Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson stepping down

By George Geddes

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Sep 2, 2023

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North American organization Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson has stepped down from her role at the company, as first reported by Digiday.

The former CEO will be succeeded by Evil Geniuses Chief Innovation Officer Chris DeAppolonio.

LaPointe Jameson is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the company, but she will remain a member of staff for the next two weeks to aid the transition into becoming an advisor, according to Digiday.

The CEO came under significant fire in March following several reports by journalist Richard Lewis that outlined the organization’s mistreatment of former League of Legends player Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki.

“The player’s mental and physical health was left unattended for so long that when he returned home, the family immediately sent the player to a doctor as he was suffering from malnutrition,” a report from Dexerto stated.

In an internal email reported by Lewis, LaPointe Jameson denied the claims despite the reporting and an investigation into the alleged mistreatment by developers Riot Games.

A series of ups and downs

The most prominent victory for the organization in recent history was the triumph at Valorant Champions, the most anticipated event in the VCT calendar.

The North American team was able to take down Paper Rex to win the event in a convincing 3-1 fashion.

It is unclear if this management change will have an effect on the team moving forward.

However, other teams have failed to meet the high expectations set by the organization. For example, the Counter-Strike team is currently ranked as the 42nd-best team in the world, according to HLTV, following several different iterations over the past few years, none of which have yielded significant results.

LaPointe Jameson joined Evil Geniuses back in May 2019 and has worked for investment firm PEAK6, which is the parent company of Evil Geniuses.

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