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Evil Geniuses

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About

Founded in 1999, Evil Geniuses is one of the oldest esports organizations still active in the scene. Their League of Legends team competed in the first ever EU LCS split in 2013, debuting in League of Legends with Counter Logic Gaming’s former EU roster of Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis, Henrik "Froggen" Hansen, Mike "Wickd" Petersen, Peter "Yellowpete" Wüppen, and Mitch "Boris" Voorspoels. 

After placing third and fourth in spring and summer respectively, Evil Geniuses debuted in North America the following year. They moved their gaming house to America and acquired Velocity eSport’s spot in the NA LCS, despite Froggen and Wickd leaving to form Alliance. At the promotion tournament, Evil Geniuses defeated Determined Gaming 3-0. 

Despite ending their final matches of 2014 with a 5-0 run, Evil Geniuses didn’t compete in the LCS in 2015. Riot Games implemented a new policy at the end of 2014 that limited the ability of GoodGame Agency to brand LCS teams. This resulted in Evil Geniuses’ LCS spot going to Winterfox. Winterfox acquired Evil Genius’ roster in January of 2015, but the team was relegated to the Challenger Series and then disbanded. 

Evil Geniuses left the League of Legends scene from 2015 to 2018. But after a five-year hiatus from the game, Evil Geniuses purchased Echo Fox’s LCS slot after the team left the scene and later dissolved. It was made official in September of 2019, “building a team from the ground up in order to take on this new and exciting challenge.” 

“A part of my experience with EG is knowing that in order to be considered the best, you have to compete where the best are. I could not imagine an EG without a push towards the LCS, and we’re happy to be able to put down roots as a franchise owner,” Evil Geniuses’ CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson said at the time. 

Evil Geniuses entered the 2020 LCS preseason without a single player signed to their roster. Early in the offseason, the organization completed a multi-million dollar deal with Cloud9, acquiring four of their former players: Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam, Colin “Kumo” Zhao, and Matthew “Deftly” Chen. Evil Geniuses then bought Bae “Bang” Jun-sik from 100 Thieves. The team’s 2020 roster was rounded out by Team Vitality's former mid laner Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro.

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