’ priorities are for the future. Our main focus is very literal: we want to keep developing a strong Evil Geniuses brand that is capable of supporting all our projects,” the organization said in a statement about the move away from the esport. 

As Evil Geniuses will be leaving the esport in 2020, the current roster will be playing in one more professional Call of Duty event: the Call of Duty Championships, which is the largest event of the year. The Championships has the largest prize pool of the season with $2 million in total and $800,000 going to the winner. 

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Evil Geniuses has been a staple in Call of Duty esports since 2014 when the organization acquired the ex-compLexity roster. The team went on to win multiple championships across its tenure including MLG Anaheim 2014, ESWC 2014, and, the Call of Duty Championships 2018.

2019 has been a tough year for the team. Evil Geniuses has not been in a final of a Major LAN since winning the Championships last year. Moreover, Evil Geniuses has not placed above top eight at a Major LAN the entire year. 

Due to this departure, the following players and coach will be dropped from the team after Call of Duty Championships 2019: 

  • John "Xotic" Bruno
  • Dylan "Attach" Price (on loan from FaZe Clan) 
  • Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov
  • Jordan "JKap" Kaplan
  • Lamar "Accuracy" Abedi

  • John "Revan" Boble (head coach)

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