North American esports organization Evil Geniuses announced Saturday it has let go of its Overwatch roster citing recent issues in performance.
According to the announcement, the players felt like their synergy hasn’t been quite what they’ve hoped, and that they requested their release.
“It’s unfortunate to see the guys going, but I’m excited to see what is next for them as they grow along with Overwatch,” Peter “ppd” Dager, CEO of Evil Geniuses, said in a release. “Talented and passionate players have always found homes here at EG, and this team was full of them. I wish all of the guys the best of luck as they embark on the next journey of their esports careers.”
The team, formerly known as East Wind, has only been together for two months but had some great success in the earlier stages of the team’s acquisition by Evil Geniuses. But the team’s performance was disappointing in the qualifiers for Overwatch Contenders Season Zero, as EG lost in the first round of the second qualifier.
Evil Geniuses is the latest addition to a group of major organizations such Ninjas in Pyjamas, Rise Nation, compLexity, Splyce, Team SoloMid and Dignitas to drop out of Overwatch. Many others have cited a lack of information surrounding Overwatch League, though that does not seem to be the case this time. Evil Geniuses appears interested in returning to the game, as according to Saturday’s announcement, “this is not the end of our interest in competitive Overwatch, and we will be looking on to how the scene continues to develop.”